Halloween has always been bittersweet for me. I love scary stories, costumes, and the joy of giving candy. I love everything about the holiday except for the date.
My father was murdered in a store robbery over pumpkins. I was semi-present at the scene, sleeping in the car waiting to go trick or treating. He was the manager of a Quick Stop. Some of my family theorize that this incident was a catalyst for my interest in horror. I was so young that I barely remember him, much less that night. I am now over ten years older than my father when he was murdered.
I traditionally turtle on this day as I tend to be a little melancholy. When I was twenty-three, I had just graduated from college and had a family of my own to support. I worked the overnight shift at a convenience store and that Halloween was the most frightening experience of my life. Somehow I expected history to repeat itself.
It became a tradition of mine to be mellow on Halloween and to take stock of my life and see if I had earned the extra time in the world. This year I feel blessed and undeservedly lucky.
- I live a happy life with my loving wife Lisa, our pug, and a close circle of friends. I celebrated my 40th birthday at NWRE in Portland surrounded by almost all of the people I love in the world.
- I became an Active Member of the Horror Writer’s Association. This is a rite of passage for writers in the horror field. I am one of the initial judges for the Non-Fiction Category for the Stoker Awards from the HWA. This has led to a great deal of reading every morning on the bus.
- I scored the position as the Developer for Mind’s Eye Theatre: Vampire The Masquerade under By Night Studios. I work with amazing and talented people and I am constantly awed by their genius. To use a comic book metaphor, I feel like Hawkeye fighting along Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk.
- My very first Vampire The Masquerade book was published this year. You can check out Hunters Hunted 2 here.
- A number of my short stories have been published in 2013. I’ve been contracted for additional fiction. I have stories come out from a couple of my favorite franchises. My novel was turned down by the publishing house that held it for almost sixteen months, but I have hope for the future.
- I’ve attended a number of fun conventions and learned a great deal from amazing people. In the next couple of months, I’ll be a guest for the following conventions: Orycon 35, Midwinter Gaming Convention, and Norwescon.
- I am the co-editor of an anthology that will include David Gerrold (The Trouble with Tribbles) and William Nolan (Logan’s Run). What world does this seem possible?
Life is pretty good overall. I hope if there is some aspect of my father still conscious out in the ether that he approves and is proud of me.