Early Saturday morning I made my way down to the Matrix Conference Center in Danbury, Connecticut. It was about an hour and a half drive for me, but I got to catch up on some podcasts during the ride, so that was just fine with me. The area of the Matrix Center that the con was in was huge, and it kind of flowed in a big circle. My table was right next to the panel room and the cafeteria, so I was in good position for foot traffic.
The show doors opened at 11am, and my first sale of the day was a guy named Chris who had bought the first two books in the Parted Veil series at the show last year. The fact that he came back and found me this year was amazing. I could have packed up after that and left, and the day would have been a success. But it just kept getting better.
Throughout the day, people I met last year came to the table to let me know they enjoyed the books, and to pick up the new one. And the conversations we had--about horror, music, comics--were all fantastic. I was losing my voice two hours into the show and I loved it. At some point, I started writing down the names of people who came by the table and either bought books or just hung out and chatted. So, thanks to Sara, Stephanie, Cyndi, Jonathan, KC, Mike, Georjean, Jess, Ryan, Jeanette, Alexander, Jason and anyone else that I forgot to write down. I will never be able to put into words how much your support means to me, and how inspiring it is.
My neighbor Christopher Titus was also a great guy, and he's ridiculously talented. We spent the day talking about music and our kids. I also saw my friends Jess Rougeau and Ryan Meyer, who I hadn't seen in a year (you may remember Jess was a guest on the SBW podcast).
There were some amazing cosplays, too:
Sean Fowler from the Hartford Courant came by the show to take pics and took one of me looking like a dork at my table:
You can actually see all of the pics Sean took in a gallery at CTNow.com.
And to top off the day, I got to meet Doug Bradley, the man who played Pinhead in the Hellraiser series, and tell him how much I've enjoyed his work over the years. He was a really nice guy.
So, all in all, a pretty amazing day. I want to thank Christine and Rob Caprilozzi, and all of the Horror News Network crew, for putting on another amazing show. They are a really great group of people, and you should be checking out their work and supporting them.
I can't wait for next year!!