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DragonCon Programming Schedule

I’ll be a Programming Guest at  DragonCon (Atlanta, GA) Sept 1-5, 2016. Please feel free to stop by and chat. Better yet, bring your books for signing AND chat! 

Here’s my current programming schedule:

Murder, Mystery, and Monsters
Combining the elements of mystery and crime fiction with the imagery of horror.
Fri 11:30 am Location: Peachtree 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

Frayed Ends of Sanity: Asylums in Horror
An exploration of the role of sanitariums in horror.
Sat 05:30 pm Location: Chastain I – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

Genre-Bending–Making it Work for You
Great ideas sometimes splatter across genre divisions. How can it work to your benefit? How can you turn that great idea into a great novel?
Sun 05:30 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Short Shocks to the System
The art of crafting unforgettable short horror fiction.
Sun 08:30 pm Location: Chastain I – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

The Writing Process
We know writers write. But how do they write? What process do they follow to generate the wonderful stories we love to read? 
Sun 10:00 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Influences of Myth and Legend on Today’s Fantasy
How to use myths and legends to enrich your fiction.

Mon 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

APPEARANCES + PHOTOS & FUN STUFF!

I’ll be at three conventions in September.  Please stop by, chat, and get your books signed!

As soon as I have my schedules, I’ll post them on my website and blog.

DragonCon is always trippy, with 65,000 people or so attending. It’s one of my favorites. I love the costumes, shows, parade, masquerade, music, and panels: i.e., everything

Alicia Lurye always does a fabulous job at organizing and running Roc-Con, which attracts 3-5,000 people. Last year, I got to hang out with Brent Spiner: Data from TNG! This year, Alicia’s bringing in Lou Ferrigno, The Incredible Hulk. I hung out with him once before, way back in 2000 at the Grand Slam Star Trek Convention in CA. Returning again this year is J.G. Hertzler, General Martok from DS9 – he’s a GREAT guy & loads of fun! 

This will be my first time as a Programming Guest at BoucherCon World Mystery Convention. Heather Graham, who is SUPER, is bringing in Harlan Coben, R.L. Stine, and David Morell, among others. 

PHOTOS & FUN STUFF! Click here to read all the dirt about me and see some cool photos.

Malice Domestic – this weekend!

I’ll be at MALICE DOMESTIC (Bethesda, MD) this weekend. My panel is SHERLOCK LIVES! (Sunday, May 1, 10-11 am) with John Betancourt (moderator), Lois H. Gresh, Laurie R. King, Bonnie MacBird, and Michael Robertson. I’m psyched to be on a Holmes panel with Laurie R. King – wow! We also have a signing on Sunday at 11 am, directly following the panel.

NECRONOMICON SCHEDULE

lhg_signing_WHC2015 I’ll be a Special Guest of Honor at NecronomiCon, August 20-23, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island.

(PHOTO left by Tim Waggoner 2015)

If you read fantasy, science fiction, horror, or anything “weird,” you must come to NecronomiCon.

“Weird” sits on the boundaries and merges the best of the genres.

MY SCHEDULE: 

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1.  Friday 4-5:15pm
NEW WEIRD
What are the challenges and rewards of subverting genre cliches? What are the challenges and rewards of mixing different elements of speculative fiction? Who are some of the best new weird fiction writers today? How can more diverse voices be encouraged and diverse fans be included?
Panelists: Lois Gresh, Caitlín Kiernan, Scott Nicolay, Vincent O’Neil, Joe Pulver, Jeffrey Thomas
Moderator: Anya Martin

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2.  Saturday
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BOOK LAUNCHES and AUTHOR READINGS

INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES
CULT OF THE DEAD

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Copies of both books will be available for sale and signing at this session, snacks provided!

Readings and discussions with Lois H. Gresh, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Laird Barron, William F. Nolan, Richard Gavin, S.T. Joshi, Joe Pulver, Jim Moore, Jason V. Brock, Jonathan Thomas, and more

Innsmouth Nightmares features original stories by leading writers of weird fiction, including John Shirley, Lavie Tidhar, Laird Barron, Paul Kane, Tim Lebbon, Richard Gavin, Steve Rasnic Tem, Wilum H. Pugmire, John Langan, Joe Pulver, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Bill Nolan, Jim Moore, S.T. Joshi, and many more. This is an all-star lineup of The Weird edited by Lois H. Gresh.

CULT_FRONT_COVER_204x278Cult of the Dead is a special collection of Lois’ weird stories with an Introduction by S.T. Joshi, who writes, “Over the last decade or so, Lois H. Gresh has done some of the most scintillating work of any contemporary writer of imaginative fiction.”

