I went to another convention and another book signing. There I had the opportunity to meet Tim Curran, author of "Hive" and "Dead Sea". And while the picture to the left is definitely of someone called Tim Curran, it isn't the Tim Curran I met.
A resident of that distant place in Michigan's Upper Peninsula called Esconaba (funny, he didn't sound like a 'Yooper'), he was also at the convention to promote his work. High forehead, round cheeks, dark brown hair with reddish highlights, playful eyes and a devilish goatee, Curran was a pleasure to talk to. He is funny and down to earth. Wry wit.
One thing that impressed me was Curran's passion about his writing and his research. " Hive", a sequel to Lovecraft's "At The Mountains Of Madness", is set in the Antarctic. Curran had contact with numerous people currently engaged in work at different Antarctic weather stations to make sure that his descriptions of the landscape were correct as well as his understanding of the science in his work.
I'm still looking forward to having an opportunity to meeting Stephen Mark Rainey, Charles Gramlich, or Sidney Williams some time. You never know where the flow of writing and promotion will carry you.