Thursday, May 05th, 2016 | Author:

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The Texas Frightmare Weekend— a show for horror enthusiasts to play with their closest friends they have never met.

And I was there.

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When I got in on Friday I was already hooked, just walking through the lobby trying to get my vendors pass. Cosplay, rock music, and the infectious excitement over being a part of the weekend was oozing from everywhere. In a few seconds, every bit of being tired from the trip that never wanted to say die just slipped away.

Now for the hard part– selling books.

I am a ridiculously introverted. This is part of the reason I aimed to get to the hotel four hours early; I wanted to get the lay of the land, meet some of the best authors I’ve known face to face, adjust. Since that wasn’t in the cards, I jumped in, needing to salvage part of the night.

Too bad my pitch was a mess. I… uh… wrote… um… a book? It’s… a zombie book?

Yup. That’s definitely the way to get people’s attention– in the smile and nod and back slowly away sort of attention. It’s an absolute wonder that I did sell any that night. I’m wondering if it was a pity sell. I marveled over David Lund’s easy manner with talking to people, saw how well he moved through his speech. When that day ended I warned him that I was going to be copying him the next day.

Fortunately, Saturday was a whole new shot.

 

I woke up, told my roommate that it was time to go to work, and suddenly that crazy introvert anxiety slipped away.

 

I’m getting ready….

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Booth is set up…

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Dave prepared a short video….

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And we’re off!

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Our booth was really busy! The needs to be patented Lund pre-show pep talk worked! People were coming over, listening to my pitch, and it was amazing!!

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(BTW I warned everyone before in a very clever meme that I hated shoes. Yeah, my California hippie was showing here)

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Here you see David Lund, Thomas Watson, fellow Winlockians and me, as we talk to Michael Wilson, President of Permuted Press (a huge alliteration, I know). It. Was. AWESOME!

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This is Ryan Cusick of iHorror.com, a fellow medical person and Californian. Super cool guy!!

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And this is Katie Cord, horror writer and nurse as well!

There are a lot of medical people in the horror fandom world!

 

By the end of the first full day, I had already sold over half of my stock. OMG.

 

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To celebrate the first full day, I went out to dinner with the Lunds. They are an amazing team. It was funny, as I listened to them banter, I had a question for them…. I asked if they had been married for around 10 years. I was very very close, and they were curious how I knew. I laughed and said that the way they were going back and forth was way too familiar. Lifers seem to be able to identify other lifers…

When I got back to the hotel, I went and hung out with some amazing authors, like Tim Long and Peter Clines.

It was just so perfect.

Then came Sunday.

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Just so everyone knows, there is a disturbing lack of Monster at this particular horror convention. I mean, what’s with that? Someone high up needs to get on that, stat.

Thank God for very nice guest services people that discovered that the hotel employee vending machine had monster inside.

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It was time to rock this.

There’s a saying that you better work it like the rent is due tomorrow. So that’s what I did. Dave had already gone through and sold out of book one of his series, and even gone through the book 1&2 compilation. We had talked earlier about how cool it would be if I also sold out. Dave is a rockstar, and I credit several of those final day sales to him.

And right at 3pm? I joined him in the sell out status.

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To say I was excited is so not enough. I never dreamed that I would go, find my brave, and rock it. I knew I would have fun, but this was so much more.

This was AMAZING.

And I can’t wait for next year. I’m a Frightmare junkie.

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