I’m back from Horrorfind Weekend 12. I posted my pics here. I had a wonderful time. Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by my table over the weekend. It was great to meet and chat with you, and sign your books. Thanks to Mike, Bobby, Karen, Ben, Joe and the rest of the Horrorfind staff for such an awesome weekend. A few personal highlights for me: Finally meeting Brandon and Angela, and Mark and Paula (aka Mr. and Mrs. Ruderabbit); J.F. Gonzalez and I listening to Joe Lansdale, Chet Williamson and Tom Monteleone reminisce about old times (especially a hilarious tale involving Richard Laymon, a bottle of booze and the wrong hotel); reading to an absolutely packed room with Mary SanGiovanni and Rio Youers; hearing the crowd response to Demonstration of the Dead; dinner on Friday night; and hanging out on Saturday night; and finally, watching new authors like Kelli Owen, Sheldon Higdon, Thomas Erb, Andersen Prunty, Kevin Lucia, and Norman Prentiss really come into their own. You kids did good.
Maelstrom, my new small press imprint through Thunderstorm Books, was announced at Horrorfind. Soon as I get permission, I’ll post some of the details here, as well. And we’ll be examining it in depth in the next issue of Of Keene Interest (which should ship at the end of this month).
The other big news I announced at Horrorfind is that I’ve reached an agreement with Leisure Books/Dorchester Publishing for the return of my back-list (The Rising, City of the Dead, The Conqueror Worms, Ghoul, Dead Sea, Dark Hollow, Ghost Walk, Castaways, Urban Gothic, Darkness of the Edge of Town and A Gathering of Crows). Print rights reverted back to me today. Digital rights will revert back to me on December 31st. What this means for you, the reader, is that all of those books will be disappearing from your local bookstore very soon. The publisher can sell off their remaining stock, but can’t print more copies. So if you’ve been waiting to purchase one, you’d better do it soon.
Also, booksellers at both Borders and Barnes & Noble tell me that all Leisure titles — horror, western romance, etc. — are being returned. I’m not sure why, nor will I speculate (though I do have my own guess). Bottom-line: get them while you can.
As for my plans for the back-list, tune in early next year…
Speaking of out-of-print back-list titles, I am very happy to announce that both Clickers and Clickers II: The Next Wave will be available soon in both digital and trade paperback. The digital editions may be available later this week, in fact.
The first half of 2010 seems to have been all about endings. The second half of this year is gonna be about beginnings. I know things look bad for the genre right now, kids, but stick with me. I have a plan.
It’s always darkest right before the dawn…