Queen City Kamikaze Happens this Sunday in New Hampshire (updated)

 

By Jason Harris

 

It’s February and the third annual Queen City Kamikaze is upon us once again. It’s one bright spot during this cold and snowy month.  The one difference this year is that this anime, video game, comic book, cosplay, sci-fi, and fantasy convention takes place on a Sunday. For the past two years, it happened on Saturday.

There will be over 25 vendors at this convention including Dandelion Studios, Books & Boos, and Harrison’s Comics.

Mark Wholley, one of the Four Horsemen who founded Anthocon, Northern New England’s only multi-genre literature and arts convention, will be at QCK for his second time to promote Anthocon. He will also be selling copies of Anthology, an anthology that debuted at Anthocon. He wants to make some vendor contacts and meet some artists, Wholley said.

“I like the show because of it diverse audience it draws in, It’s local to me and I like to support other shows when I can. I enjoyed last year so I decided to attend again this year,” Wholley said.

At the Books & Boos‘ tables, there will be six authors: Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad Vaslyn, Tony Tremblay, David Price, and Gordon Bean. They are all members of the New England Horror Writers organization. These authors will be selling and signing their books. This will be Longo’s third time and Tremblay’s and Price’s second time attending the convention.

“I love this convention and meeting a younger generation of readers,” Longo said.

Along with selling new and used books, Books & Boos will be presenting two panels: Horror in the Movies (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) and Where Authors Get Their Ideas (4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

Horror In The Movies: authors Gordon Bean (Dawn of Broken Glass), David Price (Dead in the USA), Stacey Longo (Secret Things), and moderator Jason Harris will discuss the best and worst, darkest and most disturbing, scariest and silliest examples of horror on the big screen on the Horror in the Movies panel. From the golden age of Nosferatu to the modern-day Conjuring, this panel will cover it all. Questions from the audience are encouraged throughout the discussion.

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas? Authors Dale Phillips (Shadow of the Wendigo), Vlad Vaslyn (Brachman’s Underworld), David Price (Dead in the USA), and moderator Stacey Longo (Secret Things) will answer the number one question writers hear from their readers: How do you come up with this stuff? From disturbing first dates to summer camp adventures gone awry, audiences will learn how the most innocent of memories and experiences can be turned into scary stories and best sellers. Questions from the audience will be encouraged throughout the discussion.

There is a third panel: How to Create, Publish, and Promote Your Own Comic, which will happen during the convention, but isn’t sponsored by Books and Boos.

The Queen City Kamikaze takes place at 1 Crusader Way in Manchester, New Hampshire from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16. There is a $10 admission price.

Editor’s Note:
Author David Price won’t be able to attend the convention. A family issue came up.

Pictures from Rock and Shock 2013

By Jason Harris

Another Rock & Shock has come and gone, the 10th one to be exact. It was another good one with even more vendors this year. The one thing that was lacking was attendees in costume. There just wasn’t a lot of people in costume. Here are pictures from the event.

Lew Temple from The Walking Dead.

Lew Temple from The Walking Dead.

From right to left: authors Robert Duperre, Kurt Newton, and Stacey Longo at the Sideshow Press and Shock Totem tables.

From right to left: authors Robert Duperre, Kurt Newton, and Stacey Longo at the Sideshow Press and Shock Totem tables.

Dark Man and Elvira.

Dark Man and Elvira.

Robert Patrick from Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

Robert Patrick from Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

Author Joe Knetter at the Writer's Studio panel.

Author Joe Knetter at the Writer’s Studio panel.

The Morbid Vision Films table.

The Morbid Vision Films table.

Sharknado director Andrew C. Ferrante.

Sharknado director Andrew C. Ferrante.

Actor Joey Kern (Cabin Fever).

Actor Joey Kern (Cabin Fever).

Musician and actor Dee Snider.

Musician and actor Dee Snider.

Author K. Allen Wood and artist Jessie Young behind the Shock Totem table.

Author K. Allen Wood and artist Jessie Young behind the Shock Totem table.

Actor Jason Mewes.

Actor Jason Mewes (Clerks).

Items on the Morbid Vision Films table.

Items on the Morbid Vision Films table.

TL Smokeshop.

TL Smokeshop.

Jennifer Jostyn (The Brothers McMullen).

Jennifer Jostyn (The Brothers McMullen).

Actor Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) with two fans.

Actor Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) with two fans.

Author Gordon Bean holding his book, Dawn of Broken Glass, at the New England Horror Writers booth.

Author Gordon Bean holding his book, Dawn of Broken Glass, at the New England Horror Writers booth.

Authors Scott Goudsward, Joe Knetter, Jack Ketchum, Jack Haringa, and Bracken MacLeod on the Writer's Studio panel.

Authors Scott Goudsward, Joe Knetter, Jack Ketchum, Jack Haringa, and Bracken MacLeod on the Writer’s Studio panel.

Actor Jordan Ladd (Cabin Fever).

Actor Jordan Ladd (Cabin Fever).

