“A world-building summit and undead writer’s retreat in the Zombie Capital of the World hosted by Amazon Top 100 Horror Authors, Zach Bohannon and J. Thorn.”

A writer’s retreat, Night of the Living Dead celebration, and destination vacation in one epic weekend!

Are you struggling to get your post-apocalyptic stories in front of readers? Do your zombies lack bite? Have you dreamed of building a zombie universe with other authors and writing stories in that shared world? We’ve got the solution to your problem.

WORK WITH US ON A ZOMBIE ANTHOLOGY TO BE PUBLISHED ON AMAZON, KOBO, APPLE, BARNES & NOBLE, AND MORE!

The aroma of apple cider and falling leaves fills the crisp, autumn air as you stroll through Lawrenceville, the neighborhood that Time Magazine ranked the #1 coolest neighborhood in the United States. Gather in the Row House Cinema and join in the world-building sessions for a new zombie universe to honor the 50th anniversary of the release of Night of the Living Dead. Join the other walking dead and shuffle through the graveyard where George Romero filmed his classic masterpiece. Stumble down the halls of Monroeville Mall, the primary filming location for Dawn of the Dead. You’re in the Zombie Capital of the World, and now it’s time for you to add to the mythology and honor the legend.

DON’T WRITE ZOMBIE FICTION? NOT AN AUTHOR? NOT A PROBLEM. JOIN US FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!

Here’s your chance to check multiple items off your bucket list. J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon are proud to introduce – “Night of the Writing Dead.” Join the co-founders of Molten Universe Media on October 6-7, 2018 as the city that gave birth to the modern zombie genre comes alive with a month-long party commemorating 50 years of the Living Dead. Visit the official Living Dead Museum as well as other historic set locations that have become legendary in zombie film and fiction. But there’s more—You’ll be joined by a horde of other authors all writing their own zombie short story or co-writing a short story that will be included in an anthology published by Molten Universe Media and sold on Amazon.com!

Your registration fee includes two 4-hour world-building seminars (with a light breakfast), Saturday afternoon breakout workshops, a Saturday night double-feature, self-guided tours, and a host of 50th-anniversary events happening all over the city. Also, Zach and J. will cover all publication costs of the anthology including an official Story Grid certified edit of every short story – a $1,000 value! Plus, be part of a world record attempt to be revealed later.

CERTIFIED STORY GRID EDIT VALUED AT $1,500!

Don’t miss out because there will never be another 50th-anniversary celebration and we are never hosting this event again. “Night of the Writing Dead” will sell out faster than a zombie from 28 Days Later.

OUR PACKAGES

Virtual
$79
On sale until 09-01-18 ONLY!
A video recording of the world-building seminars in Row House Cinema
A limited-edition, commemorative "Night of the Writing Dead" patch
A free digital copy of the "Night of the Writing Dead" short story anthology
*A submission ticket which allows you to apply for inclusion in the "Night of the Writing Dead" short story anthology
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VIP
$499
Only 10 seats available!
2 fully-interactive, world-building seminars in Row House Cinema
A video recording of the world-building seminars in Row House Cinema
Curated undead entertainment, in and around Pittsburgh for the 50th anniversary celebration
Self-guided tours of zombie landmarks including the Evans City Cemetery and Monroeville Mall (not part of the official program but near Pittsburgh)
2 jam-packed days of panels, seminars, and workshops on craft, marketing, publishing, and branding by two career authors
Free ticket to the Saturday night double-feature at Row House Cinema
**Surprise guest speakers
**A chance to get your name in the Guinness Book of World Records
A limited-edition, commemorative "Night of the Writing Dead" patch
A limited-edition, commemorative "Night of the Writing Dead" t-shirt with your name on the back
A free digital copy of the "Night of the Writing Dead" short story anthology
A free paperback copy of the "Night of the Writing Dead" short story anthology
Guaranteed inclusion in the "Night of the Writing Dead" short story anthology
Premium placement in the "Night of the Writing Dead" short story anthology
Drinks and cocktails at a private VIP kickoff party on Friday night
Lunch at an exclusive VIP room on Sunday afternoon
Lifetime access to “The Author Success Method” online video course for FREE ($400 value)
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For a limited time, get “The Author Success Method” online video course for FREE with a Live or VIP ticket!

A $500 VALUE!

*The anthology will NOT be open for submissions to the general public.
**Guest speakers are subject to change and we cannot guarantee we’ll set a world record, but we’re going to try.

Attendees are responsible for their transportation to and from Pittsburgh, lodging, and meals. Those interested in going on location for the self-guided tours should consider a rental car or ride sharing service if flying to Pittsburgh.
We have reserved discounted blocks at 3 hotels near the theater with rates ranging from $149-$209/night. AirBNB options in the neighborhood can be found here.
An early-bird payment plan is available (until June 1, 2018), $59/month for five months billed as a subscription via PayPal. Please note that you will be charged “zero dollars” when registering and then you will be sent to PayPal to set up the billing. Save $50 by paying in full for the live ticket.

Click here for the early-bird payment plan.

TENTATIVE AGENDA

Friday
October 5, 2018
6:00 p.m. - Private dinner at The Abbey (VIP only)
Saturday
October 6, 2018
8:30 a.m. - Free "Cereal Bar Buffet" and coffee at Row House Cinema
9:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m. - World Building Summit
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Panels, workshops, seminars, self-guided tours
6:00 p.m. - Saturday night double-feature at Row House Cinema
Sunday
October 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. - Free "Cereal Bar Buffet" and coffee at Row House Cinema
9:00 a.m. - Panels, workshops, seminars, self-guided tours
11:00 a.m. - Closing Ceremony
12:00 p.m. - Lunch (VIP only)

Other amazing things to do in Pittsburgh in October:

  • Kickback Pinball Cafe
  • The Strip District
  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • The Dinosaur exhibit at The Carnegie Museum
  • Kennywood Amusement Park
  • The Trundle Manor Scare House
  • The Carnegie Art Museum crawl (Friday night)
  • “Open Gym” at The Ace Hotel in East Liberty (TBD)
  • ALL the other Night of the Living Dead 50th Anniversary events

J. Thorn & Zach Bohannon are the co-owners of Molten Universe Media, masters of collaboration, and a pair of Amazon Top 100 Horror Authors. Dawn, the first book in their Final Awakening trilogy hit 1,000,000 page reads in its first 100 days on Amazon. Zach’s breakout series Empty Bodies has been a zombie bestseller for years. J. grew up in Pittsburgh and spent his teenage years mindlessly shuffling around Monroeville Mall where George Romero filmed Dawn of the Dead in 1978.