Monday, October 20, 2014

Rock & Shock 2014 Was Amazing

Few things go together as well as heavy metal and horror, and this past weekend I got to experience the best of both at the Rock & Shock festival in Worcester Mass. Part horror convention, part music festival, Rock & Shock is a carnival of sights and sounds that you won't find anywhere else.

My podcast partner Matt Herring and I covered the show for the Secret Identity podcast. We also set up shop with our friends from Reckless Sidekick Productions and sold some books as well. The show takes place both at the DCU Center and Worcester Palladium, and we bounced between both throughout the show.

One of the highlights for me was seeing our pal George O'Connor and his band Swarm of Eyes play live. I've known George for years now, and this was the first time I got a chance to catch him play.

Swarm of Eyes played an amazing set filled with songs from their debut album "Designing the Dystopia," including this little gem, "Ruins of My Last Salvation."

The crowd ate up everything the band threw at them, including a cover of the Misfits' "Skulls" that lead singer Randy Carter invited members of the crowd to sing along with. It was a great set, and I'm so happy I finally got to check those guys out.

Inside the show I saw everything from horror-themed coffee to live alligators, as well as a slew of celebrities including Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners), Brad Dourif (Child's Play, Exorcist III) and Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster, The Strain).

My absolute favorite part of the experience though was hanging out with fellow horror and metal fans all day and talking about the things we love. You will not find a cooler and nicer group of people in the world, and it's so great when we can all get together and celebrate the things we love.

So, if you missed Rock & Shock this year, you need to plan to be there next year. We'll be there for sure, and I'm already counting down the days. Thanks to the staff and everyone behind the show for letting us be a part of the fun!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Come See Me at Rock & Shock in Worcester, MA This Weekend!

The annual convergence of horror and heavy metal that is Rock & Shock is happening this weekend in Worcester, MA!

Rock & Shock is a four-day heavy metal music festival and horror convention that spans two venues--The DCU Center and the Worcester Palladium.

My show partner Matt and I will be covering the show for the Secret Identity podcast (you can actually read his review of last night's King Diamond show right here), and I will be selling copies of both Lovecraft's Curse and Courting the King in Yellow at the show. The books will be $10 each, and I will be offering a bundle of the two books as well as the Uguborth art print for $25.

All day Saturday I will be with my pals from Reckless Sidekick Productions in the Vendor Area of the DCU Center. I may be coming back for Sunday as well. So, if you're in the Massachusetts area, and you're a fan of horror and heavy metal, head to Rock & Shock this weekend. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Day-Night Cycle of My Current Editing Process

After a few false starts, I am finally immersed in edits for the third book in the Parted Veil series, Lovecraft’s Pupil. My approach to edits has changed a bit with each book, and my enjoyment of the process itself has increased as well.

In the past, I’ve done first edits using a combination of Google Docs, Srivener, and occasionally, the Kindle’s note-making feature. I sort of plowed through first edits, making notes and rewrites at the same time. While it was nice to be “done” with each chapter as I went along, there wasn’t a great flow to my editing process, and I didn’t really enjoy it.

This time around, I’ve simplified the process, printing out the individual chapters of the book and making written edit notes, then going back to Google Docs to make changes and rewrite where necessary. Since the early morning hours are my most creative and productive writing time, I make my edit notes during the evening, so in the mornings I can jump right into writing. This is working really well for me. At night I’m reading and making notes, and I go to bed thinking about the story. In the morning I wake up and can’t wait to write.

I am really enjoying spending time with these characters again, and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact this is the second book with the same set of primary characters. There’s so much heavy lifting to do in a first installment in terms of character and world-building. In the case of the Parted Veil series, I’ve been building the same world for two books, with two largely different casts of characters. As the series moves forward, the connection between the two stories will become more apparent, and the casts will start to come together as well.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Check Out Secret Identity for My Coverage of New York Comic Con 2014!

I spent the last four days attending the biggest comic convention in the country, and I've got the pics to prove it! Over on the Secret Identity website, I've got write-ups about each day of the show, as well as a ton of pics featuring some of the coolest cosplays I ran into in my travels. Here are the quick links for each day's write-up:

NYCC--Day One

NYCC--Day Two

NYCC--Day Three

NYCC--Day Four

Matt and I will also be recording new episodes of the Secret Identity podcast later this week, so you'll be able to hear all about our time at the show when we post those episodes next week. I will also be posting about my experience selling books at the show later this week. Stay tuned!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Check Out Secret Identity and Follow Me on Twitter for NYCC Updates!

The first two days of NYCC have been amazing, and I've been posting about them over on the Secret Identity website, as well as posting pics throughout the day on Twitter. So, for the rest of the weekend, you can keep up with what I'm seeing and doing at the show here:

and here:

You can also listen to the Secret Identity Podcast as well as the next episode of the See Brian Write podcast, where I'll be recapping all of the fun I've been having!