But this isn't about sleeping or zombies or... Wait. Yes, there were zombies there. Not real ones of course, although that would be interesting. I even saw a Zombie Gumby. And the halls teemed with Star Wars stormtroopers, Ghost Busters, Goths, Steampunk, the whole spectrum of the horror/fantasy/sci-fi/speculative fiction universe.
All this took place at the Galt House. This is the hotel's first year hosting Fandom Fest/Fright Night Film Festival so I hope they were prepared for the weird, wacky, and wonderful denizens who converged upon downtown Louisville.
For the second year, I attended as an author and panelist. I was on three panels: "Horror Writing Perspectives from Female Authors", "Exploring Genres: Paranormal Thrillers", and "The Perfect Kill".
More about that later. This year, it wasn't so much about the panels as it was about networking. Many small press publishers had tables in the Dealer Room and I visited as many as I could. Some publishers I'd met last year, including Jason Sizemore of Apex Publications, Allan Gilbreath of Kerlak Publishing, and Eric Beebe of Post Mortem Press. It was nice to chat with them again and I hope to submit some stories to them in the near future.
|Dark Continents Publishing Banner|
|Dark Continents Publishing Table|
|Dave Mattingly of Blackwyrm Publishing|
|Kerlak Publishing: Kimberly Richardson, Andrea Judy, M.B. Weston, and Allan Gilbreath|
|Maurice Broaddus and Yours Truly|
Let's see, where was I? Oh, yes, right, back to "normal", or as near normal as I can get. Hey, you can't blame me for being all giddy meeting two of my favorite authors. I also went into fan girl mode when I met Sherrilyn Kenyon at Hypericon a couple years ago. One author told me it took her three times before she stopped geeking out in front of her favorite writer. Apparently, I'm not the only one who does this.
Oh, yeah, I promised to talk about the panels. Well, it was definitely interesting. I enjoyed the ones I was on
but snafus kept our audience attendance low. Nevertheless, even one person is an audience and we all respected that. In fact, it became more of a dialogue between us and the attendees and that was even more fun.
Maybe I didn't sell any books, but I got inspired to write. Angie Fox was telling us in her Q&A about the problems she went through as a writer and I thought, "Damn, I'm going through that now." So it was very inspiring to hear I'm not alone in many of my writing struggles. Gives me hope to keep on.
If you'd like to see more pictures from Fandom Fest, you can find them here:
Amy McCorkle/Kate Lynd's Book Launch:
Until next year...