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Spook it Up with the Authors of Not Afraid to Slay: Women of the Haunt Industry

  • October 06, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom



Wednesday, October 6th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET

Free for WMG members and non-members

Join this wildly thrilling, chilling Halloween how-to featuring Jan Knuth, the owner of Grey House Haunts, a professional haunted house in Central Nebraska, LaNelle Freeman (Texas Haunters Convention), along with more of the industry’s finest in design, tech, acting, FX makeup, and costuming. With the summer release of their book, Not Afraid to Slay, Jan and WMG’s own Candi Cross, programming co-chair, have appeared at Midwest Haunters, Texas Haunters Convention, Hauntopic, Haunting U, and Chamber of Haunters. Next stop: WMG’s Zoom room before Jan opens up her house for the season—and she may even show you around a little. This event is virtual—dress up and drink up. Best costume and spirited cocktail will be selected and praised.    


Purchase the book!


Not Afraid to Slay takes a feminist, insider’s view at a fast-growing entertainment industry: haunting. This is an effective general introduction to the haunt industry that’s enlivened by charm and wit. Knuth engages in wry asides and writes in a distinctive, personalized style. But the book also remembers to treat serious topics, including staff safety, with a more sober tone. The effect is a compelling treatment of a niche but growing industry.” –Foreword


About Candi S. Cross:


Candi S. Cross dressed as Raggedy Ann on her first wild Halloween night out as a toddler. She is the founder of You Talk I Write, a modern ghostwriting agency. She has co-developed approximately 150 books with authors worldwide.

About LaNelle Freeman:

LaNelle Freeman is part owner of the Texas Haunters Convention. The Texas Haunters Convention is a two day Halloween convention targeting Halloween and cosplay fans. It is geared towards haunt owners, industry professionals, home haunters, families, trick or treaters, and just anyone who loves the Halloween season. 


About Jan Knuth:


Jan Knuth became fascinated with Halloween as a child and acted on that passion in 2007 when she started a home haunt, which ran through 2013. She then went on to become the sole owner and director of Grey House Haunts, a Halloween haunted house, in 2014. In 2019, with the goal of helping the haunt industry continue to grow and thrive, Jan joined the board of the Chamber of Haunters as 2nd vice-chair. Not Afraid to Slay is her debut as an author.  


About the Moderator:


Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Kelly Hoey recalls her Halloween costumes always included rubber boots and a raincoat - and that a paper mache space helmet wasn't the smartest costume design. Kelly is the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World wherein she addresses the frightening topic of networking.

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