Sigh, yes. I missed Halloween in July once again. Sorry Wonder Geeks *sadface* The photos snapped by Ottawa Horror (and hey, check out Amy’s latest ‘Would You Rather’ while you are there) only drove home how I really should have gone, but mild sunstroke and public drunkenness won out. Then there was all of the horror and writing related business last week, and this, and next that was occupying my head. I’ve been writing a little here and there, looking seriously at a few submission calls, and looking forward to this sort of stuff coming up this week:
i. First, and with luck always, I’ve done my part to bring you updates to the Horror Writers Association new release page. Love that art! I have to point out there is a new Samhain release in there from Maynard Sims, alongside really beautiful art on the cover of Venus Intervention. Congratulations, authors.
ii. I’ve been listing to more horror podcasts, but must make you all listen to these eerie airwaves.Derek Newman-Stille of Speculating Canada interviews my editor and co-conspirator Sean Moreland on Trent Radio. Hear from the mind of a true horror scholar (or two!). Sean has taught at a number of universities in Ontario on horror and literature, let alone co-edited five (going on six) volumes of Postscripts To Darkness, an anthology I have contributed to and continue to enjoy.
iii. My good friend Kelly Taylor has a limited number of hand bound stories to send away. There are only a few left, but take a look at the packaging of ‘Gris’ on her site and learn how to have one sent to you. I just learned that I’ll have my own copy to fawn over soon enough. Thank you, Kelly! Last year, when I sent an exclusive print to a fan, and a prize pack to the Rue Morgue Podcast, I spent some time handcrafting the packaging. It makes for a different connection between you, your work, and the readers that receive it. There is much to be said about limited and lettered editions of horror, such at those from Subterranean Press, that only a few (or a few hundred) people can enjoy. Kelly made my burlesque outfit worn that one time on stage, so I know how she rolls with a needle and thread… darkly!
iv. Mandy DeGeit who you may recall from our appearance at the Small Press Book Fair last year is in a new benefit anthology, Operation: Ice Bat. So far, I’m two stories in and enjoying it, so snag a copy. Edited by Brian Keene, it features the next crop of dark horror authors whose names you best get used to.
v. The ChiSeries launch is this coming Friday, which nearly rounds off my week of horror happenings. I always end up being short on cash around the ChiZine merch tables, but that’s not all bad. It gives me time to mull over my purchases and skim a little of the cream off the crop with each visit. See, I’m spoiled. I get to see ChiZine stuff every three months or so at the ChiSeries Ottawa reading night, Can-Con, ComicCon or FanExpo.
Stalker much? Ha! Maybe I am, maybe I ain’t. Spooky? Sure. I don’t always creep around the CZP table, but when I do, I creep around and around.
vi. For the creepy melted icing on Aunt Bedelia’s Father’s Day cake of demented delights, there is a meet-and-greet at The Comic Book Shoppe on Saturday! From Mirror Comics to Best Destiny, I’ll be stopping in to say hello to some of my favourite creators. Zomkeys? Big Box Apocalypse? Sure ~ and with luck I can catch up with Janet Hetherington who is busy with screenplays and Kolchak, last I heard. Maybe a little Scooby Doo and Silver Surfer fanaticism will be had. Huzzah.
So, maybe I missed Halloween In July proper, meaning the paid event. My continuously blinking phone indicator light will tell you different. It’s kinda always Halloween around here, even more-so in July.