Come See Me at Lilac City Comicon 2017

Come See Me at Lilac City Comicon 2017

This weekend I will be returning for the 2017 celebration of Lilac City Comicon in Spokane, Washington. This year the convention is two whole days running from Saturday, June 3rd to Sunday, June 4th. If it’s anything like the last few conventions, it’ll be a blast. I’ll once again be sharing a table with comic creator and dinosaur enthusiast Josh Montreuil and we’re both bringing a ton of great stuff.

Triceratots, by Josh Montreuil - debuting at LCCC 2017!
Triceratots, by Josh Montreuil – debuting at LCCC 2017!

I’ll have copies of The Stars Were Right, Old Broken Road, and Red Litten World. I’ll also have Bell Caravans patches as well as a ton of free swag, stickers, bookmarks, and buttons. In the past, LCCC hasn’t really been interested in my badge ribbons, but I’ll have mine with me, and like other swag they’re free. If you want to draw a ribbon from THE BOX OF CHOOSING™ just ask me and I’ll be happy to let you try your luck. (Full details on the badge ribbons can be read here.)

Sir Montreuil will have his new debut comic, Triceratots, available! I’ve been given a preview, and it’s not only incredibly fun, but it’s downright adorable. If you’re a fan of dinosaurs or know someone who is (I mean, who isn’t?), be sure to pick it up. He’ll also have a bunch of fresh prints and will be available for sketch commissions.

You can find Josh and me at TABLE C10 right in the center of it all. Click the image below to see where you can find us on the full map. It’s like a treasure map, but you’ll be crossing booths filled with cool stuff and not boring desert islands.

I’m looking forward to the weekend, there are a ton talented people participating, and the 1966 Batmobile will be there! Check out the full guest list and complete exhibitor list over at the official Lilac City Comicon site. I’ll see you there!

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Come See Me at Lilac City Comicon

Come See Me at Lilac City Comicon

On May 14th, I’ll be attending one of my favorite conventions: Lilac City Comic Con in the distant hamlet of Spokane, Washington! It’s a fantastic event with a great crowd. And, just like last year, I’m happy to say I’ll once again be sharing a table alongside the incredibly talented artist: Josh Montreuil. Josh will be bringing a bunch of prints and will be taking sketch requests. You should come by and say hello!

My side of the table will be pretty full. I’ll be bringing copies of The Stars Were Right, Old Broken Road, and the latest book in the Bell Forging Cycle: Red Litten World. I’ll also have Bell Caravans patches as well as a ton of free swag (including those new stickers I posted about a few weeks ago.) Lilac City Comic Con isn’t really a ribbon convention, but I’ll have the Caravan Master, Roader, and Shambler ribbons that I brought with me to Norwescon. If you want to draw a ribbon from THE BOX OF CHOOSING™ just ask and I’ll be happy to let you try your luck. (Full details on the badge ribbons can be read here.)

Josh and I will be lording over our small empire at table D10, which is clearly the best table and there is none better. It is known. Use the map below to see where we’re at or look for the big Bell Forging Cycle banner. You can’t miss it.

Lilac City Comicon 2016 Map - Small

We had a great time last year, and I’m looking forward to LLC once again. There’s a ton of great and talented people participating; you can check out the full guest list and complete exhibitor list over at the official Lilac City Comicon site. So mark your calendars Spokane, I’ll see you there!

I'm Doing a Reading - Help Me Pick the Book

I’m Doing a Reading – Help Me Choose Which Book

Norwescon 39 is just over a week away, and on Saturday night, the 26th of March I’ll be doing a reading! (9:00 PM in Cascade 1, Come see me.) Hooray! In the past I’ve read the prologue from The Stars Were Right, I mean, it’s the beginning, right? It’s a good place as any to introduce people to the world of The Bell Forging Cycle. But I was thinking, Red Litten World has been out now for five months now, and while each book builds off of each other they have been written to be standalone novels, the books can be read in any order. So I don’t have to be worried about spoiling anything. That has tempted me to read the Red Litten World prologue instead.

Instead of hemming and hawing over the decision myself. I figured why not ask you, my community of amazing and loyal readers! Which book do you think I should read? Should it be the introduction with the anur spectacles dealer from The Stars Were Right, or should it be the prologue with the creepy evangelist from Red Litten World? Use the poll below and vote. Voting will continue for a week and end next Wednesday, the 23rd. Whatever book wins will be the book I read at Norwescon!

You can see my full Norwescon 39 schedule over here. Make sure you stop by my table on Writer’s Row and say hello. We can talk about Lovecraft, horror in general, sci-fi, fantasy, the world of the Territories, whatever! I’ll have all three books available for purchase (at the discounted convention price.) You can pick up some free swag and make sure to ask me about how you can get one of my badge ribbons. There is a lot of stuff going on and I can’t wait to hang out with everyone. So vote and I’ll see you at the convention!

