I traveled to Portland for events related to the HP Lovecraft Film Festival and literary con. The highlight today was Dark Horse’s event for the Lovecraft Unbound anthology (ed. Ellen Datlow). I was beyond thrilled to have a chance to mingle with writers and editors, including such luminaries as Ellen, Caitlin Kiernan, and Michael Shea who were nice enough to autograph my copy of the anthology for me. David D. Levine, Camille Alexa, and Felicity Shoulders were also there, and such a thrill to meet!
This was really my first chance to introduce myself in person to other writers as Mae Empson, recently published author (since my first short story published today!) Everyone was incredibly kind and generous in chatting with someone just starting out like me. I really envy the Portland literary circle – looks like a very warm, closeknit community. Now, I just need to find the parallel groups in Seattle, etc.
What a thrill! This is a day I will remember for a long time. 🙂