Last year, The Horror Show with Brian Keene held a 24-hour live streaming telethon to raise money for Scares That Care, a 501C(3) charity that helps children with cancer, women with breast cancer, and burn victims. Our goal for that 24-hour period was $10,000. Thanks to the kindness of the horror genre — both the fans and the professionals who make up our community — we exceeded that goal.

This year, we are doubling our goal, and intend to raise $20,000 is 24 hours. Once again, the beneficiary will be Scares That Care. All of the money raised will go directly to the charity. STC is a completely volunteer organization. None of our staff and no one on the Board of Directors draws a salary. The money goes directly to the families in need.

The 2018 Horror Show with Brian Keene Telethon will begin at noon (EST) on May 11 and end at noon (EST) on May 12. Just like last year, it will be livestreamed across the world via YouTube. It will be free to listen to, so no matter where you live, you can participate.

You can also attend the telethon, and be part of our live studio audience. The telethon will be held at Courtyard Marriott 2799 Concord Road, York PA 17402. You will need a ticket to be part of the live studio audience. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Seating is limited to 80 people. (All proceeds raised from ticket sales will go directly to the $20,000 goal). Your ticket guarantees you 24-hour admission to the telethon — come and go (and sleep) as you please. Please note that by purchasing a ticket and attending, you are granting The Horror Show with Brian Keene permission to broadcast your voice and/or likeness live on the air.

One more important note:

Last year, a number of well-meaning publishers, authors, celebrities, etc. took to social media during the telethon with promises to their followers and fans that “If you buy my book or movie in the next 24 hours, I’ll donate the money to Scares That Care.” Some of them followed through with this. Others did not. Therefore, this year will we not be recognizing or endorsing any such effort by mentioning it on the air.

The best way for publishers, authors, musicians, and celebrities to help is to promote the telethon as it is happening. Encourage your followers and fans to tune in to the live-stream. More importantly, encourage them to donate. If you would like to organize a fundraising drive to benefit the charity, do it in advance, and then donate the money the day of the telethon. Call into the show or send us a message with your donation. “Hi, Brian. This is Fred Spacklepaste, author of Your Mom Is A Vampire. Over the last month, my fans raised $500 for Scares That Care, and I’ve just sent it in.” That is something we will gladly recognize and announce on the air.

In short, this isn’t about promoting your product. It’s about raising money for kids with cancer and burns.

So, to recap:

WHAT: The Horror Show with Brian Keene 2018 Telethon — a live, 24-hour event that will be streamed around the world for free, during which we will raise $20,000 for charity.

WHEN: May 11 and 12, 2018

WHERE: In person at Courtyard Marriott 2799 Concord Road, York PA 17402, or listen for free from the comfort of your home.

TO BE PART OF THE STUDIO AUDIENCE: Click here and buy a ticket. Limited to 80 people.

WHO WILL BE THERE: Well, Brian Keene obviously, along with Dave Thomas, Mary SanGiovanni, Mike Lombardo, Phoebe, Coop, Other Brian Smith and the rest of The Horror Show staff. Scares That Care’s Joe Ripple will be on hand. Celebrity guests such as Dan Padavona, Scott Edelman, Christian Jensen, and many –many — more are scheduled to appear, as well.

With your help, we can do this, and once again show the world how giving and charitable the horror genre’s fans and professionals can be.

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