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Normally, I wouldn’t consider working the weekend as a guest speaker and panelist at a major science fiction convention to be the RELAXING part of the tour, but it was great just to stay in one place for a couple of days, unpack my suitcase, sleep in the same bed. On Saturday I had a worldbuilding panel with Ken Scholes, Brenda Carr, and Stephen Gillette, an autographing, a panel on Sail to Success, Superstars, and other high-end writers workshops with Arc Manor publisher Shahid Mahmud, Nancy Kress, and Jack Skellingstad, a panel on marketing for people who don’t like marketing.
Moving from city to city, day to day. The schedule is so tight I didn’t have time to do a blog the last couple of nights, though I did download and post some photos on Facebook (If you want to check out the regular updates, please join my Facebook page.)
March 27, the second day of my HELLHOLE AWAKENING book tour, was my birthday, and I celebrated it in Dallas with a terrific signing at a Barnes & Noble. I flew in from San Diego, then arranged to meet some friends as well as a large group of 501st Legion members for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory adjacent to the bookstore. Total of 27 people at the dinner—which included cards and a North Texas Squad t-shirt and patch, and a cheesecake with candles, before the group rushed over to the back room of the store to suit up for the talk.
So I flew out of Denver this morning and arrived in San Diego (after a three hour delay at two airports), nearly finished inputting all the changes to The Dark Between the Stars manuscript from all the test readers.
Three blows, each one harder than the last.
Wednesday I learned that prolific and popular horror writer James Herbert died. He had a great influence on the genre, with his huge mass-market hits The Rats, Fluke, The Fog, Lair. Critics might have thought he wrote garish horror; he had the last laugh when he received the Order of the British Empire as well as the Grand Master Award at the World Horror Convention. Alas, I never met him.
Then on Friday, within an hour, I learned of the loss of two more, much closer friends.
Here’s the official press release of a major new project:
Gestalt Comics are pleased to announce a major new science fiction comic series, STALAG-X, a candid tale of human soldiers struggling to survive in an alien concentration camp.
Yes, he is a “well preserved” zombie detective, and handsome in his own way.
Romantic Times just posted a terrific review of Dan Shamble #3, HAIR RAISING:
This could be a disaster!
We’ve produced colorful and cool sticky-notes for HELLHOLE AWAKENING, and we’d like to give you a pack *free*. Just send a self-addressed business envelope (at least 4 x 8.5″) with 46¢ postage to AnderZone, PO Box 767, Monument CO 80132.
A week from tomorrow, Hellhole Awakening hits US bookstores, and Brian and I launch our book-signing tour.
Please stop by to see us at one of our stops on the tour. We’ll be hitting nine cities total—