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.

Pictures of the Necon Movie Panel

Pictures of the Necon Movie Panel

by Stacey Longo

Filmgoers Jason Harris, Nick Cato, and Matt Schwartz during the Necon movie panel.

NEHW members Michael Arruda, L.L. Soares, Nick Cato, and Jason Harris preparing for the movie panel started.

Cinema Knife Fight writers Mike Arruda and L.L. Soares.

Cinema Knife Fight writers Michael Arruda and L.L. Soares.

DVD Snapshot writer Jason Harris and CKF writer Nick Cato.

DVD Snapshot writer Jason Harris and CKF writer Nick Cato.

Writers Craig Shaw Gardner, Jason Harris, Nick Cato, and Matt Schwartz.

 

Pictures of Necon’s Authors’ Night

Pictures of Necon’s Authors’ Night

by Jason Harris

NEHW Co-chair Stacey Longo and member L.L. Soares.

The NEHW table during Necon’s Authors’ Night.

Author L.L. Soares.

Authors and NEHW members Nick Cato and K. Allen Wood at Authors’ Night.

The view in front of the NEHW table at Authors’ Night.

Authors K. Allen Wood and Stacey Longo at the NEHW table at Necon 32.

NEHW Director of Events Scott Goudsward.

Author and NEHW member Peter N. Dudar signing a copy of his book, A Requiem for Dead Flies.

Mark Angevine and F. Paul Wilson conversing during Necon’s Authors’ Night.

David Bernstein talking with author Jeff Strand during Authors’ Night.

Author and NEHW member Laura Cooney.

Author and NEHW member John McIlveen.

Artist and Illustrator Cortney Skinner listens to fellow Necon camper Mattie Brahen.

Author Lisa Mannetti tries to squeeze in-between authors Elizabeth Massie and Heather Graham.

 

More Pictures from Necon 32

More Pictures from Necon 32

by Jason Harris

Author and NEHW member Peter N. Dudar getting ready to bowl at Dudek Bowling Lanes in Warren, Rhode Island.

NEHW member Barry Dejasu watches as fellow member Jason Harris bowls. Photo by Stacey Longo.

Writer Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel with a look on her face like a deer caught in headlights. Photo by Stacey Longo.

Author Peter N. Dudar (A Requiem for Dead Flies). Photo by Stacey Longo.

Author Peter N. Dudar (A Requiem for Dead Flies). Photo by Stacey Longo.

Necon campers from left to right: Peter N. Dudar, Steve Dorato, Barbara Gardner, and Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel. Photo by Stacey Longo.

A group shot of the bowling team bookended by its two cheerleaders. Photo by Jillian Booth.

Who Was That Masked Man? panel at Necon 32. From left to right, panelists Hank Wagner, John Mcllveen, Bob Booth, and Jack Haringa.

Who Was That Masked Man? panel at Necon 32. From left to right, panelists Hank Wagner, John Mcllveen, Bob Booth, and Jack Haringa.

Pictures from the First Day of Necon 32

Pictures from the First Day of Necon 32

by Jason Harris

Friendly Neighborhood Comics

Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, MA.

The trip to the Northeastern Writers’ Conference (Necon) took a stop in Bellingham, MA. at the Friendly Neighborhood Comics. It wasn’t a stop for comic books, but a few collections of Batman comics were bought. The stop was made to meet the store’s owner, Ernie Pelletier, Jr. and to look over the store since there will be an Epitaphs signing on Saturday, Oct. 6.

A group of Necon campers waiting for a table at Scampi's.

A group of Necon campers waiting for a table at Scampi’s.

From left to right: NEHW members L.L. Soares, Peter Dudar, Christopher Irvin, and Steve Dorato. Necon camper Mark Angevine is behind Soares’ right shoulder and author Laura Clooney can almost be seen behind Dorato.

Happily fed campers.

Campers hanging out in front of Rhode Island University’s Conference Center and Hotel in Bristol, Rhode Island.

A portrait of the late Les Daniels, who died last November, done by Artist Cortney Skinner.

Part of the NEHW tables at Necon.

Another part of the NEHW table.

A group of NEHW members’ books.

Upcoming Articles

Next week, there will be a review of The Dark Knight Rises on Friday. There will also be articles about Readercon 23 and ConnectiCon and pictures from Necon 32.

The following week, there will be interview articles with Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the married couple who brought audiences Little Miss Sunshine and their new movie Ruby Sparks. There will also be an interview article with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, the stars of Ruby Sparks. There will also be a review of the movie.