A Visit to Makers Mark (The Road to Dragon*Con, Part 2)

I SURVIVED the roach. I never saw him again. Though… perhaps he got off the floor of that dingy hotel room after I clobbered him with the TV remote and crawled down my throat to get his vengeance while I was sleeping… because today, the area of my tonsils feels like it’s been sandpapered. Yep, I’ve got the post-con, didn’t-sleep-for-four-days blues. And another busy weekend coming up to boot — a newspaper interview and booksigning tomorrow night and a…

Continue reading

Attacking the Dragon (The Road to Dragon*Con ’08 Part 1)

PEOPLE HAVE TOLD  me for years that I should go to Dragon*Con in  Atlanta, but I never found a good reason – while it’s a huge  convention (30,000+ attendees) – it’s known for being a SF/F/Gaming  con, not a horror home. Nevertheless, this year when I found out  Covenant was being released the week of the con, I figured, what the  hell? I also figured, why not drive down, save a little on airfare, and do a …

Continue reading

World Horror Convention 2008 or, Why I Hate Wyoming

LAST YEAR, FOR NO good reason, Bill Breedlove and I decided to roadtrip to WHC in Toronto. It was a great time, and somehow we didn’t kill each other over the music selections for the trip. So this year, when we decided our press Dark Arts Books was going to run both a party at World Horror and a Dealers Room Table, we opted to road trip again… despite the fact that the trip was…

Continue reading

World Horror Convention 2007 – A Journey to the North End of the Earth

SO, AT SOME POINT, this year’s World Horror went from a standard annual convention to… a Road Trip (capital R). Initially I thought… what the hell. It’s an 8-9 hour drive from Chicago, right? I can listen to a lot of good albums at full volume during that time, and honestly, if I flew, door-to-door from home to hotel was probably 6 hours anyway, right? And then there were all those worries with customs. I…

Continue reading

World Horror Convention 2006 – San Francisco

BAD BOOKENDS So, on my way to the airport on Wednesday morning, there’s such a ridiculous traffic jam, that I almost miss the plane (even though I left early) and at 6 a.m. on Thursday, the first morning of the con, I’m woken up by my wife who tells me that there’s an emergency back home. Then a couple days later on the way home, my bags decided to take a vacation in St. Louis.…

Continue reading

World Fantasy Convention 2005 – Looking back and forward again

IT’S BEEN NINE YEARS since my last World Fantasy Con — which was held in Schaumburg, right down the street from where I work, and was also my first World Con. At that convention, I was still very much a newbie writer, knew no one and had no idea what to expect, but I made some great contacts — from Ken Wisman and Joe and Bobbi Morey who ran Dark Regions magazine to writers like…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading