Based in the East Bay Area of sunny California, Ben Monroe is a writer and communications consultant. He is interested in the ways that traditional storytelling methods can be used in advertising, corporate communications, and other non-traditional ways.

Horror fans are the best fans

Horror fans are the best fans

Last weekend was the first big in-person promotion for Tales for the Camp Fire. Spent the weekend with the rest of the local HWA crew at the Bay Area Book Festival, where we sold out of the book on the first day, and sold a ton more on the second.

Every time we sold a copy of the book, it was a jovial madhouse, as everyone at the booth grabbed pens to sign them. Not often you can buy an anthology and get almost a dozen of the authors to sign the book right in front of you. Sort of the literary equivalent of getting a pizza hot out of the oven, I suppose.

I was really happy to see how excited people were about the book. The idea really resonated with so many folks; I lost track of how many people we talked to that said that they or someone close to them had been directly affected by the fire.  I don’t know what the word is that means both proud and humbled, but that’s how I spent the weekend.

I'm really proud of the effort we put into it, and the local horror community for pulling together to make this project happen. Kudos to Loren RhoadsE.M. Markoff, and L.s. Johnson for all their work putting the book together, and to all of the other contributors for donating their time and talent to the project.

We even got a nice shoutout in a paper close to the area affected by the fire.

I've known this for years, but horror fans are the best, with the biggest hearts, and this weekend really proved it.

We’ve other signings and author events lined up over the next few months. Most in the SF Bay Area, so not accessible to everyone, but join our Facebook Page for info.

Scary Stories for a Good Cause

Scary Stories for a Good Cause