I spent the weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, attending NecronomiCon 2015, a convention devoted to Lovecraftian and weird fiction. This was my first time at NecronomiCon and I had a fantastic time – indeed, it was the best con I’ve been to – and came home incredibly inspired. I sat on a few panels, alongside Douglas Wynne, Stephen Jones, Jack Haringa, and others, and attended several more, but the real draw was seeing friends I’ve not seen for a while, meeting new ones, and then meeting friends I’ve only known online until now. Writing is such a solitary profession, and when your friends live on the other side of the continent or across the ocean, it’s sometimes hard to feel connected. To all the scientists working on teleportation: please work faster!
John Langan was kind enough to read and blurb Sing Me Your Scars and he is as warm and welcoming in person as I’d heard he was. If you’ve not read his The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies, I can’t recommend it enough. I also had a chance to meet and chat with Simon Strantzas, Richard Gavin, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, S.j. Bagley, Scott and Jeffrey Thomas, Tom Lynch, Alex and Melissa Hofelich, Mike Davis, Michael Cisco, Robert Levy, Kenneth Vaughan, Nikki Guerlain, Anya Martin, Scott Nicolay, Paul Tremblay, Michael Wehunt, and Ross E. Lockhart, all wonderful people. On Saturday, I met Ramsey Campbell, and although I imagine his weekend was filled with people introducing themselves, he was incredibly kind and gracious. And last but not least, I’ve been close friends with a small group of people online for several years and I finally met them all. Lena Griffin, Mike Griffin, Joe Pulver, Katrin Pulver, and Justin Steele, I love you guys to pieces!
On Sunday, I was a guest on Mike Davis’ the Lovecraft eZine Talk Show, along with Ramsey Campbell and the Thomas brothers, which was quite a lot of fun, even if a bit nervewracking with a live audience. The show is aired live but also recorded so people can view it via the Lovecraft eZine’s YouTube channel:
I wanted to attend the launch for Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas, but was unable to because of a panel commitment. I did snag a copy of the book, which sold out. I’ve read a few of the stories and Richard Gavin’s is chilling!
Cassilda’s Song, an anthology of all new stories written by women, based on Robert W. Chambers’ King in Yellow mythos and edited by Joe Pulver, also made its debut there, selling out as well. Ann K. Schwader, and Joe Pulver, and I did a signing in the vendor’s room on Saturday. People seemed genuinely excited about the book, and as soon as it’s available on Amazon and the like, I’ll update my site with the links.
I know I’m forgetting to mention something and someone, or several someones, and for that I apologize. My head’s still reeling from the weekend. I’m exhausted and missing my friends and can’t wait to see everyone again. Lots of people took photos; alas, I did not. To borrow a quote from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Memories and friendships, hold them close. Hold them tight.