Pictures from Queen City Kamikaze 2013

Pictures from Queen City Kamikaze 2013

By Jason Harris and Susan Saunders

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A section of the NEHW table at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Stacey Longo and a convention attendee. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Stacey Longo and a convention attendee. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author T.T. Zuma talks with a visitor to the table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author T.T. Zuma talks with a visitor to the table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Cosplay in action. Photo by Jason.

Cosplay in action. Photo by Jason.

NEHW members hanging out behind the table. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW members and friends hanging out behind the table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Bill Rockwell with a zombie. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Bill Rockwell with a zombie. Photo by Jason Harris.

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The Horror in the Movies panel at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Susan Saunders.

Photo by Jason Harris.

The crowds at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author T.T. Zuma signing a copy of his book for a fan. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author T.T. Zuma signing a copy of his book for a fan. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Vampires in Literature and the Movies from Nosferatu to Edward Cullen panel at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Vampires in Literature and the Movies from Nosferatu to Edward Cullen panel at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW member Rick Silva, of Dandelion Studios. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW member Rick Silva, of Dandelion Studios. Photo by Jason Harris.

The new NEHW t-shirt. Photo by Jason Harris.

The new NEHW t-shirt. Photo by Jason Harris.

Loki and author Stacey Longo. Photo by Jason Harris.

Loki and author Stacey Longo. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW members having a good time at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW members having a good time at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

The fourth NEHW table at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

The fourth NEHW table at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

Books and a Cthulhu on the NEHW table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Books and a Cthulhu on the NEHW table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Cube-thul and pillows shaped like blood stains. Photo by Jason Harris.

Cube-thulhus and pillows shaped like blood stains. Photo by Jason Harris.

More Pictures from Rhode Island Comic Con

More Pictures from Rhode Island Comic Con

by Jason Harris

NEHW member Rick Silva at his Dandelion Studios table at Rhode Island Comic Con.

Author Stacey Longo behind the NEHW table, which had a different set-up on Sunday.

Author Rob Watts with Psylocke.

Actors Felix Silla and Gil Gerard at the Buck Rogers panel.

Gil Gerard

 

Hanging Out with Horror Writers

Since there has been a number of entries this week with pictures from Necon, I thought it would be nice to read an author’s blog entry written while they attended Necon 32. Author and Co-Chair of the NEHW Stacey Longo wrote such a blog. Author Jeff Strand (Pressure) even stopped by and commented on her blog.

Please enjoy this author’s current blog entry.

Hanging Out with Horror Writers

by Stacey Longo

I’m writing this in my hotel room at NECON, the Northeastern Writers’ Conference. I have to admit, it can be a little intimidating walking in to a conference center filled with some of the sickest, most twisted minds that horror has to offer, but I like to come prepared. Before I come to one of these events, I write up a list of fun topics and conversation starters in case I find myself face-to-face with F. Paul Wilson and can’t interest him in the pictures of the time I met Duran Duran. Here was my list for this year:
1. Brush up on your serial killers. Many writers base their novels on real-life events, and find this subject fascinating. I found myself on the first day sitting next to Dallas Mayr (Jack Ketchum) and was able to successfully entertain him with tales of a serial cannibal I once knew. These kinds of sure-fire conversation starters are key to any horror convention.
2. Pick a side: Lovecraft or Poe? You just can’t be ambivalent about this topic. If you’re going to go to a convention of writers, you’d better love one and hate the other, and be able to defend your side vehemently. Otherwise, Darryl Schweitzer will peg you as an imposter faster than you can say “Cthulhu.”
3. Watch as many obscure scary movies as possible before attending. The only thing horror writers like more than a creepy story is a scary movie. There also seems to be a tendency among this group to find the most ambiguous film ever made and make you feel like a giant lump of stupid if you haven’t seen it. Heard today over lunch: “You haven’t seen When Hell Comes to Frog Town? It’s only Rowdy Roddy Piper’s best cinematic performance of his career. I’m sorry, I can no longer continue speaking to you, you giant lump of stupid.”
4. Be prepared to have your favorite Stephen King novel completely skewered. Another popular activity for horror writers: espousing on why Stephen King is a hack. You thought The Stand was fabulous? Blind meadow voles could sniff out a better novel. Did you find Bag of Bones entertaining? You are an incompetent boor who should be eaten alive by blind meadow voles. Why on earth would you be so foolish to think that the most popular author on the planet could actually write a good story? (I suspect this is such a favorite activity among horror writers because they might be a tad jealous. However, this has not prevented me from trashing Under the Dome in select circles.) There you have it: a primer on blending in among horror’s literary elite. I would write some more tips, but I am currently being dragged outside and tied to a stake so that I can be eaten alive by blind meadow voles.

Moments after admitting that I kind of liked Stephen King’s Insomnia, I realize I’m a dead woman.