Earlier this year, I was announced as one of the instructors for the 2013 Borderlands Writers Boot Camp, held January 25th – 27th. Then, back in October, it was announced that due to the downturn in the economy, one of the instructors had to be cut, and I (rightfully) took the bullet for F. Paul Wilson and Douglas E. Winter. But yesterday, Borderlands figured out a way to have me on hand after all.
I’ll be giving a speech and a Q&A on Saturday night about living as a full-time writer: how to do it, how you get paid, how you find health insurance, what it does to your relationships, how to produce every day, how to avoid writer’s block, how to set up a signing tour, etc. All in the same no-nonsense straight talk you’ve come to expect over the years. So, if you’re on the fence, sign up now!
Yesterday was Comix Connection’s 5th Annual Creator Cookout, an event that raises donations for the Central PA Food Bank. This year’s creators included Mike Hawthorne, Duane Swierczynski, Andrew Griffith, Mary SanGiovanni, Dirk Shearer, Kelli Owen, and myself. Here are some pics. Continue reading →
While I signed books at The York Emporium this past weekend, the rest of the Drunken Tentacle Crew tested the “Blood Cannon” in preparation for Fast Zombies Suck, which begins shooting next month. We can now make brains fly out of heads at 110psi. Details here.
Thanks to everyone who came out for yesterday’s signing. Some folks drove from as far away as Boston, Michigan, and North Carolina, which is mind-bogglingly awesome. Sorry I was so out of it there at the end. My fever had spiked and that second head growing out of my neck had swollen to the size of a golf ball. I would have stayed, but others made a command decision to get me out of there and seek medical treatment. I’m happy to report no fever this morning, and the swelling has gone down considerably.
For those of you who don’t subscribe to my YouTube Channel, you’ve missed some cool things recently, including this multi-part MAKING OF GHOUL documentary. Also recently added are a ton of videos from last year’s CONvergence Con. Below are three that you might particularly enjoy. To view all of them, click here.
Here’s me in drag in front of several thousand people. (I come in at the 10-minute mark).
And here’s me getting my ass kicked in front of those same several thousand people by my good friend Cargill (of Ain’t It Cool News).
And on a more serious note, here’s Cargill and I in a more serious, introspective moment as I talk about Ghoul.
Tom Piccirilli’s new novel, The Last Kind Words, comes out next week. It is absolutely one of the best novels in his long and stellar career. You should pre-order it.
Tom is here with a true story. Seriously. 90% of what you are about to read is true. This really is what it’s like when I do a signing.
This is how trouble starts, I thought. Riding into the wasteland side by side with my bud, my little bro, Brian Keene, with him hunched over the wheel as the empty terrain of Wyoming flashed by, talking Hunter S. Thompson and other dead heroes.
Because a lot of people have been asking lately, here is where I’ll be for the rest of the year if you want to get your books signed. Horrorfind Weekend is not one of those places. I wasn’t going to comment publicly, but I’m quite literally getting asked every day, so here’s my official statement: Continue reading →
For those of you interested in having me sign books, here is the complete list of where I’ll be doing that this year. As I’ve stated before, it’s a shortened schedule from previous years due to family obligations. No matter how many times I say this, I still get people asking me “Are you coming to _____ this year?” Which makes me feel bad, because I would indeed like to come to each and every one of your towns and cities and sign books, but that just isn’t possible… unless I just happen to be unofficially in town, that is.
For several years, I taught an eight-week course at York College on how to write and publish a novel. When time constraints made teaching that course difficult to continue, I condensed the material down to a 4-hour session and taught it as a seminar at World Horror 2011. Since then, I’ve been missing teaching, because it’s something I really enjoyed.
Well, I’m happy and honored to announce that I’ve been added as an instructor for next year’s Borderlands Boot Camp, to be held January 25th – 27th in Towson, Maryland. For complete details on pricing, accommodations, tuition, and how to qualify, click here. Payment plans are available. Workshop space is limited. I hope to see you there!
Courtesy of Tod Clark, here’s a snippet from the Ghoul Premiere Q&A, in which I talk about Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door and Greg Wilson’s adaptation of both it and Ghoul (which debuts on ChillerTV Friday, April 13th).