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StokerCon 2016: A Brief Pictorial Recollection

A lot of really nice StokerCon 2016 memorial blogs and photo slide shows have been popping up on social media, so I don’t mean to venture too far down that path. Besides, I’ll be doing a special episode of The Bare Knuckle Podcast soon that will go into some detail about the momentous Las Vegas event.

But for now, let it suffice for me to say that there were many highlights, no dull moments, and countless memorable interactions. Some of these, though not as many as I would have liked, have been captured in photographs. The best can be viewed below, along with minimal commentary.

My favorite is the one of me with my literary hero, Robert McCammon, who was the surprise guest on the final night of the con (photo credit to his daughter, Skye, by the way). If you would have asked me who I would most wish to see show up unannounced, his name would have been the first one out of my mouth.

It sure would have been nice to see Mort Castle again, too. That’s my only complaint … that and that I simply had to miss some killer panel discussions because of the density of the programming, which really isn’t a complaint. It’s testament to the quality of the affair.

Hey, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the pics.

Why beat around the bush? Here is yours truly with master storyteller Robert McCammon!

My Seattle peeps (Andrew Wolter, Aaron Besson, and Sherry Decker) keeping it real during my fiction reading with the great John R. Little.

Happenstance put me in the same workshop as the inimitable Marge Simon, and she was gracious enough to sign her illustration for my story, "A Pound of Flesh."

Oh, you know, just Heather Graham, Lisa Manetti, F. Paul Wilson, and Tom Monteleone, chillaxin'. (I think I may have grabbed this one from someone's Facebook page, to be honest, so please let me know if I can credit the photographer. At any rate, I did visit this illustrious table. Honest.)

Jack Ketchum, preachin' on!

Tim Waggoner ... posing for a statue of the modern American male.

William F. Nolan. 'Nough said.

Marge Simon, Steve Rasnic Tem, Linda Addison, and Nancy Holder. Another illustrious table! (And, I believe, another photographic theft on my part; again, let me know if I can credit you.)

British Invasion: Jo Fletcher, Stephen Jones, and Ian Drury. All of the Horror University workshops were wonderful, by the way.

Las Vegas: keepin' it classy ... and oddly proportioned.

I didn't see her perform, but I was there in spirit.

That's all, folks!

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