Stoker Con - 2016

Stoker Con - 2016 - Held in Vegas baby!

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending Stoker Con.

Now, as you all know, I am not a horror writer...although there was this one time that I wrote a short erotic horror story, and the awesome Ray Garton critique'd it for me and told me, that I was in fact, a horror writer.

I told him he was f'ing crazy.
He thought that was funny.

But I digress...

I went to a horror writers convention this past weekend to see friends. Specifically to hang out with one of my best friends, NYT best selling author of romance and erotica, Megan Hart. Megan also writes YA horror under the pen name Em Garner.

But I also went to hang out with other horror authors that I've become friends with over the past few years. Brad C. Hodson, being my number one! (No kidding, I adore this guy, truly! Right, BLAINE?!) Bryan Shane Best, another friend I made in NOLA two years ago. I adore him and we've stayed in contact via FB since then. I even got to meet his wife, who's a total sweetheart.

I got to know, Eric Miller - I do believe we'd met before but this year we spent a decent amount of time chatting about all things books! I got to see Craig DiLouie again, which was awesome and also got to meet his gorgeous girl, Chris Marrs. John Palisano was a total sweetheart and we bonded over our mutual publisher woes.

But wait, there's more!

Andrew Wolter, a friend I'd made at least 5 years ago, who I also hadn't seen in 4 years, was there too! I ran into him walking down the hall heading to an event and stopped dead in my tracks! Andrew used to come to Sunday dinners at my house and then we'd hang on my back patio, writing and talking--okay, mostly talking, but still.

Bottom line: I love reconnecting with old friends! And I love making new ones!

Speaking of new friends...it seems Megan and I always manage to form a little con posse where ever we go. This time the two new victims were Rob E. Boley and Kerry Lipp. A couple of awesome horror writers, and all around fabulous guys!

BTW: Kerry is a saint for tolerating my grumpy, and sometimes pushy self. And said, on FB, that he'd "follow me into hell."

Here's the proof of that. Wonder if he really means it?  
Hehehe...Buckle up, Kerry!


Anyway...when I sit back and think about how awesome my life is, and how blessed I am to have such incredible people in it, I'm just in awe. Truly.

This is my life, and I get to have it. How freaking cool is that? I don't know why I get to have it, but I do know I cherish every single minute of it.

This was my 3rd horror writers convention in the past 4 years. What the hell is a romance author doing at a horror convention? Well, life just works out that way sometimes. But I have to say, I'm starting to feel the itch to maybe write some horror...

Who knows, right?
Why not, right?
We shall see what the future holds.

If anything, that little short I mentioned, titled Bed and Breakfast, will definitely be self published to Amazon in the near future, so stay tuned for that. I'll let you tell me whether or not you agree with Ray Garton's assessment. =)

For now, enjoy a little video slide show I made of the random, and a tad bit wild, pics taken over the weekend with old and new friends in this fabulous genre!





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