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
Editor of the Writer's Symposium Ezine
Author of The Golden Cord
Book One of the Iron Dragon Series
(Five Star Books, April 2008)