KillerCon – Vegas Style

Barbara Vey -- September 18th, 2009
Courtney LeClare and Gardner Goldsmith showing off their silky threads

The first annual KillerCon came to Las Vegas this weekend.  The conference intended for horror, thriller and paranormal romance writers started off with a Strip Crawl.  No, not to check out all the strip clubs here (ok, maybe some did), but most were shuttled about the Las Vegas Strip to visit the many casinos. 

Next up at 10 p.m. was a pajama party complete with horror movies to be shown until 4 a.m.  I managed to make the 10 o’clock start, but barely made it through the first movie (actually, I sat with my back to the bloody massacre on the screen and talked with the attendees).  Among those was the only couple I saw with pj’s on, Courtney LeClare and Gardner Goldsmith.

It looked to be about a 5 to 1 ratio of men to women and I’m not sure if that’s because there are more men writers in the genre or that they were the most interested in the movies shown which started with Splinter, Let the Right One In (Swedish with subtitles), Martyrs (Spanish) and Shuttle.  Never heard of any of them, but this group was pretty familiar with them and seemed excited with the idea of watching the gorefests with like-minded people.

F. Paul Wilson (who’s name tag just read "F") and Evyl Ed

F. Paul Wilson was there.  Here’s a man who knows a thing or two about horror, but when I met him years ago I actually told him that what he writes was not horror because I don’t read horror and I love his Repairman Jack books.  (I still call them thrillers because that’s what they are to me.)

I also met Scotty who moderates The Haunt at Horror Mall.  He decribes it as a social network for all things horror related and is frequented by fans as well as professionals.  There’s a blog, books, T-shirts, movies and art.

Today officially kicks off the seminars and writing contests at 10 a.m. and I have to wonder how many of those who made it until the final movie’s credits were rolling will be up and at ‘em this morning. 

Bottom Line:
  Definition of horror… "An overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear."  What did I get myself into??

6 thoughts on “KillerCon – Vegas Style

  1. Kym

    I don’t know how you keep up with all these conventions. It makes me tired just reading about it. Maybe I need a pajama party myself–no, wait, PJ parties don’t usually involve much sleep!

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