Craziness, cosplay and creativity at Queen City Kamikaze Con!

21 Feb

Talk about talent! Alyssa Trinidad of Manchester, NH, left, agreed to let me have my photo taken with her at the Kamikaze Anime and Video Game Convention. Her zombie make-up is amazing…it’s no surprise her dream is to become a professional effects artist. As well she should.

Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole and The New England Horror Writers had a blast up at the Queen City Kamikaze Anime and Video Game Convention at Manchester Memorial High School Saturday, February 18, in Manchester, NH. While none of us participated in cosplay, there was certainly plenty of it around (and lots of teenagers hopped up on sugar). We had a great time, and I think most of us agreed: man, we wish we’d had something like this in high school. 

If you’d like to see a slideshow, photos, and video clips of both the New England Horror Writers’ panels–Women in Horror and Trends in Horror: From Apocalypse to Zombies, you can check it all out on the Kristi Petersen Schoonover website here: http://wp.me/pIXRs-1fG

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Get horrified, play old Atari at the Queen City Kamikaze Anime & Video Game Convention this weekend!

17 Feb

Nathan and I will be at the New England Horror Writers table at the Queen City Kamikaze Anime & Gaming Convention this Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Manchester Memorial High School in Manchester, New Hampshire.

There are lots of interesting activities slated throughout the day; according to an interview with the presenters I heard recently on the Sci-Fi Saturday Night podcast, there will be television screens playing movies (rumor is the NEHW table will have horror movies running all day nearby), gaming consoles available for play (there’s going to be an attempt at beating Jimmy Fallon’s 9 consoles in under a minute record –although someone named Ryan Sullivan logged in at 13: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399510,00.asp), music, and other interactive areas.

New England Horror Writers will also be presenting two panels: “Women in Horror,” which will start at 4 p.m. and be moderated by writer Stacey Longo. Panelists will be me and writers Tracy Carbone and Alyn Day. At 4:50 p.m., Jason Harris will moderate “From the Apocalypse to Zombies: Where’s Horror Heading?” Panelists will be writers K. Allen Wood, Rob Watts, Stacey Longo, and occult specialist Nathan Schoonover.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of my NEHW peeps again—there’s always a bit of a break once Anthocon, in November, ends, usually until late winter or early spring. This is going to be a great weekend, so please join us!

For everything you need to know about Kamikaze Con, visit here: http://queencitykamikaze.com/

As a bonus, Sci-Fi Saturday Night podcast talks with the convention’s organizers on TalkCast 120. Give it a listen by clicking the link here: http://www.scifisaturdaynight.com/?p=5534

I’LL BE AT QUEEN CITY KAMIKAZE CONVENTION WITH NEW ENGLAND HORROR WRITERS IN MANCHESTER, NH, FEB. 18

7 Feb

I’ll be at the Queen City Kamikaze Convention inManchester, New Hampshire, Saturday, February 18, with the New England Horror Writers.

Queen City Kamikaze is a one-day mash-up for fans of comics, anime, video games, music, and more; they are expanding each year. The day includes table-top gaming, live music, video games and video game tournaments, and more (including, of course, vendors). Admission is $10 for the day.

The convention will be held at Manchester Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Manchester, New Hampshire from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. A list of guests, events, and other information is at the Queen City Kamikaze website, http://queencitykamikaze.com/

HOW COOL IS THIS READER PHOTO? TOYS FOR TOTS HORROR STYLE WINNER HOOKS UP SKELETONS AND THE HITCHHIKING GHOSTS!

23 Jan

Paul Cardullo, of Knightdale, North Carolina, was the winner of Toys for Tots ~ Horror Style 2011! To enter, contestants donated to Toys for Tots and took photos of themselves doing it–the prize, selected by random drawing, was a horror library donated by several authors. Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World was part of that library, and here’s Paul, on his porch, showing us that hey…those hitchhiking ghosts might have something following them home. Thanks for sending this in, Paul!

To see other readers who’ve sent in their pix, visit here: https://haunteddisneytales.com/share/

DID YOU MISS PARANORMAL EH?’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW? GRAB A BEER AND LISTEN HERE!

