Last year I participated in a Zombie Walk in Fairborn Ohio, near Dayton, with my good friends, Benjamin Rogers and Beth LaFond, who are both authors in their own right. We signed books, hung out with all the great folks who run the event, and had a blast. This year, the event takes place on October 15th, and much like last year, it is being done to support the Fairborn Community Center. There is a Pre Party where my friends and I will be selling and signing our books, which is located at 1076 Kauffman Avenue, and that starts at 5:30pm. They will be doing zombie face painting for $3 for the zombie walk. The walk itself is at 7pm and there will be an Afterlife party at Central Park. Cost to participate is $5 or $4 and a canned food donation, which is all going to a great cause.
If you are interested in participating and want more details, give them a call at 937-878-6061.
This past weekend, I took part in HorrorHound Indianapolis. Like the event in Cincinnati, it is three days of organized chaos, with tons of horror fans running around in costumes and makeup checking out vendor booths and getting autographs from some of the more famous (and infamous) stars of the horror genre. This was their tenth anniversary show and it was jam packed all weekend long. I got to sit between Tony Schaab of G.O.R.E. Score fame and Dr. Pus’s (aka The Library of the Living Dead) table, which had Doc, Michelle Linhart, and Rich Dalzotto manning the stations. Also in attendance from the Library of the Living Dead crew were Rob and Laura Best. We got to see plenty of folks we know from the facebook and the industry, which was a blast, including the folks from Night of the Living Podcast, who were kind enough to post a review of Into The Dark on one of their recent episodes after reviewing Comes The Dark after HorrorHound Cincinnati back in November.
I sold a few books, got to talk about the third book of my trilogy, Beyond The Dark, hung out with some great folks, and took a few pictures of the event. This was truly a great con and a lot of fun. I definitely hope I have the opportunity to attend next year as well!
Here are a few of the pics I took at the show. Forgive the blur-they were taken with my cellphone camera.
In this picture is the famous “Kitty Zombie”, who has his back to the camera. He is the one with the goggles, armor, and the bald head. He is a pretty remarkable character, and funny as hell without saying a single intelligible word.
Well, that’s about it for now. The rest of the pictures I took were sort of blurry or didn’t show anything specifically of interest. Again, the convention was a lot of fun, and I only wish I could attend more of them after the fun I’ve had at the one in Indy as well as Cinci.
Just wanted to post a note tonight since I haven’t posted anything for a bit except an update on the the book signing I did at That Book Place last weekend. It was a great time with Beth LaFond and Benjamin Rogers, two good friends and fellow authors. I am hoping to post a bit more here in the upcoming weeks, in particular with details on the release of Beyond The Dark, which has been delayed a little bit due to circumstances beyond my control. It is pretty much ready to go, including the artwork I have already shared with you all previously for the cover. I should know a bit more about the release this weekend, when I attend HorrorHound Indianapolis with my publisher, Mike West, aka, Dr. Pus. He has been buried under with a lot of different projects so the release date on the book has been pushed back. My hope is for an April release, though I have no fix on it. The editing is complete, and all that really needs to be done is the formatting, so we are right on the edge of it.
Now, for HorrorHound. This past November, I attended HorrorHound Cincinnati, which was a great event. The aforementioned Dr. Pus, Benjamin Rogers, and Beth LaFond were all in attendance, as was Rich Dalzotto, who runs Horror Realm, another great convention that happens in Pittsburgh every September. It was a great time. Unfortunately, Ben and Beth won’t be coming to Indy, which saddens me greatly, but the good Dr. will be there, along with Rob Best, his lovely wife, Laura, Rich, and Mr. GORE Score himself, Tony Schaab. Since this is the 10th Anniversary for HorrorHound, and Indy is their home turf, it should have quite a turnout. They had over 10,000 people show up last year.
There will be plenty of horror notables there, and while I am not big on getting all the autographs and pictures, it is really cool to see folks walking around that you recognize from a movie or two that you think of quite fondly from your past. And repeat after me: there is nothing wrong with totally geeking out at a convention! Absolutely nothing! So the fact that the guys from Boondock Saints being there makes me giddy is no big deal.
Here is a link for any of you curious about checking out the show if you think you can swing by Indianapolis this weekend. http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/ It should be well worth the trip. I will, of course, be selling copies of my books and signing them, and will be chatting up my upcoming release of Beyond The Dark, which will serve as the finale for my trilogy. Though…don’t be too sure that after that story is done that this will be the last we will see of the world I created with my Dark trilogy. I have plans for more…
That leads me to a bit more info on what is going on with me these days. As some of you may have guessed, I don’t really make my living off of writing (shocking, I know…har har) and I will be starting a new job immediately upon my return from HorrorHound. I am excited about this opportunity, though I won’t bore any of you with the details. I think one of the things I will be focusing on more of going forward (besides this new job, of course) is writing novels. I have been dedicating myself to writing short stories during the release of my trilogy, and it has provided me with about twenty different acceptances over the past year plus, which has been great. But as much as I love writing short stories, my novel writing has suffered a bit because of that. Not that I can’t multi task, but I think with the trilogy behind me, I think the desire to get something out there that is a bigger chunk of text will be far greater. That is my artful way of saying that I will be devoting most of my effort to writing novels for the foreseeable future. There will be short stories, but not as many-only when the spirit moves me, rather than any submission call that challenges me, which is how I have been approaching it over the last year. The reality is that most of my stories that have been accepted for publication haven’t been released yet anyway, so there will be plenty of them coming out over the next few months for me to promote here. And I think that is what I will be blogging about mostly going forward. Posting excerpts from some of my short stories to hopefully entice a few of you to check out the anthologies they are published in. Anthologies with some really great writers that I am privileged to share the table of contents with. I have been really proud of not only my work, but of the company I have been able to keep in this anthos.
