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CthulhuCon + K. M. Alexander

A CthulhuCon Debriefing

The Spring is apparently convention season for me. Norwescon was at the beginning of April and I just wrapped up a weekend in Portland at CthulhuCon PDX. I really enjoyed myself. The convention is an official spin-off from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon it had a lot of great guests and I was honored to be apart of the festivities.

K. M. Alexander on a panel at Cthulhu Con
Left to Right: Lockhart, Pugmire, Klinger, Komoda, Alexander, Steele, Hoade.

This was my first time at a convention doing more than just slinging books from behind my table. I not only did I do a reading, I also spent time signing books at the author’s signing, and I participated on a panel. This crowd was different than other conventions, there was zero cosplay which was surprising, and the crowd definitely skewed older. I also received some of the toughest questions I have ever been asked which was fun. You could really see the passion from the attendees. I really appreciated everyone’s excitement for weird fiction.

Reading the Prologue from The Stars Were Right on Saturday evening.
Reading the Prologue from The Stars Were Right on Saturday evening.

Books sales were solid, especially for such an intimate convention. If it had lasted four days like Norwescon 38, I would have sold out again. Still, even with the shorter time frame sales exceeded what I had expected. It was great to meet so many new readers and it was cool to see folks get excited about the world of The Bell Forging Cycle. It really made me eager to get Red Litten World out into the wild.

On to the highlights:

  • Having the first person I talked to tell me they saw my book on the Lovecraft eZine, had already picked it up, and were excited to read it. If you’re a mythos fan and you’re not reading the eZine you should rectify that now. Mike Davis is a great guy and runs a good site.
  • Doing my reading on Saturday night. This was my first Con reading and I loved it. I read the Prologue from The Stars Were Right in all its grisly detail. Afterward I had a reader approach me afterward and tell me it was not only beautiful, but it also encouraged him to pick up a copy.
  • New friends and readers! Thanks to all you amazing people who picked up my book. Enjoy! Feel free to email me when you finish and let me know your thought. Also, please tell your friends and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads they help a lot.
  • Meeting and talking with Matt and Cat from the Northwest Horror Podcast. Good folks. Cat recorded me doing my pitch, which was fun. I’m now a subscriber and working my way through past episodes.
  • I loved being a member of the “Creating a Mythos” panel. Ross Lockheart was an excellent moderator and it was an honor to be up there with folks like Wilum Pugmire, Leslie S. Klinger, Paul KomodaJustin Steele, and Sean Hoade. It was a fun discussion. Wish we had a lot more time for questions from the audience but we were all long winded. I know the panel was recorded, if it gets uploaded I’ll be sure to post it here.
  • Hanging out with the other writers at the Carbload for Cthulhu signing. It was fun, and a nice change of pace.
  • All you people who picked up on all the mythos references throughout Stars and then came and talked to me about them. I tend to Easter egg a lot of little details like that and it’s awesome when folks find them.
  • The art show was fantastic. A lot of really great pieces. Thanks to my buddy Sky for dragging me away from the table. Was totally worth it.
  • While I didn’t get a chance to see him live, Kari-Lise really liked Leeman Kessler’s Ask Lovecraft segment. Mr. Kessler is a wonderful actor and scholar and very entertaining. If you haven’t seen his portrayal of ol’ Howard Philip I encourage you to check out his youtube channel.
  • Portland food. In particular Tiny’s coffee, Teote’s plate of pork belly, and Montage’s late night martini’s and macaroni.
  • Portland people. Especially Sky and Zach, good dudes. Thanks for hanging out.
  • I leveled up my table. (See the photo below.) I think the new banner looks real nice. Wouldn’t you agree?
  • Having a guy stop by and buy a Bell Caravans patch specifically for his new OC cosplay. Looking forward to seeing what he comes up with.
  • All the compliments I receive about the quality of my books. It’s really good to hear. I put a lot of time and effort into each of them so when it stands out to folks I get really excited.
  • Hanging out with the lovely people in the The Mall of Cthulhu.
  • Talking Machen with a fellow fan. Love the Machen.

K. M. Alexander's booth at CthulhuCon PDX

Overall I came away really happy. Nice to see so many folks come together out of a love for a small segment of literature. Over the course of the con I had several times people asked me if I had read Neil Gaiman’s Hugo winning short story: A Study in Emerald. I haven’t! However, I will be rectifying that tonight. (For those who don’t know it’s a mashup of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraftian Mythos originally published in the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street.) It’s available to read it for free from Gaiman’s website.

