|Last Night's Reading At The KGB Bar
||[Feb. 17th, 2011|09:38 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
Wow, what an incredible night! I'm still buzzing from it!
The reading with Laird Barron went extremely well. The house was packed and there were lots of surprise guests. Even the reclusive Michael Cisco was there! I went first, reading certain excepts from Chasing the Dragon that I had reformulated into a story of its own, which then acted as a sort of prequel to the book itself. Afterward everyone told me I blew the roof off the joint, which is nice to hear. I don't do readings very often, so when I do I want them to be special and memorable.
Here's me explaining something to the audience about what I'm about to read. I don't remember what I was saying, but judging from my expression it was terribly important. And also about this big. (Photo courtesy of Ellen B. Wright)
And here's me apparently falling asleep during my own reading. (Photo also courtesy of Ellen B. Wright)
If I filled the bases, Laird brought it all home in a grand slam by reading a brand new story he'd only just finished before hopping the plane to New York. He was worried about reading it because it's a rough draft, but let's face it, Laird's so good his rough drafts are like everyone else's ninth drafts.
During intermission and after the reading, Laird and I signed tons of copies of our books together, which was a lot of fun. He's not just a literary idol of mine, he's a good friend too, and I'm so glad he and his unofficial chaperone for the night, John Langan, were there to share in such a fun evening. I wish I could see them more often.
Thanks to everyone who came out, and extra special thanks to Monica O'Rourke, who came all the way from upstate New York just for the reading, to Steve Berman for bringing me a copy of Gahan Wilson's The Cleft and Other Odd Tales, an out-of-print book I've been looking for for years, and of course to Fantastic Fiction Reading Series hosts Matthew Kressel and Ellen Datlow for having me. (Double special thanks to Ellen for the copy of her and Nick Mamatas' new anthology Haunted Legends. It looks great!)