Sunday, August 24, 2014
I can't really think of a better way to spend a Saturday than hanging out with hundreds of horror fans. That's what I got to do at the first annual Connecticut Horror Fest yesterday in Waterbury, CT, and I'm already looking forward to next year.
This was actually the first time I had set up at a horror show to sell books, as most of the shows I go to are comics shows for the Secret Identity podcast. I was hopeful that my books would sell decently at a show for their intended audience, and I'm happy to say I was right. By the end of the day, I'd covered the cost of my table and then some. That aspect of the show was very validating for me, and it's hard to describe how great it feels to have someone be genuinely excited about reading something you wrote. It's a pretty amazing feeling.
But the real joy for me yesterday was meeting fellow horror fans and talking about the genre we love all day long. I met a bunch of Lovecraft fans, and we talked about everything from his legacy in horror to the idea that he may have been a time traveler (seriously, how did he come up with those cosmic ideas a hundred years ago?). I also met several Chambers fans who were well versed in the King in Yellow, which I could talk about for hours on end. And of course, almost every conversation I had with a congoer involved a list of our favorite movies, franchises, authors, etc.
Anyone who knows me also knows I'm a diehard heavy metal fan, and there's a lot of crossover between horror and metal, so many great conversations about music were had as well.
In fact, I talked more during that show yesterday than I do at most three-day shows. This morning I can hardly speak, and it's a great reminder of just how many awesome people I talked to yesterday.
I want to thank each and every person who came by the table yesterday, whether you bought a book, or just stopped by to chat with a fellow horror fan. I am immensely grateful to those who did by books--it means the world to me that you'd spend some of your hard-earned money on something I made.
And last but not least, I want to thank Christine, Rob, Larry, Stephanie and all of the crew at the Horror News Network for putting on a fantastic show. Everyone I saw had a great time, and I had an absolute blast. I'll be there again next year for sure.
P.S. Special shout out to my con neighbor Jenn, who took the goofy picture of me above.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I am super excited to be a part of the first annual Connecticut Horror Fest this Saturday August 23rd!
From 10AM until 6PM, I‘ll be at the Courtyard Marriott (63 Grand Street) in Waterbury, CT along with some fantastic horror guests. Icon Linda Blair (The Exorcist) will be there, along with IronE Singleton (Walking Dead), Tony Moran (Halloween) and more than twenty additional horror guests from movies, TV books and comics. Tickets are only $20, and you can get them online (until 3PM today) or at the door on Saturday.
I will have copies of both Courting the King in Yellow and Lovecraft’s Curse available at the show, and I’ll have a limited number of “The Uguborth” prints for sale as well. Each item is $10, but I’ll be offering a bundle of both books and the print for $25.
If you are in the Waterbury area, come down to the show and hang out with a bunch of fellow horror fanatics!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
My good friends over at Kitbash Brand Design put together this awesome postcard for me to hand out at shows and to local booksellers. I am psyched about how these came out. I wanted to have a card that brought together the three stories in the series so far, and kept the aesthetics of the two novels.
My pal Jeff Rodgers and fellow Kitbasher Mike Jackson came up with the design.
You can find out ore about Kitbash over at getkitbashed.com, or on the Kitbash Facebook page. And look for the cards at a convention or bookstore near you!
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Recently I commissioned my amazingly talented pal Mike Valade to create a print for me based on a scene from Lovecraft's Curse. In the prologue of that book, H.P. Lovecraft faces off against the Uguborth--a creature of the Dreamlands that drowns its victims and then adds their bodies to its own frame.
I sent Mike the scene from the prologue and let him work his magic. Mike's visual representation of that scene is tonally perfect, and really captures what I was thinking about when I created the Uguborth for the book.
The idea of having a print made for Lovecraft's Curse really stems from two particular things. One, I am a huge fan of '80s horror movies and the posters that were used to market them. Many of the movie posters or VHS box art that accompanied '80s horror films were what got me to watch them in the first place. I mean, look at these:
It was a blast working with Mike on this project, and I definitely want to do a print for Courting the King in Yellow and Lovecraft's Pupil as well. I even have a few ideas about a line of posters for my books done in an '80s horror movie style. Either way, I'll be working with Mike again for sure. You can actually check out a bunch of Mike's artwork over on his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/Valade.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
My summer of conventions continues this weekend with Connecticut ComiCONN, which is happening Friday 8/15 through Sunday 8/17 at the Webster bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. Not only will I be selling books and doing podcast interviews, but I'll be hosting and moderating panels all weekend long!
On Friday night from 7:15 to 8PM in the Harbor Room, I'll be hosting a panel on Starting Your Own Podcast. The panel will also feature my show partner Matt Herring, Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central and the IndyCast, Mitch Hallock of the IndyCast and ComicCONN-verstions and Laird Malamed from the indyCast and BondCast. We'll be talking about getting a podcast off the ground, and covering some of the topics that are featured in my book Making Ear Candy, as well as taking questions from the audience.
On Saturday at 3PM in the Harbor Room, I'm moderating a panel that will take a look back at Spider-Man's Clone Saga, featuring longtime Marvel editor Danny Fingeroth and Spider-Man writer Todd DeZago. We'll look at the event itself, as well as the legacy it left in the pages of Spider-man history.
Finally on Sunday at 3PM in the Harbor Room I'll be moderating a panel on Writing Comics with Danny Fingeroth and legend Denny O'Neil. Both have a long history of writing and editing comics, both have penned books on writing comics, and both have taught classes on the craft of comic writing as well. Anyone remotely interested in writing comics should be at this panel.
So, if you're in the Massachusetts/Connecticut/New York area, you should really try to get out to the show this weekend. There are a ton of great creators (George Perez, Keith Giffen, Jamal Igle and more), TV and movie personalities (Nicholas Brendon, William Katt and more), vendors, cosplay events and so much more.
You can find out more about all the programming and get your tickets at www.comiconn.com. Hope to see you there!