3.  Saturday 1-2:15pm
SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS NO MORE

Many of the most unique and powerful voices in weird fiction belong to women! Although once looked upon incorrectly as a white man’s genre, weird fiction has a long tradition of women writers, and that tradition continues today. Join us in celebrating these talented authors, and find out why they write Lovecraftian fiction.
Panelists: Lois Gresh, Caitlín Kiernan, Anya Martin, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Ann Schwader
Moderator: Faye Ringel

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4.  Saturday 4:00-5:15pm
MECHANICS OF FEAR

Lovecraft wrote all sorts of terrifying tales. But how do you scare someone? What is horror, as opposed to terror, in a piece of fiction? What are different types of scary stories? Are there elements of a horror story that are guaranteed to make the reader sleep with the lights on?
Panelists: Lois Gresh, Stephen Jones, Caitlín Kiernan, Jonathan Thomas, Damien Angelica Walters
Moderator: Don D’Ammassa

5.  SUNDAY 10-11 am
AUTHOR READINGS
Lois H. Gresh and Ann Schwader

6.  Sunday 2:30-3:45pm
WRITING THE MYTHOS

Mythos and Lovecraftian fiction is bigger and more popular than ever before. What makes a story “Lovecraftian,” and how can a writer make a unique and powerful contribution to this ever-growing genre? Our panel of legendary writers show how they did it and which steps new writers should avoid.
Panelists: Joe Pulver, Darrell Schweitzer, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Rawlik, Lois Gresh, Laird Barron
Moderator: Mike Davis

World Horror Convention – schedule

Stop by my panels at World Horror Convention!

  • Friday, May 8th at 5 pm. The Real True Detective: When Horror Meets Noir, Mystery and Spy Thrillers
  • Saturday, May 9th at 9 am. Making Insane Characters Believable
  • Saturday, May 9th at 3 pm. Weird Fiction Renaissance

MORE DETAILS

FRI 5-6 PM The Real True Detective: When Horror Meets Noir, Mystery and Spy Thrillers – SARNATH

How dark does neo-noir horror have to be? Where do the lines fall where crime fiction becomes horror. Practitioners of the art of crime and thriller fiction shed light on the limits of human depravity.

SAT 9-10 AM Midmorning Madness: Making Insane Characters Believable – SARNATH

From classics like Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” to Stephen King’s Misery, to more contemporary works like Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, both film and literature alike have a soft spot for the insane. But what makes these characters believable and why do readers love a madman or a hysteric woman? Well, say hello to Tyler Durdan and get ready for a trip to the asylum because the first rule of madness is that we don’t talk about madness. And if it’s your first time going mad, well, then you have to scream.

SAT 3-4 When the Weird Go Pro: Exploring the Parameters and Considering the Directions of a Literary Renaissance – SARNATH

Some would call it a Renaissance. Not your daddy’s Lovecraft mythos pastiche, the Weird in the hands of today’s writers owes as much or more to literary titans such as Melville, Borges, McCarthy and Carter. Others talk about the New Weird and consider it a global movement. What is Weird fiction? Does defining the Weird focus or limit its growth? Why now, why is this literary movement so exciting, and what does the future hold for the Weird?

World Horror Convention 2014

I just received my World Horror Convention 2014 schedule. The con is almost upon us, which means (a) I have a lot of writing to finish – immediately, and (b) I must prepare for the con. See you all in Portland!

Friday, 2-3 pm, Writer’s Workshop, in which Paul Dale Anderson and I critique a 50-page partial & synopsis for someone

Friday, 6-8 pm, Mass Signing. If for some insane reason, you want my autograph, please bring books. I will have very few (if any) with me.

Saturday, 11 am-noon, Research for Horror Writing. Horror writers talk about how they research the dark and mysterious past to use in their fiction writing. Christine Morgan, Lois Gresh, Lisa Manetti, Alan M. Clark, James Chambers, Rocky Wood

Saturday, 2-3 pm, You’ll Never Get Out Alive! Advice to New Writers. Professional authors with decades of combined field experience tell the audience everything they wish they could tell their younger selves when they were starting out as writers. Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, Weston Ochse, Lois Gresh, F. Paul Wilson

Saturday, 6:30-9:30 pm. Stoker Award Ceremony & Banquet, in which I not only have fun but this year, have the honor of presenting the Non-Fiction Award along with Les Klinger. I suppose that we must concoct some appropriate babbling (in polite terms, known as banter).

Sunday, 11 am-noon, Between Two Worlds, Finding Time to Write. How do we as writers carve out a big enough chunk from our other lives to sit down, clear our minds, and practice our craft? Lois Gresh, Minerva Zimmerman, Cameron Pierce, Sally Bosco, Sunni Brock

 

World Horror Convention – mini report

WHC3(left photo) “girls just wanna have fun” – with Lois Gresh, Sephera Giron, Mandy Slater, Nancy Kilpatrick, and Rebecca Senese.
WHC4(right photo) Party time at WHC! – with Jason V Brock, Sunni Brock and Lois Gresh at Hotel Monteleone.

