Gothic Fest, Stoker Press and a Halloween Tour

WITH THE BIRTH of my son, Shaun Austin on July 15, I’ve been a little too…busy…to update this journal…but there’s been lots going on. I’ve had a bunch of press hit on my winning the HWA Bram Stoker award (see Chicago Tribune article at right!), and have a lined up a long list of appearances for October and November. This week kicked off the official “John Everson Halloween 2005 Tour!” Seriously, I have more events…

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HWA Stoker Weekend 2005

NANCY ETCHEMENDY CAN correct me, but I’m pretty sure my first words to her upon returning from the podium were…”holy crap.” I didn’t expect to win the Stoker Award for First Novel from the Horror Writers Association (HWA) last weekend. Honest. It was an honor to be nominated, but while my novel, Covenant, received good initial reviews, it was also on the smallest press out of the four nominees, so I really didn’t have high…

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World Horror Convention 2005 – Return to New York!

WHEN MY PLANE landed at LaGuardia Airport on April 7, 2005, my heart leapt — it felt like I was coming home. It was the first time I’d been back to Manhattan since I spent a summer there as a magazine intern in NYC 18 years ago, working on 52nd Street and living down near the East Village in an NYU dorm. It remains one of my favorite times in my life. And when I…

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COVENANT nominated for Bram Stoker Award!

WOW…JUST…WOW! What a month. Yesterday, the Horror Writers Association announced the Final Ballot for the 2004 Bram Stoker Awards — and my novel Covenant (Delirium Books) was nominated in the “First Novel” category, along with Black Fire by James Kidman (Leisure) Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas (Night Shade Books) and Stained by Lee Thomas (Wildside Press). It was also announced that my publisher, Delirium Books, will receive the 2004 Specialty Press Award for its…

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A New Website for a New Year!

I’VE PRETTY MUCH  DEVOTED every spare minute of the past month to redesigning this Dark Arts Web site, which went live this week. I didn’t realize til I dug in that I had about 70 pages of content lurking about through various subsections on the site, so it took a lot longer to pour everything into the new format than I anticipated! (Geri started to wonder if she still had a husband somewhere). If you never…

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New Novel, New Stories… soon to be New Year!

I CAN’T BELIEVE the end of the year has rolled around so fast! But here it is…less than two weeks from 2005. I hope you all have a great Christmas, and look forward to hearing from you in the New Year! It’s been an incredible year for me; my first horror novel, Covenant, came out last month from Delirium Books, and in October, Twilight Tales published an anthology I co-edited and designed with Tina L.…

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Horrorfind – Baltimore, August 2004

UNCERTAINTY. DESIRE. INDECISION. That’s the framework for my Horrorfind 2004 experience, and the reason I ultimately went to the con but didn’t register in time to participate in readings or panels. I’ve wanted to go to the con the past two years, but work commitments always intervened. This summer though, I finally had an opening to go…but various things kept me hedging ‘til the end. I know. Standard male schtick. Can’t commit. But damn. I…

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World Horror Convention 2004 – Phoenix: A Quiet but Cool Con

IF YOU THOUGHT Kansas City’s World Horror Convention in 2003 seemed the quietest WHC, then you weren’t in Phoenix. Oh that’s right, of course you weren’t. Nobody was! OK, that’s not strictly true. Some of us were. But this was the poorest attended con of any I’ve been to, and it showed. Programming was sparse, and standard WHC events like Editor Pitch Meetings, Loren Rhoads‘ Morbid Curiousity Open Mic and even the Gross-Out Contest were…

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2003 took me from the North Woods to San Diego brush fires

AS USUAL, I’VE LET nearly half a year slip by without writing here. Not that a lot hasn’t gone on. I recently had the (?) pleasure (?) of spending eight days in San Diego on business, and arrived just about a day before the worst brush fires in San Diego history broke out. One night I went to bed and everything was summery and fine, and the next morning when I left my hotel, the…

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