West Virginia Book Festival

Hey guys!

I’m so sorry – I promised you a ranking of the Saw films to wrap up Saw Week, and then I vanished. My vacation started a little earlier than planned, and in the chaos of packing I left my laptop at home.

I’m actually here to tell you about the vacation instead (and also to buy myself some time because if I’m being completely honest, I have no idea where to put Jigsaw into the other movies which I’ve spent over a decade carefully ranking in my head.)

I went to a book festival in West Virginia. I’m here to tell you about it because I met not one, but two of my all-time favorite horror writers.

First I got to meet R. L. Stine, who is one of the first authors I ever remember wanting to meet. He gave a really fun talk to about 3,000 fans, most of whom were quite a bit younger than me. Then he did a book signing and I got three of my favorite Goosebumps books signed, which was pretty much a dream come true.

Then I got to meet Joe Hill, which was just…wow. As a writer there are not a lot of feelings more exhilarating than meeting your favorite writer, and I feel so overwhelmed to be able to say I’ve now done that. He did a short reading from Strange Weather before doing a Q&A and then doing a signing.

There were a lot of things I wanted to say to Joe Hill, and I said virtually none of them. I didn’t mention that I’m a writer or that he inspires me, or even that he is my favorite writer. I didn’t freeze up though, and I feel like all things considered it could have gone a lot worse, especially considering my less than ideal track record meeting people I look up to.

I got my copy of Strange Weather signed and copies of Horns signed for myself and my boyfriend. My parents also went through and surprised me with a few new signed books as well.

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It was one of the best, and most inspirational birthdays I’ve ever had.

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Four Days of Strange Weather

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced reader’s edition of Joe Hill’s new book, Strange Weather. That makes this promotional post officially the most exciting pre-release review I’ve ever done on this blog, or pretty much in my life.

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I am very honored to be presenting you guys with my thoughts on this amazing collection, which will be available for purchase on October 24th of this year.

Note: Since the book isn’t even out yet, I will be very diligent in avoiding spoilers. While this review will discuss themes and content, there will be no details, plot points, or anything that might ruin the experience for anyone.

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