Arrived in NOLA on Wed, went to vampire shop with Nancy Kilpatrick, then hit one voodoo shop. Dinner was so-so, a mountain of fried whatevers, the best of the whatevers being the french fries. We hung out with Mandy Slater at her palatial suite at the Hyatt, where she had free wine and cookies. Ran into Ramsey Campbell and his wife, enroute to the swamps to see alligators. The Carousel Bar was like being on an elevator, with my stomach dropping whenever I dared to focus on the fact we were literally spinning – is it a good idea to have a spinning bar when people’s heads are already spinning? Rio Youers kept spinning past with different walls behind him – very strange.

With one-night-only third roomie, Denise Dumars, went to voodoo cultural center, where she taught me everything I’d ever want to know about voodoo. Then several of us went to Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District.

I was dying to see Anne Rice’s house, and we swung by one of her houses and took some photos. Also stopped at a former orphanage, where she housed family members at one point.

After registering for the con, a bunch of us went trolling in the French Quarter. Included were Nancy, Mandy, Sephera Giron, and a couple of people from Toronto (Rebecca and Bob), had absinthe (tres fine), and obtained strange super-sweet yet oddly peppered neon blue drinks in flashing skull mugs. Everyone except Mandy and me disappeared into a chicken shack. God only knows what they were doing in a chicken shack, presumably eating the birds but one never knows with a horror crowd. Mandy and I ducked into a place to spend an hour listening to a great Cajun band.

Hung out with ST Joshi, Jason Brock, Bill Nolan, Caitlin Kiernan, Kathryn, and Jerad Walters, and spoke to Cait about Drowning Girl. I made quick work of the dealers’ room, mainly because people were hawking books so aggressively that I was uncomfortable.

I ended up at the glorious Centipede Press table, where Jerad didn’t have to hawk anything aggressively. His books are beyond beautiful, and I snapped up both the Hannes Bok collection and the HPL whopper art volume. Naughty me, but I couldn’t resist.

Dinner was super-fast the following night due to the signing. Lovely meal with ST, Mary, and Nancy. Attended Heather Graham’s party, and at some point, I talked to Jason and Sunni Brock for an hour – I think it was approx 2 am. Great seeing people like John Palisano, Ellen Datlow, Lisa Morton, Yvonne Navarro, many others.  

WHC1(left photo, courtesy of pasadenalisa) WHC Panel, “Writing Horror” – New Orleans 2013 – with Jay Wilburn, John Urbancik, Norman L. Rubenstein, Alexandra Sokoloff, Lois Gresh and John R. Little.

Somebody told me about a secret dealers’ room, where I discovered all the books I might have bought… but didn’t.

WHC2(left photo, courtesy of pasadenalisa) With William F. Nolan, Anya Martin, Lois Gresh, Tonya L De Marco, Guy Anthony De Marco, Sunni Brock, Beth Gwinn, Jason V Brock, Nancy Kilpatrick and Erinn Kemper at the banquet, WHC, New Orleans.

After the banquet, hung out for a few hours with ST, Mary, Jason, Sunni, Bill Nolan, Erinn, Cait, and Kathryn. Went to bed at 2 am, then awakened at 6:30 to catch my flight home. Whew.

Eeriecon 2013 Mini-Report

This year’s Eeriecon was on Grand Island instead of its longtime location in Niagara Falls. Everyone was excited to see what the new venue would be like, and I’m happy to report that the con suite rocked (one of the key attributes of Eeriecon in past years).

My first panel was the Free-for-All with Jim Gardner and Carl Frederick, one of this year’s  esteemed guests of honor. Shortly after, Jim interviewed all of the writing guests on his annual Late Night Talk Show, and David Clink guffawed appropriately as the sidekick. Friday evening was a blur between the con suite and Sal Monaco’s Dr. Who party, which was incredibly well stocked! Come to think of it, so was the con suite…with whiskey offerings far beyond last year’s amazing array. Last year, we discovered Glayva at Eeriecon. This year, we discovered Fireball whiskey. Arie drank a small amount and instantly fell asleep.

Lynna Merill was kind enough to swap reading times with me, so I started Saturday morning with a rousing 10 am reading slot. I read one of my new dark stories, then joined Carl, Lynna, guest of honor Jack McDevitt, and John Price on a panel called, It’s OK to be Wrong. Hmmm. It took us about half an hour to determine what the panel title implied in terms of discussion. I bet we were all wrong.

Next up, Carl, Jim, Stephen Pearl, and I were on the panel, Romance in SFF vs SFF in Romance. Tongue twister!

