World Horror Con/ Bram Stoker Awards 2014

I attended my second World Horror Convention earlier this month. This year’s was in Portland, Oregon.  The city is HUGE and my wife really wants to move there now. I’m not sure about that, but it was very nice to visit.

It was great to get to see so many friends and cool people I’ve met over the last year. Kristen Dearborn and Steve McDonald–so great to see you guys again. Kristin got attacked by a giant bird. Steve and I discussed the giant dirt bike ramp atop one of the city buildings (and the helicopter driver guy).

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I got a chance to catch up with Rena Mason– who took home this year’s Stoker Award for Best First Novel (The Evolutionist)–and her editor (and my WHC guide last year) RJ Cavender.  Congratulations to both of you.

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I also got a chance to meet Lucas Mangum who I’ve had a pleasure chatting with via Facebook over the last year or so. Lucas is a great guy. It’s always nice to meet another semi-new guy on the block. Maybe we can break the big-time together!

Nice to see, however briefly, Erinn Kemper, Usman Malik, and Shane McKenzie…and to meet Wrath James White. I got a chance to tell Wrath a story I shared with Shane in New Orleans about my history with Wrath’s book, The Resurrectionist.  He laughed and was totally cool with hearing that I tore up his book. –I have since discovered that I really love that book and need to re-read it.

Then, there was the pitch session. I pitched to Michael Baily at Dark Regions. Michael was very cool and let me ramble about my latest novella without making me feel like a fool. Thanks, Michael! That novella is also with Don D’Auria at Samhain, so we’ll have to see if either one is interested (fingers crossed!).

Speaking of my editor…It was awesome to get some quality sit-down time with Don and discuss my future with him and Samhain. It’s humbling to hear one of your heroes tell you they really love something you’ve done. My debut piece with Samhain, a novella called, Abram’s Bridge, will be out in early 2015.  I’m currently working on about three other projects for Don’s desk at the moment, but we’ll have to wait and see which one (if any) comes out good enough to get the green light. I really appreciate Don and the fact that he’s one of the sweetest, most genuine people in the industry, and that he truly cares about each and every writer in his camp. He made me feel as valued as say, Hunter Shea or Jonathan Janz. Super cool.

Don also gave an amazing speech during the presentation of the Grand Master Award to another hero of mine, Brian Keene. Don displayed all of the above characteristics in a speech that (I heard through the grapevine) brought a tear to Mr. Keene’s eye.

One of the most amazing things was getting to meet Jack Ketchum. I walked up to him and told him it was great to meet him and that Off Season was terrific. He said thank you and then asked me what brought me to the convention. I told him about my upcoming novella with Samhain and he congratulated me. A surreal moment. We walked inside together chatting like two new friends. I couldn’t believe he was so open and so easy to talk to. Later on, I got to have him sign my copy of Off Season and got a few pictures with him.

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I also got to meet Gord Rollo (another of my old Leisure Book favorites) and, for a minute, Brian Keene. Brian told me Don sends him a lot of the stuff he puts out and that maybe he’d be reading my story in the future. Yep. Somebody punch me in the face. These guys are way too cool.

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My wife and I attended our second Bram Stoker Awards ceremony at the Con, as well. Don welcomed us at the Samhain table. We got to meet Russell James (who gave me a lot of valuable advice regarding Samhain and Don-Thanks, Russell!) and Stephen Graham Jones and John Palisano (Springsteen forever!).  I also got to meet Tim Waggoner and Jonathan Moore. Cool peeps, for sure. The Samhain after party was held about the same time as the Gross Out contest. My wife and I chose to chill at Don’s event. I got to chat up Don, Erinn Kemper, Carl Alves, RJ Cavender, and nearly got in trouble (free beer!) being a little foolish (I might have thrown something on the floor and talked about my son’s penis).

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All in all, it was another fantastic experience. When I decided to commit myself to writing a few years ago, I could never have dreamed of being so welcomed and getting to travel across the country to hang out with such an amazing group of people. I am grateful and appreciative for this great community of writers. Thank you for letting this weirdo hang out with you.

 

Here are some more WHC/ Stoker Award shots:

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Thanks for a great first quarter! I am eternally grateful.

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2014 has been a very busy year. I’ve sold three short stories, had two published that were accepted at the end of 2013, managed to get the interview I did with editor Don D’Auria included in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Horror 101, and landed my first big deal with Samhain Publishing. My novella, Abram’s Bridge, will be released in the first part of 2015 from what I consider to be the best horror line on the market (no disrespect to all of the other fine dark fiction publishers). My serial novel, Becoming, has maintained its rank among the top 20 at Jukepopserials.com…and if that’s not hectic enough, my band, The Never Nudes, released our debut self-titled EP a couple months back.

Obviously landing a piece with Don D’Auria at Samhain is my greatest writing achievement thus far, but a close second to that is the fact that I’ve committed to donating all of the money I make from short story sales and JukePop Top 30 payouts to the National Children’s Cancer Society. So far, I’ve earned $115.00 from sales and payouts. I donate as I receive the money owed to me, so the amount officially donated sits at $45.00. Not too bad for a guy who never thought he’d be in any of the positions I’m in.

I’d like to take a quick second to thank some of the wonderful people that have contributed to my first quarter success: James Ward Kirk, Geoffrey Liu, Lori Michele, Jacob Haddon, Hydra M. Star, Joe Mynhardt, Don D’Auria, and all of my great writer/editor/sounding board friends: Erin Sweet-Al Mehairi, Kristin Dearborn, Todd Keisling, Erinn Kemper, Selene MacLeod, Chris Martin, Caroline Phillips, Mike Braun, and of course, my terrific writing group, The Tuesday Mayhem Society: Peter Dudar, April Hawkes, Jo-Jo Mason-Schnopp, and Sylvia Bourgoin. And last, but not least, anyone who has read, voted, or shared the link to my serial novel, Becoming.  Each and every one of you has helped me out far more than I deserve. Should the rest of this year turn up with zero sales from here on out, I shall still consider it my best.

Also, HUGE thank you to my wife and kids and everyone at The Hampton Inn Augusta, Maine for putting up with me.

I’m now gearing up for a number of things: First up, my family and I will be heading out to Portland, Oregon for the 2014 World Horror Convention and to attend the Bram Stoker Awards ceremony for the second straight year. I’m not going empty handed. I have a new novella (Boom Town) that I will be pitching Saturday to my publisher, Don D’Auria, and also to Michael Baily at Dark Regions Sci-Fi.  I’m also looking forward to getting a chance to meet two of my writing heroes, Jack Ketchum and Brian Keene.

Once I return home, I will began the next round of edits and re-writes on my debut novel, The Haunted Halls (being edited by Robert S. Wilson, and published by James Ward Kirk). I am very proud of this haunted hotel story and look forward to sharing it with you by the end of July. After that, I’ll be trying to finish two other novels I currently have in-progress.

Keeping at it one sentence at a time, I look forward to crafting more quality dark fiction. I also look forward to meeting  many wonderfully demented, like-minded souls throughout the rest of the year. Thanks for reading this. Thanks for being so cool.

Cheers,

Glenn

 

The following anthologies/magazines/books my 2014 works can be found in:

Ugly Babies 2 (James Ward Kirk Publishing)

Pavor Nocturnus Volume II (Parasomnia Press)

Dark Moon Digest 15

Infernal Ink Magazine April 2014

Horror 101: The Way Forward (non-fiction, Crystal Lake Publishing)

Vignettes From the End of the World (Apokrupha Publishing)

 

These can all be purchased via my Amazon Author page:

http://www.amazon.com/Glenn-Rolfe/e/B00AXYEBTY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_2