Surviving Killercon 4

Over the weekend, I attended Killercon 4 at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas.  Not only did the conference offer an amazing list of honored guests, author and editor panels, and readings from many established authors in the horror genre, it was an opportunity for me to meet a lot of great people and make some new friends.

The amount of talent was never in short supply. Among the guests of honor were Jack Ketchum, William F. Nolan, F. Paul Wilson, Brian Keene, Don D’Auria, Mignon Fogarty, and Kelley Armstrong. Other guests included John Skipp, Edward Lee, and, of course, convention organizer, Wrath James White. I had the chance to speak with most of them, and I’ve got to say, they were some of the friendliest people I have ever met.

I have to thank everyone that was there, though, for making this the best first horror convention. The horror writing community is full of some of the coolest, supportive artists I have ever met.

On Friday night, I participated in my first erotic horror flash fiction contest, in which I read a story written only the night before. Though my story went over the allowed time, and I didn’t place, I received some awesome feedback from many of the other writers. Overall, the experience was fun, and I can’t wait to do it again.

The Shock Totem team was there, too, and it was the first time I had ever met most of them. So, I have to give a special shout out to all of them: Ken, Sarah, Nick, John, and Mercedes. Thanks for making me feel welcome in your group. 🙂

What a great weekend! There are more pictures out there somewhere. When I find out who has them, I’ll post some of the good ones.

Cheers to Fears,

M. R. C.

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