I will be posting pictures from HorrorHound and doing a follow up on the show sometime next week, and then I will be doing my best to post something at least once a week here from now on…hopefully some new writing for all of you to check out.
Again, check out the HorrorHound page and I hope to see you at the show!
Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to That Book Place, a new and used book store in Madison, Indiana, with my good friends Ben Rogers and Beth LaFond, where we were able to promote, sell, and sign copies of our books. It was a blast getting the chance to hang out with the customers and owners of the book store, and I was hoping to have the chance to swing back by down the road. Well, that time has come, and this Saturday, Ben, Beth, me, and a whole bunch of other authors will be hanging out at their fifth Anniversary celebration from 11-5. They are located at 337 Clifty Drive in Madison, and it sounds like they have done quite a few renovations to the place to make it bigger and better. There will also be music all day long, which will make it even more of a festive atmosphere. So if you are any where near Madison, Indiana, this Saturday, head on over and check out some of their outrageously good deals on books That Book Place has as well as getting the chance to have copies of your books from the various authors in attendance signed. Here is a link on Facebook with more details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=188601541151430.
I know Ben, Beth, and I all have books as well as upcoming books to promote, and I am sure we, along with everyone else who is there, would enjoy chatting with folks about our writing, the stories ideas we come up with, and what the future has in store for each of us.
I would love to see you there!
Hey folks, just thought I would share something cool with you. Eric S. Brown, the man behind tons of great zombie books out there is holding a contest in honor of his first release through Simon and Schuster. It’s a great chance to check out a killer book and win some other really killer books. Here are the details from the man himself:
Contest rules and prizes: From Eric S Brown
Sounds pretty simple, and a cool way to win some books!
I thought it would be a good idea to pass along a few updates on things. First off, I wanted to thank Frank and the other folks at That Book Place for their hospitality this past Saturday. The book signing with Ben Rogers was a great experience and their book store is a fantastic place. If you are ever near Madison, Indiana, you HAVE to check it out. Great used books and they can order up any new ones that you are interested in as well.
In other news, the second book in my trilogy, Into the Dark, has been sent off to be formatted. Yep, the editing is complete and my obsessive-compulsive need to read it fifteen times in an attempt to catch every last mistake (which you simply cannot do, no matter how hard you try) is done. It is now in the extremely capable hands of Kody Boye, who is a formatter extraordinare. Philip Rogers is currently working on the cover and has passed along a rough draft of the back cover of the book, which looks great. While I have not seen the art for the cover, the theme will be similar to what was on the first cover. The back also retains that same flavor and to say that I am excited to see what Philip comes up with is the understatement of the year.
I will be working on another “Dark Story”, which is actually a continuation of the previous one, and will be about George and Jason again, very soon. I am hoping to have something posted within the next week or so. I am presently going to focus on a short story that has been nagging me for a while and try to get it done in the next few days, then I will be editing the next DS for the blog.
And for you folks who have not seen the back cover synopsis for Into the Dark, here it is again, for your viewing pleasure:
Six weeks ago, the mysterious virus came out of nowhere and engulfed the world. Everyone infected seemed to die … then rise again.
Jeff Blaine did his best to hold his family together and to protect them from the horrors scratching at their door, but in the end, they were ripped away from him like everything else that ever mattered.
Lost and alone, Jeff decided his only option was to destroy as many of the monsters that stole his life away before they destroy him as well. But when he discovers Megan, George, and Jason, three other survivors not interested in giving up just yet, he reluctantly accepts that there might still be a reason to fight and live to see another day.
Traveling through the blasted landscape their world has become, the quartet discovers that the living dead aren’t the only danger with which they must cope. Even other survivors who promise safety and security from the hordes of ghouls roaming the wastelands will test loyalties and their faith in humankind.
Jeff and his small band of newfound friends must forge a semblance of life in the newly blighted world. And they will have only the light of their own humanity by which to navigate as everything around them descends into the dark.
More updates as they come up. As I have already mentioned, Into The Dark will be released between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so it is coming soon!
Ben Rogers and I will be taking part in the Books of the Dead Signings at That Book Place in Madison, Indiana. It is located at 337 Clifty Drive and will run from 12-3. There will also be an opportunity for customers to dress up as zombies for this event, so it should be a real blast! I will be signing copies of my book, Comes The Dark, and Ben will be signing his book, Faith and The Undead.
You can check out That Book Place on the web, and become their fan on Facebook, at http://www.thatbookplace.com/. They did an interview with me back in July, which is posted on their website, and they do a lot of other great interviews and reviews of books. Please help support independent book stores like this one, because they bring you a lot of great books and authors that bigger chains seem to pass over.