I’ve Been Really Busy, I Swear! or Oh Yeah, I Have a Blog

Somewhere, beneath all of the dust and cobwebs, is the blog I have been neglecting for more than two months.

Sorry about that, but as the title says, I’ve been really busy.  I’ll do my best to catch us up as briefly as I can.

When we last left our intrepid hero, he was discussing his upcoming appearances and talking about the
Book Fair in Clawson.  The good news is that all of those appearances went extremely well.  These included:

The Motor City Haunt Club’s Haunted Garage Sale
Dragon’s Roost Press and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers did rather well at this year’s new location.  The sale was held at the Wayne County Fair Grounds which also has a substantial area for camping and RV parking.  Usually the first people through the door are the hard core horror fans.  This time they were accompanied by a slew of older folk1 who wandered in to see what all of the fuss was about.  They are quite pleasant, despite some questionable attire.2  Bonus points to Shad Kelly who manned the GLAHW table despite having sustained a concussion the previous night in a mosh pit.

Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails Event:
We had an intimate gathering of horror fans at
Off The Beaten Path BooksChristopher Nadeau and David C. Hayes read their short stories, cookies we eaten, and books were sold.  Off The Beaten Path is now another bookstore where you can pick up Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails.

Flint Horror Con
Both the GLAHW and Dragon’s Roost Press, as well as other great horror vendors, shared a wonderful day of selling and shopping.  I was very good and did not go crazy buying things.  I did, however, have my photo taken with Christine.

In addition to these appearances, I also attended two author events of friends.  David C. Hayes had a release party for his new release
Keeping Molly at Blue Frog Books in Howell.  I missed the beginning, but raced there after work.  Thanks to my connection with the ridiculously prolific Hayes and the fact that his story “Misty Hills of Dreamer Sheep” appears in the anthology, the kind owner of Blue Frog also agreed to carry Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails.

The second book signing I attended was for the release of
Jen Haeger’s Moonlight Medicine: Epidemic, the second in the Moonlight Medicine trilogy.  This was held at the Barnes and Nobel in Ann Arbor.  In addition to readings from the current release and the upcoming third book in the series, the audience was also treated to video trailers for the first two books, a Q & A with the author, and a rousing game of werewolf BINGO.4

Naturally, with October being Halloween month, I spent a good deal of time decorating the house, attending haunted attractions,
5 and passing out candy.  Halloween itself was cold and drizzly, which cut down on our attendance.  I ended up skipping the showing of Evil Dead 2 at the Redford Theatre, choosing instead to rest up for the culmination of the Halloween season:

The GLAHW’s Monster Mash for Literacy Bash:
As always, an amazing time was had by all the attendees.  We danced to the mix created by
Jim Leach, ate wonderful food, drank MontiLee Stormer’s delicious alcoholic concoction, and most importantly, raised money for local literacy organizations.

That should bring us up to date.  I have more irons than the fire has room for now, so I need to end this post and get back to work.  Suffice it to say that the end of the this year and beginning of 2015 are shaping up to be just as eventful as the last few months.

1  Some of whom may or may not have been members of the True Knot.

2  I’m looking at you, Mr. Quilted Gold Velour Track Suit Guy.

3  The wickedly awesome car, not the strawberry girl.

4  One of the most creative ideas I’ve seen at a book signing in a long time.

5  Which I might review in a future post.