So, I went to the Horror Writers Association’s StokerCon two weeks ago. Yeah, it’s taken me this long to process it. It was a great con, and I was able to connect with a lot of people there, which is ultimately why I go. Make the connections. Get to know people. And develop lots of projects that will keep me busy and (perhaps) gainfully employed in future months.
I was able to hang out extensively with my Blood Brother, Erik T. Johnson, author of YES TRESPASSING. That was great and very cool. We were able to pitch I CAN HEAR THE SHADOWS–the follow up to I CAN TASTE THE BLOOD, featuring both of us along with Joe Schwartz, J. Daniel Stone and Josh Malerman. I think this one will see life somewhere in 2019. We’re all working on our stories right now, and this one sounds terrific so far. Joe Schwartz–JOE FUCKING SCHWARTZ–is writing a horror story for this. I shit you not.
I got to see my good friend and editor Doug Murano win the Stoker Award for Best Anthology for Behold: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders! And this was after Doug’s harrowing trip cross country in an SUV filled with his wife and four little kids, many of whom were sick. I had a story in Behold, “A Ware That Will Not Keep,” which made it to the preliminary ballot but not the final ballot, so this was a pleasant bit of news.
I also got to see Patrick Freivald, Rena Mason, Lisa Morton, Ellen Datlow, Jim Chambers, Brian Matthews, Nicole Cushing, Tom Deady, Pete Kahle, Chad Stroup, Brian Kirk, John Palisano, Eric Guignard and Stephanie Wytovich. I got to moderate a panel on long fiction and do a reading from my short story “The Coriolis Effect or Chiromancy for Beginners,” from my upcoming collection Little Black Spots (more on that soon).
I also emerged with a project that Brian Kirk and I are working on, and that I am VERY excited about. And I got two huge names interested in another Big Project that Josh Malerman and I are working on. MUCH more on this later.
I also met a few people I was really looking forward to meeting. One of them was Alan Baxter, a great guy and author of the phenomenal Crow Shine and Hidden City, and a new member of the Grey Matter Press family! Another was Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock. And the other was Victor LaValle, author of The Ballad of Black Tom, The Changeling (which I am now reading), and the devastating Destroyer graphic novel, which I finished last night. And to be utterly gratuitous, here’s a picture of me and Victor. Great guy and a super author!
All in all, a super conference, with a lot coming out of it.
More on all these projects in the very near future…and there are things ticking with Little Black Spots and The Fearing. Soon….so very, very soon.