Quick Updates

Last weekend’s signing went great.  We sold out of all the store’s copies of Scavengers (I think it was 19, but don’t quote me on that), and there were only five copies of Supernatural Noir left.  Lee Thomas and I signed those and gave them to the store for safe selling.  Thank you so much to everybody who came out and purchased a copy.  And to my girlfriend’s parents…I’m sorry about the cocaine and rough sex scene in the middle of Scavengers.  I should have warned you about that.

Mike Oliveri wrote an excellent essay on writers and suicide. As somebody who’s been in therapy for about two years now and still has days when getting out of bed feels like the hardest thing ever, I can vouch for everything he says.  Certainly worth the read.

This week I need to finish up a short story, and then I need to get cracking on a novel that’s due by year’s end.  How did I end up with deadlines, again?

Your Tuesday Update

Spent the morning deciding what short stories will appear in the Just Like Hell re-release.  Exciting stuff.  I’m told there will be copies at Killer-Con, where I’ll be giving a reading and appearing at the Deadite Press and Burning Effigy Press parties (and, really, any other parties that take place that weekend).

This Saturday, I’ll be signing copies of Scavengers and Supernatural Noir at the Arboretum are Barnes and Noble in Austin.  Come out, say hi, and buy something.  I will sign the living hell out of it.

July 30th, 2PM-4PM
Barnes and Noble Arboretum
10000 Research Blvd # 158

Austin Signing and Other Tidbits

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be signing at the Arboretum Barnes and Noble in Austin on July 30th, from 2PM-4PM.  The store assures me they’ll have copies of Scavengers and Supernatural Noir in stock.  Come in, say hi, and buy stuff.  I’ll be very appreciative.

Pretty good week, last week.  After sending a publisher two outlines for a potential project, the editor decided to pick up both books.  I can’t give any details yet, but I will say I’m excited as all hell to tear into these books.

Supernatural Noir was released last Wednesday.  I’ve been reading a few stories out of this beautiful little package, and all of them have been winners.  You should pick up a copy.

And Scavengers continues to do well.  A few reviews have popped up on Amazon, but we’re always hungry for more.  Go grab a copy and write a review.  There may be candy in it for you.

Have a good week, folks.  Don’t let the man get you down.

Can I call this a tour?

Well, I’m gonna!

With Scavengers now available (you can find links in the bookstore), I’ve decided I should really step up my gme in terms of promotion.  So I’ve decided to do just that.

If you look at the menu bar above, you’ll see I’ve added a section called Tour.  This is where I’ll be keeping track of all my upcoming signings and appearances.  Right now, there are only two listings there (which you’ll also find below), but I’m working on setting up more, more, more!

So come out and see me.  I don’t want to be lonely at these things.

Armadillocon 33
August 26-28, 2011
Renaissance Hotel, Austin, TX

KillerCon
September 22-25, 2011
Stratosphere Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

KillerCon

As of yesterday, I’ll officially be attending KillerCon.  I’ve been wanting to check out this convention (held in Las Vegas) since it began a few years ago, and I’m finally in a spot where I can afford it.  I’ll be there September 22nd through the 25th.  No word yet on any programming, but I’ve heard rumors of a book release.  I’ll keep you informed, and I hope to see you there!

Austin Comic Con

This weekend, I’ll be appearing at the first Austin Comic Con.  I’ll be helping man the STAPLE! booth with Christ “Uncle Staple” Nicholas and a few others. I’ll have copies of just about everything, so stop by and help me pay for lunch.

Also, Friday night I’ll be popping into Club Deville to check out the live art show.  You could do a lot worse for entertainment.

Red Sky Blog Tour dates

Greetings, all.  We’re one week out from the Red Sky Blog Tour, and two weeks out from Red Sky’s pre-order date.  With that in mind, I figured it was a good time to discuss dates and such.

Each day next week, Monday through Friday, I’ll be appearing on a different author’s blog.  I plan to discuss a nice assortment of topics related to writing, horror, and all things scary and such.  Yeah.  Specific, I know.

By now, you’re probably wondering where I’ll be next week.  Well, no need to keep you waiting!  Here are the dates, listed by date and whose blog I’ll be corrupting.

