I get to spend the weekend in the Queen City at the Cincinnati Comic Expo at the Duke Energy Center. Friends Stuart Thaman, J.J. Sherwood, Lydia Sherrer and Eric Beebe are in the house. And Cos players.
This past week, Charles Hurt, passed away. We at Oldham County in the late 70’s new him as “Charlie” or enemy number one. He played for Shelby County and lead them to a state championship his junior year. Shelby County was our top rival and visits to their gym became a right of passage for those willing to brave the trip and their rowdy fan base.
My sophomore year, we played Shelby in the 8th Region semifinals and we beat them, ending Hurt’s high school career. It was during this game I asked out my first date (who said yes, thankfully) and with Shelby’s loss, the day was perfect.
Charlie Hurt went on to play for the University of Kentucky, eventually being drafted into the NBA. It was the first time in my life I had to find a way to cheer for a former member of the evil empire, but Charlie Hurt made it easy. I tireless worker, the man carried himself with class.
After bouncing around several leagues, Hurt joined the military and served overseas with the 82nd Airborne and by all accounts, did so with the same dedication to duty and his fellow soldiers he showed in his basketball worth ethic.
At the age of fifty-five, Hurt lost his battle with leukemia. Like many UK fans, I had no idea he was ill until reading about his death in the paper. With Charlie’s passing, a part of my childhood passed with him. We need to all keep his family and friends in our prayers.
I will be at the Barnes and Noble at the Paddock Shops this Saturday from noon until 10 pm promoting Revenge, the latest in the Victor McCain thrillers. This is an event I look forward to each year. You won’t find better people than those who work at B and N at the Paddock Shops. And they have a Starbucks inside. Woot.
FandomFest 2016 wrapped up an incredibly fun weekend. I first want to think Ken and Myra Daniels for putting on a top notch event. Something this massive is not an easy thing to pull off, but they make it seem like a walk in the park. From our perspective. Thank you.
Huge shout out to Stephen Zimmer who ran the Literary Track for FandomFest. The man knows how to build panels which give the fans what they want. From Marvel to Ghostbusters to how to write the best horror novel possible. He manages to seem to be in ten places all at the same time. Makes me wonder….
I’d also like to thank my table mates for the weekend, Stuart Thaman and Dave Creek, two gifted writers who don’t seem to mind putting up with my insanity. Hanging with J.J. and Michael Sherwood and Alexandra Birr is always a highlight. J.J. thanks for doing the heavy lifting when it came to shopping for Katy and Lauren. They will love your choice of gift much better than anything I could ever pick out.
Another real highlight was getting to meet Anthony Michael Hall. I’ve been to dozens and dozens of comic cons and had the chance to see and meet many celebrities, yet I’ve never gone “fanboy” over one of them. Until today. The Dead Zone by Stephen King is one of my all time favorite novels. The TV show by the same name is also one of my all time favorites. Often when a book I love is made into a TV show or movie, it’s disappointing. Yet Mr. Anthony and crew took a great book and turned it into an even more amazing show. I got to meet him when he stopped in front of my booth and he could not have been nicer. This year, at FandomFest, I got to truly enjoy the “fandom” part of the name.
But the best thing about FandomFest is getting to see fans who show up year after year and come back to the table to buy the latest book. You guys are the reason I do what I do. Thank you.
Finally, a few more cosplay pictures with photos from the Batman vs Superman and Ghostbusters panels.
FandomFest day 1 is in the books and I had a great time interacting with fans of the Victor McCain thrillers, cos players and making fun of DC comic fans (I moderate Marvel vs DC today at 10 am room C103 so guess which side I’m on).
We have a ton of space at the convention’s new digs at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. We are in South Wing B. Today will be filled with several panels. Feel free to drop by and give me grief.
And of course there are cos play pictures.
Saturday July 23rd I’ll be at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in St. Matthews from 6 pm until 9 pm signing my latest novel, Revenge. This is one of my favorite signings of the year. Molly’s serves up the best Irish food around and I get to spend the evening with good friends. Come out and throw down a few pints (drink responsibly and have a designated driver) and share in the fun.