IT'S TIME TO FLASHBACK!
Join me this weekend at Flashback in Rosemont, IL and then on Aug. 19 at Wizard World Comic Con!
I'M REALLY LOOKING
forward to Flashback Weekend
at the Crowne Plaza in Rosemont, IL starting this Friday! I'll be there all weekend in the Exhibit Hall with a brand new "author booth" (sneak peek at my new banner at right
) and tons of books looking for good homes!
But I'll also be in line with my pal Brian Pinkerton
on Friday night to see the 4k restoration of PHANTASM, introduced by the director himself, Don Coscarelli. After meeting John Carpenter at Flashback a couple years ago, and Stuart Gordon there last year... seeing Don will complete my '80s director triple play!
A couple weeks after Flashback -- the weekend of August 19th -- I'll be a guest at Wizard World Comic Con
at the Rosemont Convention Center (ironically hosted right across the street from the Flashback hotel I'll be at this weekend). I don't have a full schedule for that yet, but I know I'll be on an authors panel on Friday afternoon/evening. More to come in a couple weeks...
So this weekend, if you're in Chicagoland, I hope you'll come out to Flashback and say hi! There are a ton of horror media guests coming to the convention, from a SCREAM
anniversary reunion featuring Neve Campbell to a Rob Zombie's 31
preview featuring Malcolm McDowell and Meg Foster. Check out the full list here:
Pick up a copy of the new Cemetery Riots anthology featuring "Driving Her Home"
IF YOU LOVE CREEPY
tales, I hope you'll check out the new anthology Cemetery Riots
, just released from editors T.C. Bennett and Tracy L. Carbone.
The book features stories by macabre luminaries Ray Garton, Jack Ketchum, Richard Christian Matheson, Dennis Etchison, William F. Nolan and a bunch more... and I'm proud to say that a brand new story of mine written just for this collection, "Driving Her Home," closes the volume. It's a story set near the well-known Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, a haunted place just a few miles from my childhood home.
The book is available in trade paperback and e-book now on Amazon.com - check it out!
ON THE BLOG:
On turning 50... and a biz trip to Amsterdam
BACK IN MARCH, I hit the big 5-0, and enjoyed a pretty amazing night with friends and family to celebrate, at one of my favorite places near Chicago, the Hofbrauhaus. That same week, I also got an 11th row seat to see one of my favorite bands of all time, for the first time -- New Order at the Chicago Theater (an amazing venue). You can read about all of that and see some pictures and videos on the blog here.
I HAVE TRAVELED
IT'S BEEN A good season for music in Chicago, and in addition to New Order, I've also had the chance to see two of my other favorite bands, The Cure and Duran Duran over the past couple months, and while I haven't had a chance to blog about those nights yet, I did post a bunch of music videos that I shot at those shows on a couple of YouTube playlists.
~ Watch my New Order Playlist
~ Watch my Duran Duran Playlist
~ Watch my video of The Cure playing "Just Like Heaven"
a bit this past quarter, taking a short family vacation to Orlando book-ended by trips to Amsterdam and Washington, D.C. for my dayjob. I haven't had a chance to blog about all of them, but I did put together travelogue of my trip to Amsterdam and Aachen, Germany which you can read about on the blog here
DARK SUMMER DREAMS
I hope you've been enjoying a great summer, with lots of great "Beach Reads"... and I hope I will get to see some of you this month at Flashback or Comic Con!
Yours in Dark Arts,