Return from New York

June 10th, 2004 • Posted in News |

I’ve just arrived back from the Stoker Awards in New York. What a great city! ‘Buzzing’ is a word that does little to emphasise just how alive that city is. The city that never sleeps is the correct name (and indeed, at 3:00 in the morning with sirens screaming by and cars screeching along streets, I wanted to rename it The City that Never Lets Anyone Sleep).

The weekend went by in a haze of conversations. I caught up with a lot of old friends there, and made a lot of new ones, and as is so often the case the best business was done at 2:00 in the morning, drunk, at some party or other.

Highlights included meeting Chris Golden and Jim Moore, and having many long, probably illegal chats; meeting Mike Mignola briefly before the Award Ceremony; being introduced to the Leisure crowd and shown around their offices; lunch with the wonderful Don D’Auria and the lovely Leah from Leisure; lots of good Jameson’s whiskey on the Saturday evening; meeting the delightful and remarkable Monteleones; meeting Rich SanFilippo, spending Sunday afternoon wandering around Greenwich Village, and passing my final couple of hours in the Big Apple having a few beers.

Low points …? Well, coming home and not being able to sleep for two days flat, and coming back to work.

But … it was a fantastic weekend. The Horror Writers’ Assiciation is thriving, and this weekend was probably one of the best Stoker Conferences on record (thanks in no small part to Monica O’Rourke).


Yesterday I received my copies of ‘Dead Man’s Hand’ in the post. This is my new horror western novella from Necessary Evil Press. It’s a gorgeous book, the best chapbook I’ve ever seen, and I’m absolutely thrilled! A big thanks to Don Koish for making this such a special book. If you want one they’re close to selling out from the publisher, so check with the usual dealers to see if they have any copies left.

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