Friday, October 23, 2009

Time Well Spent

I would have to say Nashville Comic and Horror Fest 2009 was a success. Several people picked up a copy of Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead, I had a chance to watch roller derby and see old friends.

The show kicked off Saturday morning with a good vibe and good people. It didn't seem like a lot of folks were there to buy stuff, as much as they were to look around and see what was going on. This gave many of the guest a chance to do the same. Many of us talk (or bought stuff we didn't need) and even made a few new friends.

Saturday night included Nashville Rollergirls action. This was my first live derby bout experience. I have watched a lot of stuff on the internet and I loved the old Roller Jam show, but now I have a better understanding and maybe even a new obsession. I'm very excited to see more live derby and the Ellen Page, Drew Berrymore movie, Whip It. I wanted to see the movie based on the people involved, but now I can't wait. I may even find a way to work my love of derby into a story or two.

Another great part of this trip was that I got to see good friends like Justin Brock Jones, Joel Robinson, Brian O'Halloran, Jason Craig, and Robert Freese. I have posted several new picture of the trip on my MySpace page, including several folks with their copy of Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead.

I also had the chance to meet Bryan Smith and have him sign my copy of Depraved. He was a very nice guy and I look forward to reading more of his work. I just hope he enjoys his copy of the Anthology he got.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something awesome that happened, but I will do my best to keep everyone posted on future signings and events. For now, it is time to get ready for Nation Novel Writers Month.

NaNoWriMo is where authors and writers from all over the globe agree to try to finish one novel during the month of November. All authors have from the 1st to the 30th of the month to write as much as possible, and hopefully finish a book. I am already signed up and almost ready to go...wish me luck!!!

- Travis

Monday, October 12, 2009

Season of the Witch

As we fall into the Halloween season many people are watching a lot of horror films. I have added a list of my top ten Halloween/Horror movies, but I had to drop one to make room for Trick r' Treat. I'm sure this movie will move up my list with each time I watch it.

Writer/Director Michael Daugherty has created a timeless film, about the traditions of my favorite holiday. This movie flows much like reading a stack of old Tales from the Crypt comics, with a few modern twists. There is zero doubt in my mind that Trick r' Treat will become a staple Halloween movie for most people who watch it. I know it will for me.

Fear comes in more than one package. Aside from costumes, candy, jack o lanterns, candles and scary movies spooktacular terror also includes reading a nightmare inducing novel or story. Some of these stories as are old as campfire tales, but others are an innovation of fright. No matter what ghouls or bad guys get your ghost, this is the perfect time of year for a dark and twisted tale.

Here is another top ten list. It may come as a surprise to some folks, but I don't really read a lot of horror fiction. I don't really want other people's ideas running around on my head and I find life to be more scary than monsters in a book, but there are still a few I consider great ghastly reads. This is just ten of them.

My Top Ten Hollowreads!!!

1 Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead
2 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
3 Call of Cthulhu and other stories by H.P. Lovecraft
4 The Silence of The Lambs by Thomas Harris
5 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
6 The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
7 Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
8 Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates
9 Dark Delicacies Edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb
10 Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz


- Travis

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nashville Comic and Horror Fest 2009

I will be a guest at the Nashville Comic and Horror Festival, with other Anthology of the Living Dead contributors Robert Freese, Justin Brock-Jones and Joe Moe. This show also features guest like Joel Robinson(Vincent Price Presents, Eclectic Collection Cover Artist), Jason Craig (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash), Brian O'Halleron(cLeRks), Chris Claremont (Wolverine, X-Men) and Eric Powell (The Goon).

The show will take place on October 17th and 18th. Admission is only $10 a day, but you can save $2 admission by bringing three canned goods for the Nashville Rescue Mission. This is a great chance to have fun and help a good cause.

There will also be a silent auction on Sunday that will feature a copy of Forrest J Ackerman's Anthology of the Living Dead signed by several of the contributors.

While you are at the show, stop by the my table and pick up your copy of the book (have it signed), then go to the Anthology of the Living Dead Facebook fan page to post your picture with it. For every fan the post their picture with the book, we are donating $1 to the Childrens Miracle Network.

Buy a great zombie collection, post your picture and help a Monster Kid!

See you in Nashville!!!

- Travis