This time next week Maryelizabeth and I will be back in San Jose, CA, where I went to college, for the World Fantasy Convention. This is the best convention of the year, as far as I'm concerned. It's intentionally kept to small, intimate numbers (as opposed to, say, Comic-Con's 125,000 or so close friends). When I started going, way way in ancient times, it was limited to 750 attendees. Now I think it's 1,000. It has one of the highest pro/fan ratios of any convention out there. It's where my agent has his annual, black tie family dinner at a very good restaurant. So I'm looking forward to it.
Should you also be attending (attending memberships are sold out, so if you're not already signed up you're out of luck) here are some places you'll be able to find me.
Friday, Oct. 30, there's a mass autographing session. I'll be participating in that.
Saturday, Oct. 31--Halloween, to you--there's a launch party for the anthology Hellbound Hearts, in which my story "Santos del Infierno" appears. It's in suite 2014/2015 of the Fairmont Hotel, which is where the convention's being held. Also at the party will be the book's editors, Paul Kane and Marie O'Regan, and contributors Chaz Brenchley, Simon Clark, Stephen Jones and Sarah Pinborough.
Sunday, Nov. 1, at 11:00 am, I'm on a panel entitled "The Weird, Weird West" in the Gold Room. Immediately after that panel I'll be racing to the airport, so stay off the roads!