UPDATE: The poll is now closed!
Every morning I check all of my favorite literary sites to ensure that I am hip to all of the goings-on in the genre. This morning, while visiting Brian Keene’s site, I noticed a very interesting poll. Of course, this is pure speculation on my part but it appears as if Brian may be interested in starting his own convention which would be huge. Currently there are a handful of conventions devoted to genre literature (which is mildly surprising given the abundance of shows dedicated to genre films) and even fewer conventions that are run by authors for the fans.
We have seen many genre lit conventions go under and others cut down on their literary guests. Just take a look at how the guest list was handled for Horrorfind this year. Sure, they have secured two of my favorite authors with Ronald Malfi and Hunter Shea but it wasn’t given the same treatment as past years. Maybe there isn’t money to be made with genre authors or just maybe the perceived popularity isn’t there. Who knows? What I can say is that we need something big. We need a gathering that attracts authors from all of our beloved genres- not just horror. I picture something like WHC mixed with BizarroCon and set in a punk rock club. Sure, this may just be me dreaming but one can never be sure when Brian Keene is involved.
Now I have no idea what Brian has planned but if history is any indication, this will be a show unlike any other designed for the ultimate fan experience. I encourage everyone head on over to Brian’s site to vote and show him support in this endeavor.