I just got home from the World Horror Convention, which is being held right here in Salt Lake City. Since I live in the suburbs, the con is only 25 minutes away. I attended with my buddy Patrick Tracy and we had our usual great time. I'm not a horror writer per se, but I have two stories with strong horror elements. Mostly, I'm a fantasy writer. Still, this is a great con where writers, publishers, and editors hang out. My first horror story is Almost Brothers in the DAW anthology, Fellowship Fantastic. I managed to get the lead story and I need to make Almost Brothers into a novel. The other one is The Queen's Ransom in Blue Kingdoms Shades and Specters.
So, I was on a panel today on networking, and it went really well. We had a good turnout and the attendees were happy at the end. I love it when a panel turns out so well.
Then I attended some panels and went to dinner with some cool writer friends: Thom Allen, Eric Swedin, Patrick Tracy, and Clint Johnson. There was some chatting and then I went to a poetry reading by lots of different writers. The poems were amazing and powerful. My friend, JoSelle Vanderhooft read from her Stoker nominated book, Ossuary. It's amazingly beautiful. I hope she wins the Stoker. That would be so spectacular. Also, Steve Resnic Tem and his wife read some great poems as well.
World Horror is a fabulous convention and I'm so glad that I went. Now I can look forward to Friday and Saturday as I'll be at the con the whole time.
Did I mention there were lots of skulls?
Paul Genesse, Author and Editor
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