WHC 2012 Part 3: For The Love Of Stan!

Hello again, friends! Time for another installment of my experiences from the fabulous World Horror Convention 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. I would like to dedicate this one to all of the wonderful people that I met in person, whom up until then, had only been friends through email and facebook.

This may sound crazy to those of you not in the industry, but nowadays, books and even whole magazines are put together by a staff of many people who often have never met in person. Dark Moon Books is no different. I had dealt with Stan, conversing sometimes several times a day through email, for over a year as we put together the stories that would become Ad Nauseam, without having ever heard each others voices!

Craig Garrett, Jennifer Word and Myself

WHC was the first time that we were to meet, as well as many other members of the staff and some very great face book friends. I was nervous, but at the same time, I felt as though I’d known Stan my whole life. And you know what? I might as well have. 🙂 Meeting Stan wasn’t awkward at all, in fact, he was just as I’d imagined him to be. It felt great to hug the man that had given me my first break in the industry, both by publishing my first short story AND my first fiction collection. Dark Moon Books, but particularly Stan Swanson, has been a huge force in my life lately and I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to meet and spend time with him. Hell, just to hug him. I love Stan Swanson, and I honestly feel like he and the Dark moon crew are now family to me.

Mina and Myself-Oh the red-headed HORROR!

Besides Stan, some other Dark Moon people that I got the pleasure of meeting were my editor Mina Matthews, Lori Michelle, Max Booth III, Micheal O’Neal, Abner Goodwin, and Eric Guinard. Last, but certainly not least, my fellow Ovalteens (it’s an inside thing) Jennifer Word, Craig Garrett and Julie Jansen! (We missed you so much Axel!)

 From one of my favorite Facebook groups, Kindle Horror Books, I met Stacey Turner, Paul Dail, Mark Scioneaux, Robert Shane Wilson, Jennifer Wilson, Charles Day and Andy The Undead Reviewer Taylor. They were all exactly like they are on the computer. A little bit goofy, but so fun to be around. Everyone was great, and I’m sure I’m leaving some of you out, forgive me if you would. I could go on and on about all my wonderful friends, but I think I will leave you now to just enjoy a few pictures of them. It is my most heart-felt desire that I will someday meet every last one of you. Well, not the crazy ones, but most of you! Much Love—C.W. LaSart

The Lovely Stacey Turner from Angelic Knight Press and Myself at the Stokers.


Lou and the Awesome Ms. Julie Jansen


Paul Dail-If you ever get the chance to watch him read live, take it! He's amazing.


Charles Day from Evil Jester Press and Myself. He talks like a wiseguy, it was so cool!


Robert Shane Wilson from Nightscape Press and Myself. Okay, we might have been drunk.....


Mark Scioneaux from Nightscape Press and Myself. Sitting at the Horror For Good table.


Mmmmmmm Cake Vodka, with Jennifer Fuckin Word!


The KHB Boys, doing what they do!


Dark Moon Crew from Left to Right: Julie Jansen, Jennifer Word, Myself, Lori Michelle and Max Booth III


8 Responses to “WHC 2012 Part 3: For The Love Of Stan!”

  • So awesome! Thanks for sharing that, C.W. I’m so jealous. I would love to meet the folks that we regularly chat with. I’d probably never leave!!


  • Thanks for the shout-out! Meeting people that I regularly talk to on Facebook was awesome. That, and making a lot of new friends. Can’t wait until next year in New Orleans. My sister is super stoked as well, she says “hi.”


    PS- I agree. Paul Dail’s reading was phenomenal. But you did very well yourself! If you’d only sung a little…Lol.

    • It was, wasn’t it? I hope to make the Stokers again next year as well. Tell your lovely sister HI. If I go, I think you may get the chance to meet MY sister!

  • Awesome. It was so much fun. Still kind of basking in the glow (and hoping to make it to another one… maybe KillerCon). I completely agree that most of the people I met were exactly like I envisioned them, and it was a great pleasure to be able to say as much.

    Wish I could’ve made more of the festivities. Next time, I’ll be sure to stay on site… and find you and your vodka (maybe whiskey for me, though 🙂

    Thanks again for the kind words about the reading. I had a good time and mostly just happy to have an audience.

    Hope you have a good week.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

  • LOVE IT!! I miss all the good times we had that weekend. What a terrific, professional and fun group of horror folk!! Look forward to seeing you all next year!!

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