THE RED SKY BLOG TOUR

Monday, October 25th: Lee Thomas
Tuesday, October 26th: Paul Tremblay
Wednesday, October 27th: Brian Keene
Thursday, October 28th: Tim Lebbon
Friday, October 29th: Norman Partridge

So come on out and join me.  We’ll have a few laughs, and I’ll probably get angry or grab your girlfriend’s ass at some point. EIther way, I promise fun!

Blood of the Bean II

As part of the awesomeness that is October, I’ll be reading October 16th as part of Gabrielle Faust’s Blood of the Bean II.  A slew of great authors are going to be there (plus me, heh), so try to make a night of it.

5:00­-5:15 Denise Broussard
5:15-5:30 Ethan Nahate
5:30-5:45 Frank Summers
5:45-6:00 Stina Leicht
6:00-6:15 D.B. Grady
6:15-6:30 Rhodi Hawk
6:30-6:45 Hank Schwaeble
6:45-7:00 Robert Stikmanz
7:00-7:45 Dear Lioness
7:45-8:00 Skylar White
8:00-8:15 Gabrielle Faust
8:15-8:30  Joe McKinney
8:30-8:45 Nate Southard
8:45-9:00  Lee Thomas

Blood of the Bean II takes place in Austin at Kick Butt Coffee, located at 5775 Airport Blvd. Hope to see some of you guys there!

 

Armadillocon Schedule

This weekend, I’ll be taking part in Armadillocon, Austin’s sci-fi, fantasy, and just-a-dash of horror con.  It’s held at the Renaissance Hotel in north Austin.  As far as conventions go, it’s a very affordable one.  If you’re in town and have some time on your hands, you can do a lot worse.        

I’ll be spending most of the weekend manning the World Horror table in the dealers’ room, but I’ll be taking part in a few panels and such to keep me up and moving.

 

This is a Test of the Zombie Early Detection System
Fri 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Sabine
N. Southard, P. Roberts, M. Williams, A. Allston, L. Thomas*
Being prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse. And, why doesn’t anyone notice it’s happening before we get shambling hordes? 

Reading
Sat 12:30 PM-1:00 PM Pecos
Not sure what I’ll be reading, but it will probably be a selection from Broken Skin, or maybe “The Blisters on My Heart.”  

Vampires: From Folklore to Fanfic
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Sabine
Ma. Finn*, R. Klaw, S. Cupp, N. Southard, N. Holzner, S. White
Our panelists discuss the long history of vampires and the changes they have undergone over the years.

Stump the Panel
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM San Antonio
G. Faust, N. Southard*, D. Johnson, J. Rountree, R. Rose 
    

Ruins

I like old things.  Wait, scratch that.  I like broken, run-down, discarded, ancient things.  I find a lot of beauty in collapsing barns, abandoned gas stations, and rusted cars.  I’m not sure why, but it’s something that’s always been there.

Well, on July 4th weekend I hit the motherload.  That weekend, the girlfriend and I packed up the dogs and headed to Port Arthur.  Our goal was to go down there and spend time at the beach.  Well, that was Shawna’s plan.  Mine involved eating pizza in bed at the hotel.  A man needs his vacation.

The problem (which we didn’t encounter until we hit Port Arthur), is that there’s no beach there. In fact, Port Arthur is probably the Detroit of Texas. The place has been hit by three hurricanes in the past ten years or so, and it’s a broken ruin of a city.  With a population of over 55,000, there are no groceries, banks, or drugstores.  The population needs to go inland for that sort of thing.  There are streets full of boarded-up homes, and the city’s tallest structure (an old hotel) is a tower of shattered windows and blasted paint.  A Valero refinery sits just outside of the town like a monster made of pipes and fire.

Driving around Port Arthur and the surrounding areas is like stepping into a post-apocalyptic movie.  The highway that leads from Port Arthur to Galveston has been closed for 20 years because of hurricane damage.  The only public beach has been washed out, with numerous piers being reduced to spare pieces of lumber jutting out of the water.  It’s really pretty amazing.

I’d recommend anybody who wants to see something interesting look up some info on Port Arthur.  You could do worse.  I maybe wouldn’t go there, though. Just sayin’.