About Hallowread


is a book festival and mini-con for authors and fans of Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steam Punk and Horror.

Multi-author event with various activities throughout the weekend including

  • Writing Workshops
  • Ghost Tour
  • SteamPunk Author Tea
  • Author Panels
  • Book Signings
  • Paranormal Investigation
  • … and so much more.

Hang out with your favorite authors in our host city, the haunted and historic town of Ellicott City, Maryland!

Local Maryland author of dark urban fantasy, Rachel Rawlings, had a crazy idea. Create a book convention for genre fiction and hold it the weekend before Halloween. The first one was a huge success in 2013 in Ellicott City.

After a year away from home due to a devastating flood that temporarily displaced the convention Rachel is excited to take HallowRead back to Ellicott City for the 7th annual event in October 2019!

Our Other WHY for HallowRead!

While enjoying a great time with your favorite authors, this event will raise funds for The Maryland Book Bank and the continued recovery efforts for the businesses, residents and the rest of the beautiful and eclectic  Ellicott City community through our partner, The Ellicott City Partnership!

HallowRead is an opportunity to have a great time while doing good things for our communities. Our mission is to bring authors and readers together while spreading the word that reading is relevant and books matter especially in a digital age while raising funds for literacy and our host city.

The Value of Just One Ticket to HallowRead!

Just one ticket – whether it’s the $15 writers workshops only or the full monty  – your one ticket will make a difference for our host city or town and the wonderful people who call it home – something Rachel is extremely proud of.

Click here to see a list of HallowRead events

Author Opportunities!

Interested in participating in HallowRead?

  • Registration of $75.00 includes a feature on panels, the signing, website and social media, plus other special incentives and lunch both days!

Interested in advertising with HallowRead?

  • We have two affordable options for our authors and publishers!
  • Program ($25) – usually a logo and tagline or swag bag ads ($75)

We love accepting swag contributions for the reader bags!

For these opportunities for Authors and Advertisers, please contact: click here to email Rachel Rawlings with any questions or additional information you may require.