Friday, October 16, 2009
Back From The Dead
I have been incredibly sick for the last week. Maybe H1N1? I think. I'm just starting to feel human now and thought I would return to update folks about last weeks' Conclave.
First, congratulations to Jason Lindsey, who was there with his lovely wife, for being the winner of my LAST MAN STANDING TRIVIA CONTEST. As a winner, he is now a character in my new zombie novel, THE RAVENING, and will be gruesomely killed in print. Second Place winner was Daniel Hogan, who will be referenced as the head of the CDC. Immortality is immortality.
Speaking of zombie novels, William Jones and I both read excerpts from our work at the convention. Listening to William's reading, I have to say that I'm looking forward to the release of Pallid Light. The section William read was shocking and edged with humor. Outstanding.
Rick Moore presented a fascinating panel on non-fiction writing. He is quite knowledgeable in this area. Unfortunately, he bailed on doing a ghost hunting panel, but there's always next year, when the name of ConClave will be formally changed to Rick's Show.
We also were able to get a smattering of gaming in. Appropriately enough, a zombie game. If you play with the Joneses, you can usually count on two things. When his opponent stumbles and all seems lost, William Jones will gleefully rub his hands together and intone: "Excellent". Deborah has a bit more mercy. She stops all game play, attends to you with intense scrutiny and inquires: "I just need to make sure...are you ready to surrender? You can give up now, if you'd like." And she does this BEFORE things actually happen. Me? I never indulge in any mind hooligans. No, I just humbly press on in good sportsmanship and applaud my opponent's victories and console him on his losses.
Before closing...it was great to see Chuck Zaglanis. The big hearted lug did a reading from his story in High Seas Cthulhu. Kevin was there to provide a charming smile and surprisingly buy everyone lunch. Thanks Kevin. Love ya. Rick bought lunch one day as well. So two love yas are in order. Also it was great to meet Merrie Haskell and Jon David