With the HWA at New York Comic Con 2015

I had a chance to work at the HWA booth at NYCC 2015. The best part about it was sharing the HWA’s mission to readers of books and dark fiction among the hundreds of thousands of people at the Javitz Center ! I got to hear what kinds of books and stories readers are excited about and let them know what the HWA is doing. Things like Stoker Con, the Bram Stoker awards, the Mentor Program and more. My mentee Jason Sileo was there talking horror and recruiting for the HWA. I spoke to a lot of aspiring writers and even some luminaries. Legendary editor Ellen Datlow was there for three days signing her many books and giving away free copies of The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven. I’ve been lucky enough to meet Ellen over the years at her Fantastic Fiction reading series but I am always excited to see her and learn from her. It was so great to see hundreds of excited readers have a great gateway into the best horror out there by being introduced to Ellen’s books. Jonathan Lees worked the podium like a soldier and recruited interested people both cosplayer and civilians alike for the HWA. Yes there were people wearing dresses made of comics. And my favorites Fury Road Furiosa cosplayers ! And everyone was excited to be there. Excited about pop culture ! Excited about this mad crazy art and creators who converged in NYC ! I’m grateful I got to be a small part of it. Trevor Firetog, Patrick Frievold and James Chambers worked their asses off promoting horror and answering questions from all who asked. They tirelessly promoted the books of HWA members and autographed quite a few of their books too ! It really was great spending time with them. Thanks HWA ! Thanks NYCC ! And thanks to NYC ! My daily writing sessions have been that much more motivated by you and your enthusiasm !

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