Leaving tomorrow morning for Las Vegas and Killercon. Hope to see some of you there. I’ll turn 45 during the convention — on Saturday, in fact. I intend to celebrate by having a few drinks with Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, F. Paul Wilson, Carlton Mellick, Wrath James White, Maurice Broaddus, and some other friends, followed by breakfast the next morning with Gene O’Neill. There are worse ways to spend the official transition into middle age.
I had a rough time with 30, a rougher time with 35, and an absolute soul-wrenching time with 40, but I’m okay with 45. I think once you pass the 40 mark, you learn to make your peace with it and accept things. I was reading Fear Net’s excellent review of Alone yesterday, and one line that really struck me was this: “Keene is entering the middle age of his career, and he no longer needs to shout to be heard. He’s discovered the power of restraint, and demonstrates it with his understanding of the way a silent, empty house can be just as terrifying as a horde of gut-munching zombies.” That pretty much sums things up. That is what it feels like to turn 45. (And thanks to Blu Gilliand for saying in a review of my book what I’m trying – and failing – to properly articulate here).
I’ve led a hard life, but I’ve also had a damn good run. I’ve got two happy and healthy sons, and I make a lot of people happy with the words I write. Every day I live past this point is just gravy. I’m looking forward to enjoying the time that’s left.
Anyway, things won’t be updated here until middle of next week. While I’m gone, keep in mind that Earthworm Gods II: Deluge and Sundancing are still available in hardcover (less than 30 copies left). Entombed and An Occurrence in Crazy Bear Valley are available in paperback. Alone and Scratch are available now for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. And issue #1 of The Last Zombie: Before the After – featuring two different covers – is on sale in comic shops.
Okay. I’m off to spend some time with my youngest son and Mary, and work on The Lost Level and Hole In The World before flying out tomorrow. If you need me, hit me up on Twitter or my message board. And if you’re going to be in Vegas this weekend, please do say “Hi”. Deadite Press will have plenty of my books there for purchase, and you are also welcome to bring along things to be signed.
As always, if you keep reading them, I’ll keep writing them. F.U.K.U.