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Texas Frightmare 2016 – Went There, Did That


Wow, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted here, huh? It might be time to brush the dust off this bad boy. Kick the tires and light the fires, as it were.

Please note that this isn’t so much a review as it is me telling you what an awesome time I had and sharing so pics with you. I’m not a writer, I’m just a fangirl with a blog who loves this con a lot.

The 11th Texas Frightmare Weekend happened April 29 – May 1 and I was fortunate enough to get to attend. This was my fifth year there (woo!) and it was GLORIOUS! It’s really the only vacation I get to take, so it means making the absolute most of my time there.

First and foremost, it is vacation for me, so getting to spend time with beloved friends is top priority. Mission accomplished! I even made a couple of new friends this go ’round. (I’m shy… stop laughing!) so yay that!

I love the hotel that the con is held at! The Hyatt Regency is an awesome location, and I love that the hotel staff are so nice and welcoming to us! They’re not phased one bit by guests coming around with innards trailing. They even play along – they dress up in makeup and horror t-shirts. It’s fabulous!

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These lovely ghouls were the hostesses at Jacob’s

 

Meeting the guests of the con is one of the things that I’m there to do – we always have a list of at least 2 or 3 that we want to meet, and then we end up meeting a surprise “darling”, a guest that wasn’t on our lists to start out but was so damn cool they became a favorite. For me, that was Kenny Johnson this year. I missed The Shield (yeah, I know, it’s on my queue as we speak) but I did not miss Sons of Anarchy and Kozik was one of my absolute favorites. I had no idea Kenny was going to be there (how I missed that announcement I have no idea), so that was such a fantastic surprise. He was great – gracious, friendly, funny, charming, ridiculously sweet, and I’m pretty sure he has steel bands masquerading as muscles. You have not been hugged until Kenny’s hugged you. I gush, but I also speak the truth – the man is awesome and I’ll be a fan forever. Thanks, Kenny!

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Me with Kenny

Other highlights from my list were Kane Hodder (I’ve had him on my bucket list to meet for YEARS and finally freaking did it!!), Nora Hewitt (winner of season 9 of Face Off and a hell of a cool person to chat with!), Sarah Wayne Callies (lately of The Colony), and Bex Taylor-Klaus (of MTV’s Scream which is a hell of a lot better than any MTV show has a right to be! Seriously, if you have not seen it, do watch it because it’s kinda awesome!).

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Me with Bex

I didn’t get autographs with them but Lance Henriksen and Mitch Pileggi were also awesome. George Romero was also in the house, selling the most adorable plushie mini-Georges I’ve ever seen! I did not get one but a friend did and graciously let me hold him for a photo:

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How cute is he? I mean, seriously?

Another highlight of TFW is always the cosplayers. They turn out in full force every year and there are some amazing cosplays to be seen! Deadpool was in the house, as was a fantastic Negan (that I sadly do not have a picture of), a Predator, a Xenomorph, multiple clowns (always clowns, why clowns?), Gomez and Morticia, Edgar Allan Poe (complete with The Raven on his shoulder), and this guy who wasjust freaking hilarious:

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It’s the tiny hat and cane that did me in, ok?

The stunningly beautiful Kitty Korvette was in attendance, dazzling us with her gorgeous wardrobe and her amazing Purrfumes. They are amazing! Even I love them and I’m very sensitive to scents. The wrong scent and boom! Instant headache. I’ve never had a single problem with Kitty’s wares, though!
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I don’t even know what the hell this guy is from but he gave me a hug so we’re cool
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I’m super-grateful that Peter Clines was there again this year. I needed to pick up the rest of the Ex-Heroes series that is available but I’m greedy and wanted them autographed. Peter is a fantastic author and a hell of a cool guy:

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Also a fucking master of selfies

 

We only took advantage of one screening this year (I really wanted to see Daylight’s End but it was at 3 on Sunday and I was out of energy at that point) and that was the super-secret screening. It turned out to be Holidays, and it wasn’t half bad. I really liked 4 of the shorts, but I felt like the others were a bit too out there for me. Half a yay but I don’t at all feel like that was time wasted. The short before the film was worth all the money-dollars – it was hilarious! Cupids are freaking scary as hell, man. Worse than clowns.

If you do decide to attend Texas Frightmare in the future (and I encourage you to because it is the best con I’ve ever attended), definitely talk to the con staff when you can. They’re great people, all volunteer and mostly people who have been with the con for years. They’re friendly and always able to help out when you have questions. They run a tight ship and it shows. Kudos to you, guys and gals!

