Once upon a time, many, many years ago, I went to my first out of state convention. Ok, it was 2009, but it feels like a very long time ago.
The convention was Context in Columbus Ohio, and I was going for two reasons. The first was that Shroud Publishing had accepted my first novel Feast, and the second was that as publisher of Necrotic Tissue, I wanted to get myself out there more and meet some of the writers I’d made friends with online.
I had a fantastic time and met some new people and forged a friendship that I never thought would occur after the age of forty. It was a great time that spawned a lot of creativity including the creation of the highly exclusive Aquapunk genre.
I repeated in 2010 and got a table for NT. I also teamed up with Tim Deal and the Gamber family to throw a fantastic publishing party that included a very famous and controversial Big Boy Dance Off contest.
Since I’ve restarted Stygian Publications and have plans for at least three books to be released in 2014, I thought it was time to return. I won’t be setting up in the Dealer room, since I don’t have the staff and don’t want to be trapped all day behind a table. Instead, I have a party suite rented for the entire weekend. The exact times are still being worked out but I will post the official schedule here and on the Stygian and my personal FB pages when it’s ready. For now, here are some highlights.
Friday night will consist of a Kolchak The Night Stalker party, showing the first two made for TV movies that preceded the series, followed by the series itself. We’ll kick it off at 7:00 PM and go until the last person cries uncle. There will be some snacks, but BYOB. We will also be holding a Kolchak monster contest. The only rules are to come as one of the monsters in the series or movies. Winners will get free books and other swag. Don’t come as Kolchak unless you’re ok only having the second or third best Kolchak costume.
Saturday, there will be readings throughout the day from man pretty Nathaniel Lambert, Gregory L. Hall, R. Scott McCoy and many others to be named later.
Saturday night is the official Stygian Party. There will be food and booze while it lasts. We will kick off the party with the triumphant return after 20 years of The Funky Werepig! He will be doing his show live and maybe in color. He’ll be flinging Moon Pies, interviewing special guests and there will be giveaways throughout the show.
I mentioned that I’ll be putting out at least 3 books in 2014. The first is Sideshow P.I.: The Devil’sGarden by Nathaniel Lambert and Kevin Sweeney, that was just recently released and is available now on Amazon. The second is Everyone Hates a Hero: A Johnny Midnight Tale, by Gregory L. Hall and will be released a few . Both will be there with copies to sell and sign.
After The Funky Werepig show, stick around for the return of The BIG BOY DANCE OFF!! Prizes will be given for whoever comes in second and third place behind Greg Hall. After that the dance party will keep going as long as you do, so stick around for random prize drawings including 15 minutes in the whirlpool tub with man pretty Nathaniel Lambert!! Sorry, the hotel has forbid the use of Jello in the tub.
Stick around Sunday morning and help clean up!! Hello? Were'd everyone go??
Stay tuned for more Stygian and Context Convention updates.