I will be back. It was an honor to mingle with some of the greats and introduce a few folks to my own brand of Lovecraftian stories. I cannot say enough how exciting it is to see so many fans come together around a small microcosm of speculative fiction. It’s time now to forge ahead. Convention season isn’t quite over for me. In a few weeks it’ll be time for Josh Montreuil and me to descend upon Lilac City Comicon. In the meantime I have more books to write.

My Cthulhu Con Schedule

My CthulhuCon Schedule

Since we’re now less than a week away from the start of CthulhuCon in Portland, Oregon. Since I’m an active participant I figured it’d be handy for me to post my schedule. All this is penciled in, and meant only as a guide. Stuff can change. However, I’ll try to stick to this as much as I can.

[UPDATE 4/22] – I’m now doing an author signing on 10am in Bellmont B and I’ve also gone ahead and updated my schedule with room information as well.


FRIDAY:

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Hello, Portland!

I’ll arrive Friday afternoon and I’ll be around. There’s a party that night, but the con really doesn’t kick off until the following morning. But, if you see me, stop me and say hello!


SATURDAY:

10:00 am – 7:00 pm — Hanging out in The Mall of Cthulhu [Bellmont C]

I’ll be in the Dealers Room, selling and signing books all day. The dealers room isn’t large, so look for my big black banner. I’ll have copies of The Stars Were Right and Old Broken Road, as well as a ton of free swag.

Along side me you’ll find a lot of other awesome folks selling their wares. You can see the full vendor list here →

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Author Reading 3 [Foyer]

I’ll be joining fellow authors Jim Smiley and Christine Morgan in the Foyer reading an excerpt from The Bell Forging Cycle, Book I: The Stars Were Right.


SUNDAY:

10:00 am – 10:45 am — Author Signing [Bellmont B]

Me and the fourteen other authors attending the convention are going to be hanging out in Bellmont B signing our books.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Creating A Mythos Panel [Bellmont B]

Join me and names like: Leslie S. KlingerRoss E. Lockhart, Wilum H. PugmireJustin Steele, and Sean Hoade as we discuss the pluses and minuses of working within a mythos. Full description below:

“One of the mainstays of Lovecraft’s legacy has long been the Mythos he created. Many authors, both before and after Lovecraft, have created a Mythos of their own: Pugmire’s Sesqua Valley, Chambers’s King in Yellow stories, Barron’s Old Leech universe, Dunsany’s Pegana, Clark Ashton Smith’s Hyperborea. Some have outgrown their creators and have opened their doors to many authors to contribute. What is the allure of a Mythos? What are the benefits of writing in one? What are the pitfalls?”

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm — Hanging out in The Mall of Cthulhu [Bellmont C]

After the panel I’ll be found back by my table in the Dealers Room until the end of the convention at 4:00pm.


So there’s my schedule. This weekend my lovely wife, Kari-Lise, will be joining me, so anytime I’m not in the dealer room she’ll be at my table.

Really looking forward to meeting folks and discussing Lovecraft, Mythos, the Territories, weird fiction, and anything else that comes up! I can’t wait, see you at the convention!

CthulhuCon PDX

Come See Me At CthulhuCon

We’re now a week and a half away from CthulhuCon in Portland, Oregon. This convention is an official spin off from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and will be two days of gaming, panels, readings, art, and music. The event takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on April 25th & 26th and includes guests like Lovecraft historian S. T. Joshi, artist Liv Rainey-Smith, author Sean Hoade, author Wilum H. Pugmire, and historical reenactor Leeman Kessler. With a lineup like that it’s sure to be a fun event.

I shall be there, along with fresh copies of The Stars Were Right and Old Broken Road. I’ll also have Bell Caravan patches and a bunch of free swag. So come on by, visit me in the Dealer Room, chat me up about the world of the Territories, and let’s talk Lovecraft.

More info (like booth number and such) as I get it. Get your tickets here (There’s only a few remaining.) I’ll see you at the Con!

Hanging with Rocket at SpoCon 2014

Upcoming Appearances

Just a quick update to announce that I launched a new section here on the blog. Behold! The new Appearances tab. This year I am really upping my sci-fi/fantasy convention attendance. I had a blast at SpoCon 2014 and I look forward to hanging out with readers at future conventions. I figured it’d be good to create a space where I list out where I am going and when. That way you can see if I’m coming to a con near you. Click here to check it out now or navigate to it from the main menu. I’ll see you at the cons!

Have a local sci-fi/fantasy convention near you that you think I should attend? Shoot me an email and let me know about it. I’d love to see if I can’t make it work.