A great time was had by me at least, if not by all. TFW, see you next year!


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Book Review: Klockwerk Kabaret by Jack Wallen


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If you know me at all, you know that I’m a HUGE fan of Jack Wallen’s work! I’ve read most of the I Zombie series and a good number of his other works as well. Prior to Klockwerk Kabaret, I had no experience with the steampunk genre. I knew the basics, that steampunk combines technology with steam-powered machinery and aesthetic designs, and I’d seen images of steampunk costumes that are simply gorgeous! Klockwerk Kabaret was my very first novel in that genre; oddly enough, it was Jack’s first novel in that genre as well, but you’d never be able to tell that from reading the story.

Klockwerk Kabaret is set in a town called Mainspring and its dark counterpart, the Keep of Keys. Nathan Gage runs the Klockwerk Kabaret with his beloved wife, the mysterious and alluring Olivia. The Klockwerk Kabaret is the only of its kind, featuring the exotic and almost otherworldly Klockwerk Dolls as a prelude to the ethereal musical performances by Olivia. When the ladies take the stage, there isn’t a dry seat in the house.  After the curtain comes down and the lights go out, Nathan and Olivia engage in their secret pastime, fighting criminals to keep the streets of Mainspring safe. During one such outing, they come across someone (or something) that will bring chaos to Mainspring and threaten their very existence.

Klockwerk Kabaret is fast-paced, but not so fast that you can’t keep up with what’s happening. The dialogue is witty and charming, completely perfect for the amazing cast of characters in the story. The action is thrilling, and the writing is so well done that you can easily visualize this fictional world. I highly recommend this novel, whether you’re already familiar with the genre or not. If not, this is a perfect choice to dive into the ‘punk-pool with!

Klockwerk Kabaret is available from Amazon in e-book and paperback formats.

And, lucky us, the sequel, Tick Tock Girl, is available for pre-order for Kindle! Click the links and grab both! You’ll be very happy that you did!

Guest Post: Armand Rosamilia #SummerofZombie


This is also an excellent read! Well done, Armand!

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Why I do Summer of Zombie Blog Tour

This will be a short and sweet guest post, since I’m very busy not only putting together this massive tour but pacing to write 5,000 words a day on a project I’m on deadline with. So…

Someone asked me in the beginning of the Summer of Zombie blog tour why I do this. Why have to format interviews, guest posts and teasers for 30+ authors every June? Why?

Because I believe in Karma.

Capital K, too.

Sure, I could spend the month worrying about my writing. I could use the hundreds of hours it takes to get this tour organized writing and promoting myself. I could do my own thing and shout from the rooftops about my upcoming releases… and I always have something coming out.

Instead, I give back. I learned a long time ago it is better to give than…

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Guest Post: A. Giacomi #SummerofZombie


This is a really excellent read!

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Zombies with a Pulse

I know what you’re thinking…since when do zombies have a pulse? What I mean is zombies have been getting a bit of a reboot over the past couple of years. With the success of The Walking Dead, others began to see that zombie tales weren’t solely for the horror market after all, it seems the entire population is fascinated with these once human creatures…and why? Because there’s still a lot of humanity, tragedy, and strength to their stories. Zombie stories allow us to reevaluate our lives, and define what is most important to us: our families, love, safety, clean water…pudding? (TWD reference I pray everyone gets)

What I’m getting at is that anyone can relate to zombies. Just imagine for a moment one of your loved ones had been bitten, would you kill them without batting an eye? Could you? I think there is an internal…

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Guest Post: Jack Wallen #SummerofZombie


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Summer of Zombie 2015: Clowns and the apocalypse

Clowns.

How many of you are already cowering under your covers? More than you’d think. People fear clowns. They do. A long time ago, I wrote a play called “The Secret Life Of Clowns” which give an insight into why there is so much hatred for the clown. But that is irrelevant (but fun to mention nonetheless – and one of these days I will publish my plays).

What was I talking about? Oh yes, clowns.

In the second iteration of Zombie Radio (cleverly named “Zombie Radio 2”) there was a short scene that involved an undead clown. The scene was actually an homage to long-time fan Amy Miller (and my attempt at acclimating her to clowns). The reality of that situation was tossing a character into a horrifying situation against a double-whammy of fear.

Clowns and zombies.

Think about it for…

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