World Horror Con 2015 Report! No, I Didn’t Win the Stoker. Stop @$%&ing Asking Already!

Me and the awesome Brian Kirk!

Me and the awesome Brian Kirk!

Me and the lovely Deborah!

Me and the lovely Deborah!

My name...on the Stoker ballot!

My name…on the Stoker ballot!

Me and the entirely too energetic Josh Malerman

Me and the entirely too energetic Josh Malerman

The amazing Jack Ketchum, Lifetime Achievement Winner

The amazing Jack Ketchum, Lifetime Achievement Winner

Helluva nice guy and helluva writer--and Stoker Award Winner!

Helluva nice guy and helluva writer–and Stoker Award Winner–Usman Malik!

The wonderful heart of Grey Matter Press--Tony Rivera and Sharon Lawson

The wonderful heart of Grey Matter Press–Tony Rivera and Sharon Lawson

Hmm...these look familiar...

Hmm…these look familiar…

So, I went down to the World Horror Con in Atlanta, trailed by a biblical plague of locust array of problems.  First, Deb’s car, which we were gonna drive down, died…permanently…before we left, necessitating a rental.  Second, I was plagued by a host of health problems, many of my own making.  Third, our house, which after 18 months, is FINALLY on the market, suffered a minor flooding in the basement, making us cut our trip short to keep the generally good showings going. And, oh yeah, I didn’t win the Stoker.  Oh well.  It was an honor, yadda-yadda-yadda.  Actually, I’m fine with it.  And I’m being honest here.  It is an honor. I had a reading where someone told me that a well-known editor told him over dinner that I was the best writer of novellas he knew of. I had a panel with Jack fucking Ketchum. I had 10 people who wanted to hear me ramble on about myself for an hour in a very successful (and sold out!) kaffeeklatsch. I got invited to a few big forthcoming anthos. We premiered, at the Grey Matter Press Booth, my latest, The Sunken Cathedral.  More on that soon.  We talked about the upcoming I Can Taste the Blood. More on that soon, too. I got to meet a shitload of great people (Should I use that term when describing people?  Probably not).  These include: Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson from Grey Matter Press.  Two of the best people ever from the best publisher ever.  Truly.  Tony and Sharon are every bit a part of my family as my family.  They are great editors, publishers, designers and people and I am humbled every single day that they continue to want to work with me.  I’d advise you to seek them out to work with them, but then I don’t need the competition. The lovely Jane Brooks, who doesn’t write nearly enough for my taste, and who we didn’t get to spend nearly enough time with. John Foster, who’s got some exciting news of his own coming soon! Big names like Jonathan Maberry (extremely gracious), Jack fucking Ketchum (an awesomely approachable guy), Joe McKinney, also uber down to earth, the always lovely Ellen Datlow, Armand Rosamilia, who I need to have a drink with, new author Brian Kirk, Brett Talley, Patrick Freivald, Patrick Beltran, Doug Murano, Usman Malik, Alec Shane, T. Fox Dunham, Stephen Graham Jones, Lisa Morton, my good friend R.J. Cavender, Rena Mason Twitter followers like Eddie Mercado and other people too awesome to name (or to remember…hey, I’m old.) And who was there the absolute minute I stepped from my car in the entrance to the Marriott Marquis?  The first person I met at the con? Josh Malerman.  Wow.  Was it great to finally meet him…and his de-lovely fiancee Allison.  Wish we’d had more time together.  You, sir, are da bomb.  When we move to Southern Illinois, you will have to come down for a weekend visit! Anyway, the con was delightful and it was great to meet new people and reacquaint myself with new people. Lots of new things, new ideas, new projects to share with you in the near future! And thanks, really, from the very bottom of my dark little heart to all of you for your support and well wishes!  It’s great to know that stuff I scribble down at my tiny little desk in the dead of night connects with someone out there! Now back to writing!

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About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

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