Friday, Feburary 1st (this Friday!), I will be MC-ing the annual Radio for the Rest of Us Birthday bash at the Renessance Ballroom 107 W. Broad Street. More info here. Lots of great bands and performances..and cake! A 10 dollar suggested donation to one of the country’s best non-profit low-power FM radio stations, 97.3 WRIR. Support independent media, support independent radio!
The kind people at James River Writers have asked me to participate in their JRW Tweet Chats on Friday, January 18th 11am-12PM EST. I have a Twitter account, but am not very good at it so it should make for an interesting time! Join us, we can talk about books and stuff.
In other recent news, Richmond Macabre 2 is doing well at the local bookstores and online. If you have not gotten a copy yet, you can go get it locally at Chop Suey Books in Richmond, or online globally at Amazon or Barnes & Noble and order it there!
Picture below from Chop Suey Books Facebook page, we made their “Caturday” picture, WONTON MACABRE!
The book is out! As of 12/12/12 Richmond Macabre II: More Nightmares is available on Amazon (eBook soon too) and we’re having a book launch gathering at Chop Suey Books Friday, December 28th, 6-7PM. Buy local! There will be some snacks and weird sounds by our friend Sean Lovelace, as well as some of the authors on hand for signing your copy. The Facebook event is here!
Eleven new and bizarre stories by authors: Charles Albert, David Alluisi, R.C. Allen, Jr., Michael Gray Baughan, Dale Brumfield, Meriah Crawford, Julie Geen, Dean Knight, Rebecca Snow, Sarah Vogelsong and yours truly.
I am pretty excited about my story called, “The Incident of the Park Giant”. It’s a kind of a throwback to the Manly Wade Wellman style; combining tall tale, history and horror. I hope people like it!
Also, the amazing cover is by RVA local kick ass artist James Callahan, AKA Barf Comics. A great follow-up anthology, plus we might even have some original RMs on hand for purchase too! Join us!
This Saturday, December 1st, I will be at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg, Virginia for their annual Writer’s Fest. I am very excited to be doing a workshop similar to the one I did with the Richmond Young Writers summer program. Here is a teaser of what will be happening:
That’s right! Turning every one of them into Cthulhu heads! Nah. This is a photo of my daughter that I use on the title slide of my workshop called “Look out! Behind you! Creepy places & creature creations”. It should a great time, we’ll even be touring the old building, which before it became a school, was used as a morgue during the influenza outbreak in 1918! Amazing material!
The whole day is packed with writer’s and poet’s, as well as some bonus fun with a book and bake sale. Open to the public and runs from 10AM – 7PM!
I’ll be doing a workshop with some high school students as part of their annual Writer’s Event. Saturday, December 1st at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg.
Body of Evidence
An upcoming book art project with artist Chuck Scalin, Tom DeHaven and other authors. Event will be Wednesday, December 5th at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond.
Plus Richmond Macabre II should be coming out soon!
More on these as they develop!
I don’t know how or why, but they managed to ask me to be a panelist for this year’s James River Writers Conference. I am going to do it! I have been a panelist before, with the Route One South Music Conference many moons ago, plus my job gives me the occasion to present at a few Library related gigs.
Conferences are a strange and fun breed; everyone running around with cheap swag and name tags either hobnobbing with folks they know or networking with the ones they don’t. Sometimes they network up sadly, other times great relationships develop. I’m just going to go and do my thing, so yeah, I like cheap free swag. Sure, I’m no Tom Robbins, but who cares. There are all levels of writing and authorship in the world, and I am happy to represent the underdogs. I kind of had that approach to the Music Conference when I was on the same panel as some major newspaper personalities. I was more of the counterculture vulture spinning my venom with the best of them. Held my own too! Anyway, should be interesting!
Beth and I are teaming up once again for a second volume of the awesome Richmond Macabre Series! The call for submissions has gone out and the picks have been made. Plus we have Richmond artist, James Callahan, Barf Comics doing the cover. Sketches are looking good! Stay tuned!
(photo by Beth Brown)
Richmond Macabre : Nightmares from the River City was chosen as the June book for the Richmond chapter of the Mystery Lovers Book Club. Contributors Rebecca Snow, Meriah Crawford, Dale Brumfield and myself will be joining the round table discussion of our stories as well as a Q&A about writing in general. June 12th, the location to be announced.
6 x9 inches, 300 pgs.
Publisher’s Suggested Retail Price:
$19.95 – paperback
$8.95 – electronic
Published by Iron Cauldron Books, 2011.
(Distributed by Ingram and Baker & Taylor.)
Charles Albert – Michael Gray Baughan – Beth Brown – Dale Brumfield – Phil Budahn – Meriah L. Crawford – James Ebersole – Phil Ford – Daniel P. Gibbs – Andrew Goethals – Eric Hill – Melissa Scott Sinclair – Rebecca Snow – Dawn Terrizzi – Amber Timmerman.
Edited By Beth Brown and Phil Ford.
Introduction by Harry Kollatz, Jr.
Cover by Noah Scalin / Another Limited Rebellion.
Fifteen tales of ghosts, vampires, zombies, and unnamable terrors that dare you to peer into the shadows of the River City, but you must first be certain you are prepared to glimpse the horrors that lie within.