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Beth at Age 4 Already a fastidious fashion queen at age 4, lil’ Liza Jane poses in front of the cabin her family rented at Buckroe Beach, Virginia. And where, pray tell, is the rest of the family? What has Elizabeth Jane done with them? Are you sure you want to know?
Beth After Graduating in 1971 The summer of 1971, Beth is a newly graduated "scholar" from Waynesboro High School. Here she stands in front of a poster of a popular movie of the day, starring the man she plans to marry.
Beth in 'Fiddler on the Roof' in 1976 Beth performs with the Waynesboro Players in "Fiddler on the Roof" in the spring of 1976. She’s in the middle. She had to catch both those brooms without looking, and never dropped them once. Talents abound.
Beth and Barb Performing 'Sisters' in 1984 In 1984, Beth performs with sister Barb, singing their own skewed version of White Christmas' "Sisters." They might look harmless here, but it didn’t stay that way for long.
Beth and Barb Performing 'Necon Whores' Skit in 2001 July, 2001, Necon 21 – Beth (left) and Barb (right) performed again, this time as the "Necon Whores." Note that the sweet fashion of years past have been replaced by practical, working woman’s garb.
Beth and Friends at Necon 21 Necon 21, Beth poses with some of the Necon dudes…(left to right) Hank Wagner, Peter Straub, Dave Hinchberger, and Cortney Skinner. So, when you see this bunch, do you think "horror writers/artists" or "Saturday afternoon golfers?"
Beth, Yvonne, and Barb at Necon 22 At Necon 22, July 2002, the incredibly talented trio...Yvonne Navarro, Barbara Spilman Lawson, and Elizabeth Massie...hoist many a book to the Friday night Author Party and big-ass booksigning.
Dealers' Room at Horrorfind 2004 Horrorfind, August 2004. Huge crowds visited the Horrorfind Dealers' Room. Here, writers with works in the newly released anthology, Shivers III, gather at the Cemetery Dance table for a mass signing. Elizabeth chats with Tom Monteleone while F. Paul Wilson scribbles something profound.
Elizabeth and Douglas Clegg Reading/Signing at Horrorfind 2004 Elizabeth and Douglas Clegg shared a reading/signing time slot. There was standing room only!
F. Paul Wilson, Tom Monteleone, Beth, and Kelly Laymon at Horrorfind 2004 Left to right F. Paul Wilson, Tom Monteleone, Elizabeth Massie, and Kelly Laymon at the Cemetery Dance table during the mass Shivers III signing.
Conrad Brooks, Beth, and Cortney Skinner at Horrorfind 2004 Horrorfind 2004, August 13-15, Hunt Valley, Maryland. Conrad Brooks (Patrolman Jamie of "Plan 9 From Outer Space"), Elizabeth, and illustrator Cortney Skinner enjoyed talking about Conrad's new creative venues, such as the recently released DVD, "Hillbilly Monster."
'Persephone: Women in Horror' Panel at the World Horror Convention Elizabeth took part in the 'Persephone: Women in Horror' panel at the World Horror Convention in April 2005. Sitting, left to right: Rain Graves, Lisa Mannetti, Nancy Kilpatrick, Sephera Giron. Standing, left to right: Yvonne Navarro, Elizabeth, Tina Jens, Linda Addison, Michelle Scalise, Laura Anne Gilman
Barb and Beth Eating at Necon XXV Barb and Beth delicately, daintily sample the yummy fare in the dining hall at Necon XXV, July 2005.
Barb and Beth in 'Necon Whores' at Necon XXV Necon Whores, Necon XXV, July 2005. Barb adjusts her wares as Beth snarls cheerfully to the crowd.
Barb and Beth Say 'Shhh!' in 'Necon Whores' at Necon XXV Necon Whores, Necon XXV, July 2005. Barb and Beth remind everyone that "Shhh! What happens at Necon stays at Necon!"
'Beth, Gina Farago, and Stephen Mark Rainey at Horrorfind V Beth, Gina Farago, and Stephen Mark Rainey outside the very crowded dealer's room at Horrorfind V, August 2005. Photo by Terry Bane.
During a moment of escape from their duties as Borderlands Bootcamp instructors in Baltimore in January 2006, Beth, David Morrell, Tom Tessier pause to pay respects to the old dried up corpse of Edgar Allan Poe, who resides beneath the marker to the left. The church folks locked the gate when they saw them coming.
David Morrell, Beth, F. Paul Wilson, and Doug Winter hold each other up after the Borderlands Bootcamp comes to a close. Who do you think needed to still wear her name tag so she could recall who she was and where she was?