Actors Gunnar Hanson, Tony Moran, Robert Englund, and Kane Hodder on the 40 Years of Our Worst Nightmares panel.

Actors Gunnar Hanson, Tony Moran, Robert Englund, and Kane Hodder on the 40 Years of Our Worst Nightmares panel.

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Actor Brian O'Halloran (Clerks 2).

Actor Brian O’Halloran (Clerks 2).

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Items on the TL Smokeshop table.

Items on the TL Smokeshop table.

Books on the Sideshow Press table.

Books on the Sideshow Press table.

Debut Novel is One of Revenge

by Stacey Longo

Dawn of Broken GlassGordon Anthony Bean’s debut novel, Dawn of Broken Glass, is a story of revenge, conceived by World War II Kristallnacht survivor Michael Carson and largely executed by his grandson, Ryan. Michael’s revenge is focused on the ancestors of the soldiers who mercilessly slaughtered Michael’s family.

The story opens by setting up the scene that results in Michael’s unwavering desire for vengeance. The scenario is gruesome, and Michael comes off as unlikable and warped. Ryan, too, seems motivated to carry out his grandfather’s plot mostly out of spineless fear, which makes him unlikable as well. Stick with it, though: once the soldiers’ living family members are collected and sent into a twisted, trap-filled labyrinth, that’s when the fun begins.

The maze is full of all sorts of ghoulish delights, from killer rats to tunnels wrapped in barbed wire. Each turn reveals a new horror, and our hapless victims work hard to try and escape. On top of the pitfalls that each tunnel offers, there’s also a monster stalking them, and a true baddie—Michael Carson’s assistant, Jason Froemmer—intent on making sure nobody makes it out alive.

As the story moves on, Ryan is fleshed out more, and the reader finds that he’s not such a bad guy, after all. He makes his way into the labyrinth to try and help some of his grandfather’s helpless quarry, and manages to redeem himself amid the chaos. The golem, which Ryan might possibly be able to control, yet doesn’t, is a satisfying recapturing of a centuries-old monster myth. And one of the descendants of the soldiers embodies all that was terrible about the Holocaust. You’ll be rooting for most of the participants to survive, but Paul Kaufmann, a racist and disgusting human being, will be the one you kind of hope doesn’t make it.

Dawn of Broken Glass offers a glimpse at the true ugliness of revenge and human nature. But it also offers hope: for survival, for redemption, and for faith in the kindness of strangers.

Author Talks about First Novel and Writing

 

By Jason Harris

Dawn of Broken GlassGordon Anthony Bean recently published his first novel, Dawn of Broken Glass. It was released in June.

He has written two other novels, but shelved them since they didn’t feel right to him. He plans to revisit them at a future date.

Dawn of Broken Glass felt like a great story with fully developed [and] believable characters that the reader could identify with, so I decided this was the book I wanted to publish first,” Bean said.

Dawn of Broken Glass tells the story of Michael Carson, who witnesses the brutal and senseless slaughter of his family during Kristallnacht in the early days of World War II. The loss of his family has left him with deep emotional scars, and feelings of anger and hatred which become all-consuming to the young man. Years later, he seeks his revenge. Along with the mysterious Jason Froemmer, Carson begins a mission to eradicate the bloodlines of each soldier who partook in his family’s slaughter so many years earlier.

Bean wrote it over eighteen months. He spent the better part of a year doing multiple revisions on plot, characters, and writing style.

Bean is working on Bloodlines, a sequel to his first published short story, “From a Whisper to a Dream.” This story was published in the anthology, Sinister Landscapes, published by Pixie Dust Press. He does have a second short story, “Out of the Corner of His Eye,” in the Grinning Skull Press anthology, From Beyond the Grave.

“One interesting tidbit about my writing is that the stories are all interconnected. In my second novel, there will be an appearance of a central character from Dawn of Broken Glass. Basically, I’m creating a wholly contained universe where all my stories take place on the same earth,” Bean said.

His primary career is in finance, but he wants it to be writing.

“I’m trying to get my writing career to take off and hopefully be able to one day devote myself to it full-time.”

He has been writing his entire life. “In elementary school, I had a short story published in our school’s spring journal. In high school, my creative writing teacher told me that of all the students she ever had, she felt that I was best suited to be a writer.”

He belongs to the New England Horror Writers organization. He hopes to get exposure for his writing through the NEHW. This is what he hopes would happen with belonging to any writer’s organization.

“What I hope the NEHW or any other group would be able to do is help give exposure to this novel and future novels,” Bean said.

Bean has received good writing advice in his life, he said.

“The best I remember getting was to write for myself. Like most writers, I love to write. I am a huge horror fan and if I can leave a lasting imprint on a reader through my work, it’s all worthwhile.”

Besides writing, he enjoys reading. Michael Moorcock and Robert Heinlein were two early favorites and Clive Barker, who he loved when he was a teenager. He reads Christopher Golden, Brian Lumley, F. Paul Wilson, Joe Lansdale, Edward Lee, Jonathan Maberry, Dan Simmons, Richard Matheson, Douglas Preston & Lee Child now. His tastes vary, he said.