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Due to a series of fortuitous events, I will be attending StokerCon 2022 in Denver, Colorado, this week, from Thursday May 12 to Sunday May 15!

However, for the first time in years, I am not attending a convention as a programming participant. (sad trombone noises)

But JL! You are not a horror writer!

I am not, but don’t tell that to the number of horror plot bunnies that I have tucked away in a folder. My publisher primarily focuses on horror, and I have never discriminated against genre for any of my writer friends. Honestly, horror writers are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.

I had airline money to use that was expiring literally this weekend, a friend needed a roommate, and I was able to snag a free registration (I didn’t ask questions). Attending Farpoint earlier this year was nice, but I am in desperate need of a con where I will be around my tribe, which includes plenty of people who are part of my extended grad school network, those who are involved with my publisher, and many who are both. Over the past 2 years, it has become clear that regular conventions are a huge part of what drives my writing, because being with my people energizes me in a way that pure online communication doesn’t.

But all of this doesn’t mean you won’t know where to find me! For most of the convention, you can probably find me in the dealers room holding down the fort at the Raw Dog Screaming Press table. I will have a handful of copies of all the currently available Steel Empires novels, but honestly, I have a blast selling books by my entire cohort. So, if you check us out, I’m definitely more interested in helping you find a book you’ll love, even if it’s not mine.

I look forward to seeing old friends and new this weekend, along with cheering on those I know on the ballot for Bram Stoker Awards. As always, ping me here or on social media if you’re interested in meeting up for a meal, drink (alcoholic or non), or just a chat!

(I promise to ask whether you’ve seen The Old Guard only once.)