Is it Fan Expotime already? Yup! This year’s convention will not have the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear, unfortunately. But I will be attending as part of the horror programming, selling and signing books, plus hosting a special spooky reading event.
Boo! Scary Stories Read Aloud. Friday, September 4 at 11:45am in Room 705 of the North Building, I’ll be reading one of my fave scary folk tales, from my own hometown. Plus, I’ve assembled a fantastic crew of fellow readers and invite you to join us for an hour of good ole fashion scary storytelling. Shopping and autograph hunting is fun but I always appreciate when there is culture to discover at a fan con so am trying to bring some to others. Friday is much less bananas in terms of line-ups and crowds than the weekend, so it’s a great time to visit. I will also be selling and signing my books in the horror vendors section, at booth #5431. I’m only there for the Friday, So if you’re planning to get your geek on this long weekend, make sure to come that day and come find me!
I have found the horror fan’s dream bookstore. I’ve known about Dark Delicacies for years, of course, by reputation. I included it in my Encyclopedia Gothica, after all. But I wanted to visit it first-hand, and that became my excuse for a trip to Los Angeles to promote my new book, How to Kill A Vampire.
The store regularly hosts authors, filmmakers, and other horror types for signings and they were courteous enough to have me come in, even though I’m not exactly famous. They even put a display in the window and set me up on the same day at the Full Moon event by the lovely folks at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, which allowed me to meet all kinds of people interested in dark and beautiful things.
One surprise visitor was actor Carolyn Hennesy. She was wearing blood red contacts and I jokingly asked her if she was a vampire….only to discover that she is! Or was. She played Rosalyn Harris on True Blood, until she was violently dispatched. I apologized for the title of my book and she forgave me. Haha. Then we talked about her animal activism: she hosts a podcast called Animal Magnetism about conservation and preservation. She was full of energy and enthusiasm and I liked her alot.
It was a splendid afternoon and I highly recommend you make Delicacies bookstore a must on your next visit to the L.A. area. The shop is located on a retail strip in Burbank surrounded by great thrift stores, independent clothing shops and more but you’ll be hard-pressed not to spend all your money on their books and horror gifts. I bought myself a gorgeous skull crystal necklace (naturally) and a copy the owner’s book Vampires Don’t Sleep Alone: Your Guide to Meeting, Dating and Seducing a Vampire, because even though I don’t believe vamps are real, it might come in handy someday….
The only thing I like as much as writing about vampires is talking about vampires. So I’ve been enjoying doing interviews to promote my new book, How to Kill A Vampire. And I especially enjoyed this interview with Richard Crouse. Richard is a well-known and highly respected film critic here in Canada and it felt like a life’s to-do checked off to appear on his radio show. He has kindly uploaded our chat for your listening pleasure.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Darkening days. Cool nights. The smell of pumpkin spice. Orange leaves crunching underfoot. The frantic search for Count Chocula. And for me, this year, extra special good times promoting my new book.
Friends in Toronto, Los Angeles, and London, Ontario…. I hope to see you at one of these events this month.
Here is my schedule. Hope to see you there. I don’t bite. (Much.)
HOW TO KILL A VAMPIRE BOOK SIGNING! ECW Press Booth #842
Thursday, August 22, 6 pm Saturday, August 24, 11 am
FEMME FATALES: THE WOMEN OF THE GENRE I’m moderating a discussion with THE SOSKA TWINS, JENNIFER BIEHN, ALYSSA LOBIT and PATRICIA CHICA about their work directing, producing and acting in horror. Saturday, August 24, 12:30 pm Room 713
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT VAMPIRES BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK I get an entire hour to talk about my favourite creatures of the night with moderator Monica S. Kuebler. Come. Ask me anything.Saturday, August 24, 5:45 pm Room 705
SO YOU WANT TO WRITE ABOUT HORROR? A how-to session on breaking into the non-ficion horror writing biz with me, CRISSY CALHOUN, BRAD MIDDLETON, LIV SPENCER and SOPHIE COSSETTE. Moderated by Monica S. Kuebler.Sunday, August 26, 2:45 pm Room 713
In three months, my second book will be on shelves. Last year, I announced I was writing about vampires. Now, the writing and proofing is done and the celebrating and promoting begins! How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction is, as far as I can tell, the first book dedicated to all the ways to kill vamps. I am interested in vampire destruction rituals because I think they tell us much about the nature of human fear, and how the anxieties of the day manifest themselves in mythology. Today’s horror movies and scary stories are our modern myths, a way to grapple with, if not understand, the mysteries of the world. Few of us can name the constellations in the night sky but we know the intricacies of each season of Buffy. Because it’s the latter of those things that helps us to navigate in the darkness. It is my hope that this book will illuminate the power and importance of vampire storytelling in a new way. That it will bring new (old) ideas to the discussion of why we need monsters and horror. That people who love Twilight and True Blood will learn fun things about 17th century Bulgarian funeral rites and ancient burial practices. And that you will read it and share the journey that is authorship with me. Here is how…
A Toronto launch party is planned for Tuesday, September 17. It will be a vampire themed pub trivia night. Save the date! Before that, I’ll be at the Fan Expo/Festival of Fear convention in August, signing and talking. I’m also heading to Los Angeles for a book signing at Dark Delicacies on October 5, which is super exciting. More promo appearances and parties to be added, hopefully in your town. Invitations welcome. I don’t bite. (Much.)
Media friends: I’m happy to talk vampires any time and my publicist can send you an advance copy for review.
Many more announcements to come throughout the year. As always, thank you for reading.