22 Jan

It’s hard to believe a whole year has passed since Paranormal, Eh? made its debut. What’s really odd is I remember the debut episode—I listened to Episodes 1 and 2, in fact, from my apartment inProvincetownat the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony. It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year, and I’m honored Terry asked me to be on the show with the gang from Our Haunted Lives and some special guests like Occult Specialist Nathan Schoonover, and we talk about the Amityville Horror, hauntings, and more! Plus, hear what’s been up on clips from his best shows and what’s coming up for 2012 on this special show!

You can listen to the anniversary show right on Paranormal, Eh? Radio here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2012/01/16/on-year-anniversary-show.mp3

SKELETONS SWINGS BY SCI-FI SATURDAY NIGHT!

7 Jan

Sci-Fi Saturday Night wrote a great review of Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World, noting “It is very cool to read horror fiction that gives you something that you can work with as a reader. These stories don’t just beat you over the head with a bloody arm, instead they hold that arm out to shake your hand.”[1] As if that weren’t enough, I had a blast on their December 17 show, getting a chance for the first time to talk about the impetus behind each story. Did you miss it? No worries…you can listen to the archive right here: http://www.scifisaturdaynight.com/?p=5209

Oh, and a caveat: I was shopping for Nathan for Christmas and bought a few things for him under their “Geeky Gift Ideas” section, so if you’re a fellow Sci-Fi Geek, check out some of those links!

 


[1] The Dome, “Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole by Kristi Petersen Schoonover,” Sci-Fi Saturday Night, December 13, 2011, http://www.scifisaturdaynight.com/?p=5074

 

 

WHO GOT PARANORMAL EH?’s COVETED ZOMBIE BEAVER AWARDS THIS YEAR…AND A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

29 Dec

I had fun with new friends and old last month when Paranormal, Eh? radio out of Canada announced the winners of its coveted Zombie Beaver End of the Year Awards for 2011.

I was invited to call in, have a few laughs, hear about the great things coming up for friends like Frank Todaro of The Invisible World and Nicole and Angel of CT Soul Seekers…and make a very special announcement about what’s on my horizon for next year!

You can listen to the show, hear the winners (and a few jokes about the October snowstorm and blackout), and my special announcement—right here: http://wp.me/pIXRs-18L

STUFF A SCARE IN YOUR STOCKING!

22 Dec

Canada’s Paranormal Eh? radio’s gifts to fans: a reading of my brand-new as-yet unreleased apocalyptic horror story—perfect for heading into 2012; Nathan talked about the Krampus, and Nicole and Angel of CT Soul Seekers shared some holiday humor. Want these treats stuffing your stocking? You can listen for free here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormaleh/2011/12/12/a-very-paranormal-eh-christmas

BAD APPLE (S), TAROT AND MORE ON P.M. LITES

18 Dec

I was a guest on ParaRock TV’s P.M. Lites with Dawn Short on Monday, and we had a great time covering a wide range of topics—plans for my upcoming horror novel, Bad Apple, due out in 2012 and the New England Horror Writers Association; on a paranormal note, the joys of being a sensitive, Tarot card trials and much, much more! You can listen/watch it here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/19113195

LIKE SCI-FI? DON’T MISS SCI-FI SATURDAY NIGHT THIS WEEK!

14 Dec

I’m honored to announce I’ll be on Sci-Fi Saturday Night on Thursday, December 15 (live streaming) at 8 p.m. and Saturday, 12/17/11, to talk about Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World and some sci-fi with the whole gang: The Dome, Kriana, Illustrator X, AwakebyJava, The Dead Redhead, Zombrarian and Dru Silla!

Sci-Fi Saturday Night—the Official Podcast of the Boston Comic Con—is a lively, popular podcast that covers all things Sci-Fi—from films and features to books and art, you won’t want to miss it. Past guests include authors Harlan Ellison, Ben Bova, Spider Robinson, Tracy Hickman and Christopher Golden; Wizard World founder/CEO Gareb Shamus; actors Amber Benson, Mark Metcalf, Adam West and Doug Jones; physicist Stanton Friedman; plus editors, musicians, game designers and more (in fact, Lance Henriksen was just on last week! Cool!)

Check out the show here: http://www.scifisaturdaynight.com – visit Thursday, 12/15 at 8 p.m. to listen live!

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