The Second Annual Las Vegas KillerCon

The Second Annual Las Vegas KillerCon will take place at the Palace Station Hotel/Casino in Sin City August 26 – 29. 2010. The Horror, Thriller, Sci-fi and Paranormal Romance genres collide in this multi-genre writer’s convention.  This event will feature panel discussions, readings, two writing contests, parties, book signings, and author Q&As with guests of honor Brian Lumley, Tananarive Due, John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow, and Stephen Barnes as well as many other top talents in Fear Fiction who will be in attendance.

Brian Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope Series, The Psychomech Series, The Dreamlands Series, The Primal Land Series, and more than a dozen other bestselling novels.

Tananarive Due is an American Book Award winner, Bram Stoker Award winner, NAACP Image Award winner, and bestselling author of The Living Blood, My Soul To Keep, Blood Colony, and six other novels ranging from horror to supernatural thrillers to a mystery to a Civil Rights memoir.

Stephen Barnes is the New York Times bestselling author of The Legacy of Heorot and The Cestus Deception and has written numerous television screenplays for such shows as The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Andromeda, and Stargate, as well as four episodes of the immortal Baywatch.

John Skipp is a bestselling author and screenwriter whose eleven books have sold millions of copies and are reprinted in nine languages. His early works (co-written with Craig Spector) were considered seminal to the “splatterpunk” style of horror fiction. In September 2007, Leisure Books released his novel The Long Last Call, together with his novella, Conscience. In 2008 he released Jake’s Wake co-written with author Cody Goodfellow.

Cody Goodfellow is the author of RADIANT DAWN, RAVENOUS DUSK, and co-author of Jake’s Wake (with John Skipp.) His fiction and journalism has appeared in Cemetery Dance, Third Alternative, Dark Wisdom, Dark Discoveries, Dark Recesses and Ranch & Coast, and recent anthologies A Dark & Deadly Valley, Hot Blood 13 and Vault Of Punk Horror.

Come join us for this exciting event!  Learn more about the convention at http://www.killercon.com/

KillerCon 2009 Report

For folks who don’t know, Wrath James White and I are basically like brothers. Overly competitive brothers who like to one up one another. Orgy of Souls was written that way. In what constitutes the rest of our real life, I do a chili, he has to do a chili. He gets a book deal, I have to get a book deal. I do a convention, he has to do a convention. And par for course, KillerCon was Mo*Con on steroids.

As he didn’t learn any lessons after so often mocking me during my Mo*Con prep, I watched he and his co-chair, Monica O’Rourke, ran around madly seeing to everyone’s needs. (The lesson to have remembered: you don’t have to worry about programming gaffs because when in doubt, you have food, booze, and, well, Vegas. The conversations will take care of themselves.) The short and clearly sanitized summary, for those who didn’t just follow my twitter, work got done, new friends were made,
old friends were hung out with.
Plus it’s always good to meet with your agent in the flesh for a change.
This con had a series of firsts for me. I did a reading of some of my fiction (“Night of the Living Baseheads” the story that became the basis/a sub-plot in the first book of The Knights of Breton Court: Kingmaker). Don’t get me wrong, I’d been building up to it, having done some non-fiction readings (“Man-O-Gram”) and a few poems, but never a story. Though I could live without Wrath and Monica bragging about popping my reading cherry …

Also, though I’m use to doing a couple of panels, my wife Sally sat on a panel, the “what the hell was Wrath thinking putting his wife and mine on the” Seven Deadly Sins of Living With a Writer panel. That experience will require a separate blog post.

And the convention was in Las Vegas. With most cons, we rarely leave the hotel so the city hardly matters as long as there are bars/restaurants nearby. This time, we were rarely in the hotel. Of course, the Broaddus’ were personally hosted by Wrath and Christie, for which we are very grateful (and they were the consummate hosts).
With only two tracks of programming, one would think that the con would be more of a relaxicon. Yet between running back and forth to the Strip and trying to take in so much while there, KillerCon needed a few days to recover from (read: I can’t wait til the next one).

And “teh wife” has a more complete album of the event on her FaceBook.

Barbara Vey was live blogging the convention. You may want to check it out.

Off to Killer*Con

Sorry. It’s been a flurry of activity trying to get my stack of piling up reviews written, work through the myriad details regarding the Dark Faith anthology, and writing a novel (not to mention that there are a lot of blog topics swirling around in my head that won’t leave me alone until I post them). Anyway, those are the main reasons for the blog silence, though I maintain a steady stream of gibberish via my Twitter.

And this weekend I’m off to KillerCon. Here’s my schedule for those looking for me:

FRIDAY

2:00PM: Seven Deadly Sins of Marketing and Self-Promotion. Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy: How to promote yourself and your work. Moderator: Matt Schwartz. Panelists: Brian Keene, Gabrielle Faust, Gene O’Neill, Maurice Broaddus, Lori Perkins

SATURDAY

10:00AM Seven Deadly Sins of Characterization: Writing Believable Characters While Avoiding the Tropes: Moderator: Bill Gagliani. Panelists L.A. Banks, Hal Bodner, Maurice Broaddus, Adam Coats.

4:30PM Reading by Maurice Broaddus

7:00PM Male or Female? The game show that challenges the audience to guess the gender of the author of a passage of classic or current horror. Can you tell the difference? Moderator Matt Schwartz. Panelists Allen K, Maurice Broaddus, Rain Graves, L.L. Soares [For the record, I am going to SUCK at this game!]

And in a scary turn of events:

Saturday

11:00AM Seven Deadly Sins of Living With a Writer. The Highs and Lows of Life With A Writer. Moderator: Jeannie Eddy. Panelists: Karen Lansdale, Christie White, Mark Worthen, Kelli Dunlap, Derek Sullivan. and now SALLY BROADDUS!!!

*GULP*