(left photo) “girls just wanna have fun” – with Lois Gresh, Sephera Giron, Mandy Slater, Nancy Kilpatrick, and Rebecca Senese.
(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.
(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.
(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.