NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Had a Blast at StokerCon

StokerCon was awesome! There was lots to do...My Dangerous Dames and All the Screaming: Writing Sex and Romance in Horror Panels were well attended and since all of the panelists prepared in adavnace, engaging conversations; the Cross-Genre Writing Panel, on the other hand was a disaster--the moderator had not emailed questions beforehand--and while I can think on the fly--he obviously couldn't. I attended lots of great panels, too many to mention!

I caught up with writers I hadn't seen in years, like Linda Addison, Michael, Arnzen, Scott Eldeman JG Faherty, Elizabeth Massie, Lisa Morton, and countless others; I also met lots of Authors I'd previously only known online...

I also went on the H. P. Lovecraft tour, which was fun, despite all of the rain and wind! We walked 4.5 miles, quite a workout!

The Biltmore Hotel left a lot to be desired: Housekeeping didn't clean my room until after 1:00 p.m. the first day, and only because I called the front desk. They only left me one roll of toilet paper and one box of tissues. I had to ask for more. There was lots of flooding in the hotel on Friday, due to the Nor'easter--water came into the Starbucks via the windows and part of the ceiling collapsed in the restaurant...

Hats off to Jim Chambers for putting together such a great Con!

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NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

R.I.P. Horror Author Jack Ketchum Has Died

I first had the pleasure of meeting Dallas Mayr, AKA, Jack Ketchum, at Chiller Con in New Jersey way back in 1998. He was an extremely witty gentleman who was very supportive of my writing back when I was just starting out. Back in 1997, we both had stories in an anthology titled Funeral Party 2. He remarked that my writing had great potential, a comment that had me over the moon. I remember that a fan had brought Dallas a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black, which is really good scotch. Without giving it a second thought, he cracked it open and poured it into red plastic cups to share with me and several other Authors in attendance. He was a very giving kind soul.

I enjoyed all of his books, especially The Girl Next Door.

After that, we'd hang out at other conventions, WHC in NYC back in 2005 and others. I'd buy him a Dewar's Rocks and he'd share amazing stories about New York City and publishing. Such a tragic loss. Rest in peace, my friend...

NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Avoid Phishing Scams

Even though the Internet is my bread and butter, there are times when I err on the side of caution, like earlier today, when a warning appeared via Firefox that I'd contracted a PC virus on my MAC, along with a phone number to call and a button to click. I ran a Malware tool I had and my iMac came up clean, but to be safe, I called AppleCare and was reassured that my computer had not been compromised!

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