Well, it's been a hectic, but rewarding couple of months. The Horror...
I attended my first Horrorfind Convention and spent some time with authors Tom Monteleone*, F. Paul Wilson, Elizabeth Blue, and Michael Laimo—a friendly and supportive group. I read from CABAL (thanks to those who came to the ungodly early reading) and on Friday night I managed to drink enough $6 draughts to sing Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" at the Scaryoke party. Kudos to Nikki and her crew for putting together a kick-ass conference.
*Tom runs the Borderlands Boot Camp, which I recommend to anyone serious about the craft of writing.
Thanks to Phyllis Benjamin of the International Fortean Organization (INFO) for throwing yet another superb FortFest. In spite of the snow, and a pathetic "review" in the Baltimore Sun, I met and mingled with lots of fascinating Forteans. The event takes place at the true jewel of Baltimore, the American Visionary Art Museum. If you live in (C)Harm City, and you haven't been to AVAM -- what the hell is your excuse?
I did my mentalism gig and unveiled my talk on the UFO/Occult nexus. My only regret is that I didn't get to meet George Hansen, author of The Trickster and the Paranormal, (highly recommended) who couldn't make it because of the weather.
And for those of you in or near Baltimore, don't miss the next episode of Stoop Storytelling Series at the Creative Alliance. I revealed my NC-17 story of life as a paste-up artist on Baltimore's infamous Block. The other performers were all top-notch and very funny. David Simon, creator of The Wire, was the evening's headliner. Great stuff. Caleb Stine and the Brakemen provided the music.
I'm also writing a short story for an anthology of West Virginia legends to be published by Woodland Press. Stay tuned. (UPDATE: Preorder Legends of the Mountain State: Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia here).