Elizabeth and Christine Matthews were two of four "Deadly Housewives" authors to give a talk and signing at the Borders in Arlington, Virginia on April 22, 2006. Mmmmm, cookies.
Beach Writers Conference Elizabeth Massie was one of the guest writers at the Beach Writers Conference in North Wildwood, New Jersey, along with Robert Scully, Lou Antosh, Robert Dunbar, Dina Leacock, Jacob Straad. People at this conference were, like, all professional and serious about writing, and took notes and stuff. No wild parties or late night skinny dipping in the surf. Go figure!
Necon Whores? F. Paul Wilson, AKA Cousin Paulette, was Beth's co-whore-host at the Talent Show at Necon 26 (July 13-16, 2006). Barb was off on a job and couldn't make the trip this year. However, Paulette's performance was perfection personified, offered up in a plaid mini skirt, fishnets, and red boa.
"Waltons" creator Earl Hamner, Crystal and Chris Graham of the Augusta Free Press and The New Dominion, and Beth hang out at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, March 24, 2007.
Beth's booksigning at Stone Soup in Waynesboro on March 31, 2007 was a big success. Here, she hands a signed Young Founders copy to a high school reader. Yay for high school readers!
Mary Froelich, owner of Stone Soup, and Beth pose during a down moment at the March 31st booksigning.
At Ravencon, April 20-22, Elizabeth took part on a number of panels where horror, fantasy, and science fiction authors tried to pretend they knew what genre writing was all about and so had a lot to say. A fun time was had by all. Here she shares the table with (left to write, er, right…) James Chambers, Edmund Schubert, David B. Coe, and Dennis Danvers.
Beth and Cortney Skinner hang out at Ravencon between panels, napping, buying stuffed diseases, and eating.
Beth takes a break from her office to breathe in that sweet Virginia breeze, June 2007. This photo was taken to accompany the interview she did about her upcoming ghost novel, Homeplace, for the summer edition of The New Dominion.
At Necon 27, July 19-22, Beth and life partner-in-crime Cortney Skinner took part on the "All In the Family" panel in which four couples discussed the fun and frolic of living and working with someone else in the creative (art or writing) fields. Other panel members included Yvonne Navarro and Weston Ochse, Holly Newstein and Rick Hautala, and Lynn Hansen and Jeff Strand. Here, Lynn checks Beth's watch to see how much longer the freakin' panel is going to go on.
Necon 27, July 19-22. Here, Beth and Laurie Williamson listen to Chet pluck some wonderful tune on his gee-tar late Saturday night (more like Sunday morning around 1 a.m..) Also chiming in but not pictured are F. Paul Wilson on a teeny tiny gee-tar and Rhodi Hawk on a banjo. Next year? We'll add a fiddle, jaw harp, jug, and band saw. Note Beth's 'Mystery Hole' sweatshirt. And yes, the Mystery Hole does, indeed, rock.
On November 2, 2007, Beth read from and signed copies of her ghost novel, Homeplace, to a fun group at Stone Soup Bookstore and Cafe. Mary Froelich, the owner of the store, has to be one of the best, most gracious hosts for book signings, ever. She creates atmosphere and makes the writer feel very welcomed and comfy! I can't recommend Stone Soup enough for their friendliness, greats selection of books, and delicious foods. Thanks, Mary!
Shenandoah Moon In 2009, "Shenandoah Moon," a play Beth co-wrote with Barbara Spilman Lawson and Duane Hahn, was performed to rave reviews. This musical is based on the efforts to build the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the upheavals this caused to the people who lived on the mountains and in the way.
Beth gets away from the computer a while and up into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beth gets away from the computer a while and up into the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
Necon, 2010. Beth and Cortney were the honored "Roastees" at the annual Necon Roast. Hilarious, fun, and appreciated. Especially Cort's lovely paper bag wig, created by Doug Winter. Necon, 2010. Beth and Cortney were the honored "Roastees" at the annual Necon Roast. Hilarious, fun, and appreciated. Especially Cort's lovely paper bag wig, created by Doug Winter.
Joe Hill Necon, 2010. Joe Hill liked my 3-Eyed Devil Cat clock, as shown on his iPad.
At MonsterFest in Chesapeake in October 2010, Beth was a total fan girl when she got to meet Bowman Body, the Richmond-based monster movie host of days gone by. At MonsterFest in Chesapeake in October 2010, Beth was a total fan girl when she got to meet Bowman Body, the Richmond-based monster movie host of days gone by.