Norwescon 39

My Norwescon 39 Schedule

Norwescon 39 is just around the corner (57 days!) and yesterday I received my tentative schedule! Last year I ran my table and had a blast. But this year, things are going to be a lot busier. As before, I’ll be back with another table among Writer’s Row, plus I’ll also be participating on panels, and I’ll be doing a reading on Saturday night. It’s going to be fun.

Full details are below. I tried to link to the blogs or twitter accounts for the panel’s moderators and my fellow panelists. I’m honored to be sitting next to such talented folks. I’m excited to hang out with everyone again. Listing all this out got me excited, I can’t wait.


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM — Writer’s Row

Location: Writer’s Row
Details: Once again I’ll be headquartering myself at a table. Of course, I’ll bring along copies of all The Bell Forging Cycle books and, like last year, I’ll also have a bunch of free swag: stickers, buttons, and bookmarks galore. Stop on by, say hello. I’ll sign your books. We can talk cosmic horror, indie publishing, cover design, world building, weird fiction, Lovecraft, and pretty much whatever else you feel like.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM — Horror’s Fantasy Roots

Location: Cascade 10
Moderator: Logan L. Masterson
Panelists: Jason Vanhee, Nathan Crowder, K. M. Alexander
Details: Join Logan L. Masterson, the other panelists, and myself as we discuss a time when the darkness was fought back with swords and sorcery as we explore the roots and the muddy line between fantasy and horror.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Writer’s Row

Location: Writer’s Row


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM — Writer’s Row

Location: Writers Row

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM — Horror Influences

Location: Cascade 9
Moderator: Nina Post
Panelists: Morgue Anne, Alex C. Renwick, Lisa Bolekaja, K. M. Alexander
Details: Join Nina Post as she talks with myself and the other panelists on who inspired us to write and create horror and on what scares us. Should be a good time.

1:00 PM – 7:00 PM — Writer’s Row

Location: Writer’s Row


10:00 AM – 6:00 PM — Writer’s Row

Location: Writer’s Row

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM — SF/Fantasy Battle Royale

Location: Cascade 9
Moderator: Matt Youngmark
Panelists: Erik Scott de BiePeter Orullian, K. M. Alexander
Details: Who would win in a fight? A fast-paced, bracket-style, breathtakingly unscientific showdown to determine this year’s Ultimate Fictional Champion. Ready…? Fight! This will be fun.

9:00 PM – 9:30 PM — Reading: K. M. Alexander

Location: Cascade 1
Moderator: K. M. Alexander
Details: Hey, look at this, I’m doing a reading! Before you hit up a room party or turn in for the evening why not come by and let me read you a creepy excerpt from one of my books. Which one… well, I’m not sure yet! (I might have a little poll to decide. Stay tuned.)


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM — Horror As a Mirror

Location: Cascade 13
Moderator: Jeremy Zimmerman
Panelists: Jude-Marie GreenKate Jonez, K. M. Alexander
Details: What does the horror genre tell us about the culture in which it was written? What does today’s horror tell us about modern society? And as a creator, how do we craft stories that have a greater impact by reflecting on things that resonate more deeply with our audiences? Join us for this thought-provoking panel.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM — Writer’s Row

Location: Writer’s Row

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM — Location: Horror’s Unsung Character

Location: Cascade 10
Moderator: Laura Anne Gilman
Panelists: Lisa Bolekaja, Arinn Dembo, Logan L. Masterson, K. M. Alexander
Details: Where a story is set lends itself to the impact of that story. Whether you set your story in a crumbling castle, a small town in Maine, or a sleek office tower, how do writers craft a setting with staying power? Come for favorite examples and ways to build your own and play against expectations to greater effect.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM — Writer’s Row

Location: Writer’s Row

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM — Level Up Your Self-Publishing Skills

Location: Cascade 12
Moderator: Elliott Kay
Panelists: Matt Youngmark, Ryan Macklin, K. M. Alexander
Details: Elliot Kay leads us in a discussion on self-publishing. How do you find a good editor or cover artist? What’s your pricing strategy? Does free work? What are the best keywords to use? How do you get reviews? We’ll discuss the best practices for putting out a professional product and the current strategies for finding success.

You can preregister for Norwescon 39 here and get passes to all four days for only $70. There’s also a lot of information at including details on this year’s guests of honor, The Philip K. Dick Awards, Doubletree hotel information, and a lot more. Hopefully, I’ll see you there!

Friday Link Pack 10/02/2015

Friday Link Pack 10/02/15

Friday is here! That means it’s time for the Friday Link Pack. Some of these links I’ve mentioned on Twitter this week, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Do you have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Click here to email me and let me know! (Include a website so I can link to you as well.) Let’s get to it…


We’re in the final days before the arrival of Red Litten World. (Less than five days now.) Remember the book arrives everywhere next Tuesday in eBook and as a trade paperback! Pre-order the eBook today →

Less Than A Day Left In The Red Litten World Giveaway
We’re in the final stretches. Winners will be picked tonight. Books go out next week. Enter today for your chance to win one of five signed copies!

