Flashback Weekend 2011

SO FOR YEARS NOW,  I’ve heard about how I should go to Flashback Weekend, a horror media con held out in Rosemont, IL (not far from where I work). For one reason or another, I’ve never ended up going, but this year, Mitch Wells, from The Horror Society.com offered to sell some of my books from his table, so I decided to head up and take him up on it — and finally check out…

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World Horror Convention 2011 – A Return to Austin and WHC!

I HAD A GOOD STRING of World Horror Convention attendance going — 9 in a row all told from 2000 to 2008. But when the con crossed the ocean to go to Brighton, UK in 2009, I just couldn’t justify the expense and had to sit out a year. And then they went out of country again in 2010 — to Winnipeg, Canada… where basically nobody registered to go. Including me. So… after missing World…

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Meeting Ramsey Campbell at Hypericon

I BOUGHT MY FIRST Ramsey Campbell novel, Ancient Images, over 20 years ago. I loved the perfect combination of mystery and dread it displayed, with a classic celluloid theme as a backdrop. This weekend, I not only got Ramsey Campbell to sign that well-worn book, I took him and his wife Jenny to dinner on behalf of Hypericon, a Nashville Convention where he was the guest of honor. Not only did I get to introduce…

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CREEPTYCH to Hypericon

LAST SATURDAY, when I got home from taking my son Shaun to his first Chicago Cubs game (where my Cubbies trounced arch enemies the St. Louis Cardinals!) I found a box sitting on the porch from Delirium Books. I cracked the tape open to find a stack of my new mini-hardcover short story collection Creeptych. A three-story collection of “buggy” stories, this book is close to my heart, as it resuscitates the mothballed Delirium hardcover chapbook format…

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See THE 13TH at B-Movies 2

THE BOOK TRAILER for my 3rd novel The 13th will be shown at the B-Movie Madness 2 Film Festival this Saturday! I’m really looking forward to hanging out at the fest all day, signing some books and seeing the trailer up on the big screen. Not only that, I’m really psyched to see Kevin Tenney, the director of Night of the Demons and Brain Dead, who will be doing a Q&A there since they’re showing…

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Zombies, Dark Flix & The 13th

OK. IT’S ALL ABOUT to get crazy again. Tomorrow I’m off to Milwaukee for the weekend to guest at ZombieConX… which will also serve as the launchpad for the mass market paperback release of The 13th. Leisure Books shipped the first box, hot of the press, directly to the hotel… so copies are actually there waiting for me now (I haven’t seen a copy myself yet!) After Zombie Con, I’ll be doing a couple events in…

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Hypericon & a BBQ obsession

I’VE ALWAYS LOVED BARBECUE. Hell, I have my own secret sauce recipe. I’ve had great barbecue in Kansas City and Austin and Dallas, among other cities. But my favorite to date may be a little place in Nashville, TN called Jack’s Bar-B-Que. Thank you, Hypericon, for having me down to Nashville so I could discover it! Here’s how it all went down. (And FYI – you can click on any photos on this page for…

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Stokers 2009 Redux w/Pix!

I’VE BEEN TO several Bram Stoker Award ceremonies over the years. I remember my first couple, in the early 2000s, felt very formal and a little stuffy (though that might have had more to do with me being a newbie to the field than the events themselves). The last couple I went to were simply nerve-wracking for me, since I was a nominee. This year’s, however, was the best ever, as far as I’m concerned!…

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Of Mice and Michigan

I THOUGHT THINGS were going to slow down after the end of the main leg of the Covenant bookstore tour… but life hasn’t crept to a halt by any means. Over the past month I haven’t blogged because… well… I still haven’t been home! Shortly after my Oct. 24 signing in Racine, I spent more than a week helping to man my dayjob’s annual convention, and a few days after returning from that, I hopped…

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Chicago Horror Film Fest – Bloody Good Fun!

LAST WEEKEND, I spent Friday through Sunday hanging out as a guest at the Chicago Horror Film Festival at Chicago’s Portage Theatre… and had a bloody great time! Friday night at the fest I finally met a bunch of folks I’d only previously known through e-mail, including  members of my MySpace friend list, the gang from www.horroravenue.net (who ran a table of horror garb next to me), Brian Kirst from the Horror Society and more… Jimmy Z from The…

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