The World Horror Convention, Unbound

The trophy I didn't win.

I’m back from the World Horror Convention in Utah.  (I know you all missed me).  It was a really fantastic experience.  I met a lot of great people, including my publisher Christopher Payne (only took two books to get face-to-face); Brad Carpenter, an up and coming writer who I have no doubt will make a splash with his first novel; not to mention a bunch of famous people like Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Joe Lansdale, Mort Castle, Jeff Strand, Lisa Morton, Dacre Stoker, just to mention a few.

 

Love the cover.

That Which Should Not Be was a finalist for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award.  Sadly, it did not win, falling in mortal combat to Isis Unbound by Allyson Bird.  It’s hard to feel too terrible about it though.  The competition was stiff.  I’ll be reading and reviewing all of the nominees in the next few weeks.  I’ve already started on Southern Gods and let me tell you, it’s pretty brilliant so far.

The only book I may not be reading is Isis Unbound itself.  For reasons that are unclear to me, the publisher is currently only offering the book as a $45(!) limited edition.  That’s a lot to pay for a book, even one as good as Isis Unbound apparently is.  Hopefully they will ride the wave of publicity that is sure to accompany Allyson’s victory and put out an e-book.  We shall see.  I haven’t downloaded my pictures yet, but when I do, I’ll make sure to throw them up on the blog.

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2 responses to “The World Horror Convention, Unbound

  1. So – you have to give us all the dirt on Christopher for those of us who have yet to meet him!! 🙂

    And what was the other convention that was there – the emcee was talking about it at the beginning of the awards, but no one ever told us what it was!! LOL

  2. brettjtalley

    That would be the Church of Latter-Day Saints General Conference. Lots of Mormons running around. Good people, but very different from your average steam punk horrorcon attendee.

    Chris is way cooler in person than he seems via phone or internet. Though there were several times I thought I was going to have to fight someone for him. His humor is dry and occasionally not that humorous…

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