A personal highlight was participating in my first contest at a con. I won third place in the Creative Fiction contest on Saturday night. Participants had 20 minutes to write 200 words or less using five words: mongoose, forgiveness, plagiarism, zither, and butterknife. And we had to include the sentence, "I want to suck your cock." Then we read our work aloud. Just an overall great experience, even if I blushed a lot. All of the entries were creative and cool and I'd especially like to thank the judges: Mignon Fogarty, Jack Ketchum, Don D'Auria, and Roy Robbins.
Another highlight was when William F. Nolan signed my copy of "How to Write Horror Fiction," that I bought new in 1990. You could say I've been interested in horror for a long time--even if I've only recently started writing it seriously.
Maybe I should just shut up and share some camera phone pictures:
Looking up at the Stratosphere tower
Level 108 of the Stratosphere
A man in silhouette on one of Stratosphere's crazy rides
Happy Hour at the level 107 bar. Buy one martini, get one free.
Eliza Hirsch, my kick ass roommate
Mignon Fogarty teaches a Grammar Girl Workshop
Gene O'Neill holds up a copy of "The Burden of Indigo"
Guest of Honor Jack Ketchum reads from "The Woman"
R.J. Cavender teaches a Self-Editing Workshop
Mike McCarty and colleague (didn't catch his name) from KNB Efx Group Inc. apply zombie makeup
Four participants during the clichés in fiction panel: Monica O'Rourke, Hal Bodner, Don D'Auria, and Erik Williams
Guests of Honor at Closing Ceremonies: F. Paul Wilson, William F. Nolan, Kelley Armstrong, Jack Ketchum
Organizer Wrath James White thanks KillerCon volunteers at Closing Ceremonies
Unfortunately, this recap only scratches the surface.
KillerCon was an incredibly positive experience and I hope to be able to attend next year. I'm grateful to the horror community for being so open and welcoming to newcomers like myself. And now I'm freshly inspired to get writing again.