Because I was on the tongue twister panel, I sadly missed Dave DeGraff’s annual science talk, which I always enjoy. I heard from Arie that it was interesting, a pop look at Life on Mars. Because I was running the Writer’s Workshop with Jim, I also missed Is a PhD Just a Piece of Paper?, which I would have enjoyed attending.

Speaking of,  the Writer’s Workshop was a lot of fun – great questions, a lively group, and thoroughly enjoyable. I was sitting in for Anne Bishop this year.

Arie’s particle physics talk went well, and then it was time for…

What Line’s Mine? Amy Kauderer definitely outdid herself this year. As with most Eeriecon guests of honor, Jack had a hard time identifying his own lines from way back when. I sat next to Carl, and he also had a rough time identifying his lines from long ago, but midway into the session, he figured out how to chea… I mean, learn from those around him. On my other side, Carolyn Clink did her usual stellar job at chea… I mean, analyzing the lines with her poet’s mind and pinpointing the authors with amazing accuracy. Fun fun fun, as always!

After our annual dinner at the Red Coach Inn (Niagara Falls), it was time for us to head home. Sadly, the hotel didn’t have any available rooms for Saturday night. Note to myself: get the room early for next year’s Eeriecon.

This is the only photo I took at Eeriecon. Our third guest of honor, Fireball Whiskey. If he were on What Line’s Mine?, all his lines would be slurred.

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Finally, no Eeriecon report can be complete with mention of Josepha Sherman. She is always missed at Eeriecon. Always.

My thanks to the entire con committee for another fabulous event – you guys rock!

Roc-Con 2012 Guest of Honor Report

0422_Dalek_lhg_10422_Exterminate_RFFRoc-Con 2012 was even bigger and better than Roc-Con 2011. In the midst of the Fringe Festival, Rochester’s anime, horror, and science fiction fandom was out in full force Friday-Sunday at the Main Street Armory.

Huge applause goes to the remarkable Alicia Lurye for another great  Roc-Con! Alicia’s a fireball of energy and good vibes.

Thanks to the Rochester Fantasy Fans (in particular, the fantastic Wayne Brown), two Daleks roamed the Armory all weekend, threatening to “Exterminate!” everyone in sight. I was almost Exterminated at least twice. (If I happened to be wearing an evening dress – not that I own such a garment – you might think I’m giving away a Dalek prize in the above left photo.)

As Guest of Honor Writer, I had a book table next to comic legend Steve Skeates (photo, below) again this year. I also enjoyed the company of my other tablemates Robert O’Reilly and Klingon makeup pro John Paladin.

0422_SteveSkeatesYou might  remember Steve from last year’s Roc-Con report, where I gushed about Aquaman. For lots of great Skeates comic photos, make sure to check out on last year’s report.

This year, we had two Klingons at Roc-Con: J.G. Hertzler aka General Martok and Robert O’Reilly aka Chancellor Gowron. These guys are a laugh a minute. If they could speak more quickly, they’d be a laugh a second. On Sunday morning at the table next to mine, they burst out singing rowdy bar tunes. And of course, they performed in full Klingon costume on Saturday, much to the delight of fans, who flocked to their table for photos.

When not formally posing for photos, they COULD get dangerous, of course. I mean, they ARE Klingons, after all. (See below – Gowron and Martok attack me in a remote corner of the Armory when fans aren’t looking.)

0422_RoblhgJG20422_JGlhgRobBy Sunday, the Klingons had calmed down again. J.G. and Rob had them under control.

I don’t know how they do that: unleash those rowdy beasts, then instantly, chain them back down.

It was a lot of fun!

Also in the Star Trek actors’ row was Tim McCormack, who has extensive credits as Ensign Bennett in TNG. Somehow, every time I was wandering around taking photos, Tim was off signing autographs. So you’ll have to make do with his official TNG photo (below).

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Vic Mignogna, incredibly famous anime voiceover actor – his credits are much too long to list here but include Full Metal Alchemist and DBZ – was a huge hit at this year’s Roc-Con. Also on hand were Robert Kohr of Nickelodeon and Eric Stuart, another well-known voiceover actor whose credits include Pokemon and many others.

Below is wrestler pro and Borderhounds comic book hero, Brimstone.

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Below are Genozziere Productions’ Laurence Genovese and Lou Carrozziere. Check out some of their horror movie heads – wowzee, I like that red-headed guy!

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Roc-Con 2012 logo winner Andrew Blanda was at the table behind me.

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Here’s the lovely Marilyn Ghigliotti, who starred in the cult classic film, Clerks. And here she is with the Klingons, too, but they’re not attacking her!

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I shot this totally random photo from my book table:

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No con is complete without a journey into the subterranean basements, right? Some of you remember our adventures at Contradiction many years ago. So I checked out the Armory’s dungeon-like basement, where we had the “VIP” food room.

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Over and out from The Dungeon, and until next time…

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