Saturday arrived, and with it came Matt Warner's reading first thing in the am. This year, he read some great nonfiction from Horrorweb, which was both funny and illuminating. Jacob Hadden read a couple of good short shorts in the same hour. Then, it was back to the dealer's room, and back to my room to rehearse for my own reading I was very nervous, as I was reading a pretty raunchy story, and my stuff's usually no more than R Rated. At 4pm, I went to Jack Ketchum's reading, and I felt better. He read from WEED SPECIES, which makes my sordid little tale look like Disney fare. At 5pm, I had my reading with Norman Prentiss. Norm read the beginning of a soon to be published by a secret publisher who must not be named, and it was quite gripping. It soudned very personal, and I can't wait for the rest of the story. My reading went well, although having Tom Monteleone in the room made me a little nervous, and I hoped he wouldn't judge me by the story that year alone. At 6, I went to Steve Wedel's reading, which also made my story appear pretty tame. Steve's a great werewolf writer, so if you like werewolves, give the Wedel a try. Also reading was Elizabeth Massie, one of my all time favorite writers who read a hilarious yet eerie chapter from her new novel . I immediately bought it and will have it finished this week!
I went over to Tom M. to thank him for coming to the reading. He asked me to sit down and asked if Iw as okay with criticism. i said, Hell yeah, what'd you think. He had issues with the story, but he admired my writing and the way I turned a typical story around to redeem itself by the end. he also said I was a very good reader. He passed on several tips from his experience and we had a very nice chat. Tom's one of the really, truly good guys. I got to know him a bit better this weekend, and he got to know me better. I thank him profusely for his dead-on advice.
Jimster showed up, as he does every year, with boxes of free books! I snagged several, including a western written under a pseudonym by Richard Laymon. Thanks, Jim. Your generosity always surprises me.
Parties ensued. We went to the Raw Dog Screaming Press party, but it was packed, and we recused ourselves to outside where several of us talked for a while. Lisa Minetti was there, Doug, Beth, and many others. We snagged tequila from my room, made margaritas, and went to the celebrity room party. Wow, look Ma! I's a celebrity! Isn't it interesting that when there's free food, the writers are the first to arrive? Two words...chicken tequitos. Mmmm. Thanks Nikki, for getting us in this year. I spoke with Malcolm McDowell about my favorite movie of his, IF.... If you've never seen IF...., you owe it to yourself. Also caught Sybil Danning stealing the edge of a cookie and leaving the rest behind. I got to talk to Michael Laimo, a really great guy who's always funny and kept me laughing. Lotsa free drinks ensued. Permuted'd own Kim Paffenroth arrived, and we had a nice discussion. He's such a smart man he made me appear semi-literate! Can't wait for the sequel, Kim! We ended up by the pool with Nanci, Marcy, G. Lukac, Beth, Gord Rollo (very funny man!), Drew, and Chris. Tequila got passed. I barely made it back to my room. Sleep came upon me like the tide.
I'm sure I've left out someone, so please don't be angry. I've tried to recall everything, but there's always somebody you forget.
Sunday was all about goodbyes. I had a looong drive ahead and I wanted to get as far as I could before getting too sleepy before stopping. It's always sad to go, but there'll be a next year. I love Horrorfind, love the time spent with friends just talking about whatever we feel like. I find I'm more open at events like this than when I'm at home. I can't wait till next year!