Vodoo Monkey

I met Robert Crais this weekend and it was better than I could have even dreamed. Not only did I get to shake his hand and gush dorky fanboy sentiments and get my book signed, thanks to the generously well-connected Jordan family I was able to have lunch with “Bob.” He is a wonderful charming, and funny fan and I had the absolute best time of my life. So thanks to everyone who helped make that happen.

In addition to the boxload of books that Jon gave me before I left, I also made some neat purchases at Mystery One. Top of the list is of course an autographed copy of Neil Smith’s THE DRUMMER. A close second would be a copy of Jon Jackson first novel about Detroit detective Fang Mulheisen. But this edition is one of the few Dennis McMillan pbacks that had a cool graphic cover that looked like grafitti. I also bought the first Dresden book by Jim Butcher and the first Rawhead book by David Bowker.

I also got to hook up with Christin Kuretich and she was pretty cool too.

Now I’m back to the real world and I have to go back to work, but I have plenty to keep me busy. I’m going to attempt a horror short story for the first time (if you don’t count the story I wrote in high school about gladiator cockroaches that killed unlucky exterminators) and I want to read up on what the genre has to offer these days online. With the novel contest done I’m still picking away at the urban exploration novel, but I’m craving to write short stories as well. I’d probably keep writing crime stories, but I’ve pretty much saturated that market and I’m looking to explore new horizon and all that BS anyway.

Does anyone out there have experience writing or publishing horror stories? Any tips?