THRILLS AND CHILLS - San Antonio Book Festival
April, 15 2023


  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Festival Room
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 12:30 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Johnny Compton (The Spite House) and Gerardo Sámano Córdova (Monstrilio) discuss their debut novels, monsters, and how horror can be an avenue of discussing grief, trauma, and familial love. 

About the Authors

Johnny Compton - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Louis Scott / Scott Photography

Johnny Compton

Johnny Compton is a writer and podcaster. His short stories have appeared in PseudoPodStrange Horizons, The NoSleep Podcast, and many others. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the creator and host of the podcast Healthy Fears. His book, The Spite House, is a gothic thriller set in the Texas Hill Country.

Gerardo Sámano Córdova - The San Antonio Book Festival

Gerardo Sámano Córdova

Gerardo Sámano Córdova is a writer and artist from Mexico City, where he currently resides. He holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan. He has studied with Alexander Chee at Bread Loaf as a work/study scholar, and with Garth Greenwell at Tin House. His work has appeared in Ninth LetterPassages North, and Chicago Quarterly Review, and is forthcoming in The CommonMonstrilio is his debut novel. 


Gerardo Sámano Córdova - The San Antonio Book Festival

Celso Hurtado

Celso Hurtado was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. His first book, The Ghost Tracks, was praised by NPR and won an International Latino Book Award. He is also a member of the Horror Writers Association. His second book, The Devil’s Promise, will be released this fall.

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