Red Litten Tracks
With each book release, I like to share a playlist of the songs that inspired me through the writing. Red Litten World is no different, and the collect of songs that inspired it is as eclectic as Lovat.

The Red Litten World Swag Packs Are Now Available
Over the weekend I posted a detailed look at the swag that comes with each signed copy of Red Litten World purchased through my store. (You can also get it for free or pick it up at conventions—details in the post.) New bookmarks, new stickers, and a new button, I think this the best collection yet.


10 Things I’ve Learned As A Debut Novelist
Author Victoria Namkung gets transparent and shares the ten lessons she took away after the launch of her first book, The Things We Tell Ourselves.

Wordcount For Lovecraft’s Favorite Words
From elder gods and old ones like Nyarlathotep and Cthulhu, to locations like Arkham and Innsmouth, to adjectives like amorphous and daemoniac, the Cthulhu Chick breaks it down for us.

Finally! An Easy Way To Know When (And How) To Use A Semicolon!
Ah, the semicolon, the creative writer’s eternal bane. Thankfully, the good people at the Writer’s Circle have put together a handy guide. [Big thanks to Will for sharing this.]

The 50 Best First Sentences In Fiction
In fiction, there’s a lot of pressure on that first sentence. (It’s all a bit ridiculous if you ask me, but that’s an opinion for a separate lengthy post.) However, to continue to raise that banner high, Gawker Review of Books as assembled what they believe is the 50 best openers of all time. I mean, we all know The Gunslinger won… oh, it didn’t? Wait… it wasn’t even mentioned!? This list is garbage.

Game Novels
YouTube gaming channel, Super Bunnyhop, takes a break from discussing games and game design to explore the idea of the game novel. As a former gamer, a writer of speculative fiction, a wannabe game designer, and a guy who has sat down with a game novelization in the past, I thought this was an interesting crossover video.


Hilarious Hero Defends Edward Scissorhands During Snowden Segment
Jon Hendren is a national hero and should be the President of the United States. Don’t believe me? Check out his site and follow him on Twitter and find out how very wrong you are.

Chicago’s First 100 Years In 10 Maps
This amazing collection of vintage maps documents the rise of the capitol of the midwest, from a tiny lakeside town into the enormous sprawling metropolis it is today.

Tom Waits On Everything And Nothing
Blank on Blank is a production via PBS Digital Studio (a fine example of why you need to be supporting PBS and your local PBS station) takes old interviews and animates them. So far the series has been incredible, but as a fan of Tom Waits, this has become an instant favorite.

What Happens If All The World’s Ice Melts?
The ice is melting. But, there’s are great misconceptions about an iceless Earth, some of these propagated by bad science and terrible (good) movies. Discovery Channel’s DNews has put together a great video explaining exactly what would happen when all the ice melts (spoiler: a 7.3-61 meter rise—if the latter happens… goodbye Florida.) [!] Bonus Fact: In the world of The Bell Forging Cycle, everything has melted so sea levels have risen a good 200 feet. (Basically the worst case scenario in this report.) This is why Lovat now sits on an archipelago and the lowest level of the city, the Sunk, is beneath the waves.


Profanity In Science Fiction
Profanity in science fiction shares all of the issues of profanity in fiction in general, but has several unique aspects of its own, including the use of alien profanities (such as the alien expletive “shazbot!” from Mork & Mindy, a word that briefly enjoyed popular usage outside of that television show).


The Battle That Ended The Century (MS. Found In A Time Machine)
Um, the weirdest boxing match ever. Also, a very odd vision of the future (the story takes place in 2001). The whole thing is weird. Short, but weird. H.P. Lovecraft, you and R.H. Barlow are weirdos.

ghost ridin' the whip

Red Litten World Prelaunch Giveaway

Two Days Left In The Red Litten World Giveaway

There are now less than two days left in the Red Litten World Giveaway. (As I am writing this, there is currently, one day, thirteen hours, one minute, and seven seconds.) That means there is still time for you to enter for a chance to win one of five signed copies of my newest novel, Red Litten World. (And some fun swag.) All you need to enter is an address and a Goodreads account. Just hit the link below, log in to your account, and click the Enter to Win button at the top of the page!

Enter The Red Litten World Giveaway →

Winners are selected at 11:59 pm on Friday, October 2nd. I’ll post the winners here the following morning. Good luck entrants!

Remember, you can still preorder Red Litten World on eBook for Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Kobo devices. Pre-order copies will arrive on your reader on launch day. Also, I’m doing a Red Litten World countdown over on Instagram, every few days I’ve been releasing another piece of RLW themed art, follow me there and join the countdown.

Less than six days until Lovat.