I don’t have
any much time for a blog post. I’ve been pretty much off the grid since my last blog and will disappear again until the end of March. I’m doing the very last edits on the upcoming serial novel Savage Species and preparing Dust Devils, my vampire western, to send to Don D’Auria for publication in February 2014.
Okay, let’s all be honest here. I know you weren’t aware that I disappeared, so you don’t have to pretend. Still…here are some updates:
House of Skin took first runner-up at the Darrell Awards last night. To have my work recognized for the second-best novel of the year by the committee is an incredible honor. Thank you so much to the jury, to the Mid-South Writers Group, and to Mr. Tim Gatewood, who did such a fabulous job communicating with me during the process.
I attended HorrorHound Cincinnati on Friday night and Saturday morning, and to say it was a smashing success would be an understatement. The convention was insane—the line just to get in sometimes exceeded three hours—and the people there were incredibly kind. My books sold out faster than I would have believed possible. I met scores of great people, signed enough autographs to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, and had my picture taken more often than on my wedding day.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I know I’m biased, but I just have to say…Samhain Horror is an incredible thing, and just as you would suspect, the darkest imprint of Samhain Publishing had a huge weekend at the con (not to mention that Samhain, along with FEARnet, sponsored the whole darned shebang, which allowed innumerable folks to meet the likes of Norman Reedus, Michael Madsen, and John Carpenter). Three key people in Samhain’s success were Amanda Hicks, Mackenzie Walton, and Jacob Hammer. Each of these three individuals played a pivotal role in setting things up, marketing, keeping everything running smoothly, and generally making sure the four Samhain authors (Damien couldn’t make it, but I hope to meet her soon) were supported and placed in a position to succeed. A huge thank-you to Amanda, Mackenzie, Jacob, and the rest of the Samhain crew for kicking bootie in every conceivable way. You all are the best!
Another trio I’d like to recognize are Erin Al-Mehairi, Meli Hooker, and Tim Busby. Tim is a fantastic and supportive guy. Erin and Meli have been instrumental in giving Samhain Horror and its writers an opportunity to reach an even wider audience than it already has. Erin runs the excellent Oh, for the Hook of a Book! blog, which should be added immediately to your list of bookmarked sites. Meli is one of the brilliant and twisted minds behind Dreadful Tales and The Mortuary. And though the two women have different tastes in literature and different personalities, they do have some key traits in common—they’re smart, they’re incredibly generous with their time, and they’re passionate about books. Hanging out with Meli, Erin, and Tim on Friday night was definitely one of the best parts of the convention for me.
The last things I’ll say are these: I had to leave before Mr. David Searls arrived to sign books, but every seasoned horror reader I know that has read the upcoming release Yellow Moon claims that it’s one of the best vampire books he or she has ever read. Personally, I can’t wait to check it out. I hope to catch up with David soon, preferably after I’ve read Yellow Moon.
The two writers with whom I did sign books and hang out were Brian Moreland and Kristopher Rufty (who also brought his lovely and very cool wife). Brian wrote the haunting and deeply frightening Dead of Winter; Kristopher penned Angel Board, which is wild, violent, and entertaining. But aside from being outstanding authors, Krist and Brian are also marvelous human beings. Sometimes in our cyber-driven society a relationship is forged online only to sputter when people actually meet face-to-face. What a gratifying thing it is to learn that someone you’ve only corresponded with on the Net is even kinder and funnier in person. Brian and Krist, I’m honored to be published alongside you, and I truly hope we’ll get to do many more conventions in the future.
Oh yeah…one final last thing…
My own wife stayed home to look after our energetic seven-year-old, our also energetic five-year-old, and our
Tasmanian devil of a extremely energetic two-year-old. Not only did my wife do her usual fabulous job of keeping the kids safe, fed, and entertained, she also managed to teach voice and piano lessons, coordinate the workers who arrived at our house on Saturday morning, and somehow keep her sanity.
So most of all, I’m thankful for such an incredible wife. You’re the best, Honey!
Okay. Back to editing…