I recently joined the Horror Writers Association as an Active Member, and made it a point to attend the organization’s annual conference, the World Horror Convention, in New Orleans this year. Man, am I glad I did!
I’d never been to New Orleans before and found the town offering the entertainment of Las Vegas but with real old-world charm and without the severe loathing that inevitably sets in after a few days in Vegas. The hotel, which was a great facility, is smack dab in the French Quarter on Royal Street, with Bourbon Street only a block away. I ate a lot of great food, heard a lot of great music–including some amazing street bands–and soaked up the atmosphere, loose and easy vibe, and the architecture.
Regarding the conference itself, I had the pleasure of talking shop and partying with some of the best authors in the business, great anthology editors and publishers. It was a great event for learning, networking and making new friends including the awesome John Dixon, Dana Fredsti, Kilt Kilpatrick and others.
If you’re a horror writer, you have to go. You’ll get a lot out of it. The 2014 event is in Portland.