Thursday, August 5, 2010

Stoker Weekend

I found another horror writing conference - Stoker Weekend next June. It's about the same price as the other conferences I've found, and the guest of honor is OH MY GOD Peter Straub!

Yeah... Peter Straub! The dude who wrote Floating Dragon? And Ghost Story? And In the Night Room? Okay, okay... and YES, yes yes yes, The Talisman and Black House with... ah... my writing hero, Stephen King?!

Oh yeah that guy. ;)

Guess how I found out about this one? I became friends with KillerCon on Facebook. Through that friendship I became friends with Cutting Block Press. On one of their posts earlier today, someone commented that horror writing conferences were really starting to pick up, now with KillerCon and the WHC and Stoker Weekend.

Stoker Weekend? I said to myself.

Roughly fifteen seconds later I was having a joygasm as I looked delightedly at the home page of another horror writers' convention I want to attend. There's a ridiculous amount of cool stuff happening at this conference - yes, OH MY GOD Peter Straub is gonna be there, but there are also workshops, meet and greets, readings, a "pitch-a-thon"... man it sounds like a blast!

Now I needs to get to penny pinchin'...

Everything seems to be slowly falling into place, it took signing up for KillerCon for this to open up the way it has. Y'all wish me luck... I feel like I might be going down a rabbit hole soon.

The gent frowning at you at the top of this entry is none other than Bram Stoker himself, BTW. ;)


Will Burke said...

I keep hearing that conferences are great for see-and-be-seen for writers, perhaps it's time to do some homework on them!

Al said...

wow sounds great! Have fun!

True Life and Fiction said...

I know. You are making me want to go to conferences. My issue is more with time then anything else. Maybe I'll have to spend some time finishing some major projects so I can go to one of them there conferences.

Problem is, I already have to divide my time writing between science fiction, mystery/crime, and paranormal erotic romance. Am I weird or what?

Sarah Ahiers said...

oooh awesome! Where is the convention held?

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds fantastic for you! It'll be great fun :)

B. Miller said...

Will - you definitely should! I have a feeling it's one of the best marketing tools out there, but I'll be more sure about that after KillerCon this month. Let me be your guinea pig! :D

J.L. - That's not weird! Write what makes you happy, my friend - otherwise there's no point to it!

Falen - The conference is in Long Island, NY...

Jemi and Al - Thanks, guys!! :)

Dawn Ius said...

That makes THREE conferences I want to attend in NY next year... Ack!

Lola Sharp said...

AWESOME! *luck wishing*

I'm psyched for you.

Hows RH going for you?
Are you ready to scream yet?
Did I not warn you? It's evil and gut wrenching, no?
Wait until around your fifth draft. That's Satan's draft.

Side note: I LOVE Bram Stoker's Dracula.


Hart Johnson said...

OHMYGAWD-I wish I wrote horror! Peter Staub is my FAVORITE scary author ever-- Mr. X is my favorite, but I LOVE his stuff (I follow him on Twitter *snort*) but i would TOTALLY go if I could justify it. You HAVE to go!!!!

Straub is responsible for my Lovecraft immersion, which I think any horror author needs to delve into at least a little. I read 'Ghost Story' when I was 12 or 13, and then went on a kick about 5 years ago (just before I got back into writing, actually) and read everything of his the A2 Library had. I like his time/space jumpy stuff, but I LOVE his 'same soul, traveling through time thing'. He just has some AMAZING concepts for scary books.

Unknown said...

Good luck B. It sounds like it is going to be a wonderful convention full of many opportunities. Enjoy your journey down the rabbit hole. :D

Also, I would really like your word "joygasm" and may ask Hart or Leanne to add to the Burrowictionary. Do you mind?