Guest of Dishonorable Intentions

We have returned from Contraception Kansas City, and just save all the cracks because I've heard them all. It was a lovely time, and I enjoyed getting to meet new people. Sales were pretty good for a small show, though I seriously overplanned the coffee - I've never seen a crew drink so little coffee as this one! On the other hand, the leftovers will be very tasty for the next, um, three months.

We sold out of our room, an arrangement I find I like more and more as time goes on. It's like running a low-key room party for 48 hours straight. I did bad tarot readings to amuse passers-by and sang to myself when I was alone, which wasn't often. I talked shop with some pros, watched Selina Rosen do an Elvis act (must be seen to be believed), and enjoyed the hell out of the Vegas theme.

Apparently one of the traditions for this show is to decorate your door, and so I threw together a sort of Vegas-crime scene thing, with a glittery door curtain, crime-scene tape, creepy fabric and my traditional string of skulls. To my utter shock, we won second place. Squee!

My pick for best hall costume was the man in armor with blue skin: a Norse of a different color. It's always nice to meet new folks, and there were a lot of readers there. One reader bought THE COLD ONES on Friday and read it right away (it's short, yanno) and on Saturday came back to tell me what she thought. She was the first reader to get the double meaning and subtext behind the title; or, at least, the first to communicate it to me.

At any rate, I have clearance now to announce something that's been in the works for a while. I kept it quiet, because they say you shouldn't speak publicly about things that aren't signed on paper. But since it was on the back of the program booklet, it's pretty damn public now.

I will be the guest of honor at Contraception 22, taking place Nov. 12-14 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence, Mo. (suburb of Kansas City).

I've never been a guest of honor before, and I am really flattered to be asked. They've even chosen a theme with my work in mind: Creatures of the Night. I don't know if they were specifically referencing the house band at Nocturnal Urges or just general spooky shit, but if I don't see some NU cosplaying I am going to kick some ass. :)

Seriously, denizens: if you have any possible means of doing so, please consider attending Contraception next year. Nothing would make me happier than to see the halls full of my dear readers. Needless to say the Literary Underworld will have a strong presence at the show. And since they have a vaudeville show on Saturday night, I am wide open for suggestions on an act relating to any of my creepy stuff. Zombies? Vampires? Ghosts? Who's got an idea?

Thanks to the crew at Contra for a great time this year, and I'm looking forward to wreaking more havoc next year. It's going to be a screaming good time!

EDIT: And thanks to Rick Silva for forwarding THIS to me. Hee!


  1. Anonymous11:41 PM

    Whoa! I never get to attend this con because it is the weekend of my son's birthday, but if they are moving it up a weekend, I might actually get to go next year!!

  2. Oh my! I may have to go next year!!
    Hmmm... I've been wanting to do a vaudeville act there for years...

  3. Anonymous6:06 AM

    Oh man! It's not quite the jaunt down the road that it used to be, but I may have to figure out how to get myself there anyway!

  4. Anonymous8:18 AM

    Contraception. In Kansas City. It'll be a new experience for me, and I'll already be traveling a lot next year, but I'll see what I can do. :)


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