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Gary Lee Vincent to appear at MAD MONSTER convention in Charlotte, NC, March 25-26, 2016

I will be attending the MAD MONSTER PARTY in Charlotte for the Friday and Saturday portion of the event.  For this special event, I will be with John Russo and  George A. Romero, creators of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD!

John and George will both have panels and photo ops at the show.  We will also have a small number of AUTOGRAPHED SCRIPTS from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, including a hardbound 50th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION.  The autographed scripts are limited numbered copies of the 1967 shooting script and contain handwritten notes.  They are official and signed by both George A. Romero and John Russo.  This special edition comes with an autographed copy of John Russo’s novel, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and a copy of the tribute anthology RISE OF THE DEAD, autographed by John Russo and myself (Gary Lee Vincent).

We will also have a very limited number of MY UNCLE JOHN IS A ZOMBIE T-Shirts and posters.  This film is our upcoming zombie movie slated to be released later this year. More details on the film are available here.

If you are in the Charlotte, NC, area be sure to check out MAD MONSTER.  It is going to be an excellent time!  For complete details and the full guest list, please visit:

http://madmonster.com/events/charlotte2016/index.php

Location:

SHERATON CHARLOTTE HOTEL
555 SOUTH MCDOWELL STREET
CHARLOTTE, NC  28204

 

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New tour stop added MOTOR CITY NIGHTMARES (Detroit – April 25-27, 2014)

This just in… I will be joining John Russo and George Kosanna at the Motor City Nightmares Horror Expo and Film Festival at the Novi Sheraton (Detroit area) Friday April 25 – Sunday, April 27, 2014).

John will be signing copies of his newest novel DEALEY PLAZA and I will be there with limited copies of my DARKENED series, including this year’s new release DARKENED SOULS.

Hope to see you there!

Event Website: http://www.motorcitynightmares.com/home

Motor City Nightmares 2014


New Tour Dates Announced

I am pleased to announce the following tour stops/book signings for Spring and Summer 2014:

March 21-23, 2014 Sharronville Convention Center Cincinnati, OH

March 21-23, 2014
Sharronville Convention Center
Cincinnati, OH

May 10, 2014 John S. Knight Center Akron, OH

May 10, 2014
John S. Knight Center
Akron, OH

Bizarre A.C. II - Atlantic City Horror Con

Bizarre A.C. II – Atlantic City Horror Con
The Tropicana Casino and Resort
June 13 – 15, 2014

Days Of The Dead Wyndham Indianapolis West June 27 - 29, 2014

Days Of The Dead
Wyndham Indianapolis West
June 27 – 29, 2014

WV Pop Culture Con

WV Pop Culture Con
Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV
August 23 – 24, 2014


Working through discouragement

Eerie Frequency Booth PicI am not a motivational speaker by trade, nor do I post a bunch of frivolous false impressions of how rosy life is.  For those who know me, I typically speak my mind.

I also do not like to dwell in the negative, which is why there are very few posts that I make that complain or put on the pretense of being a ‘victim of circumstance’.   I usually don’t think it’s worth the time to complain when I can be doing something more productive.

However, after the weekend I just went through, this might be a good time to pause and let my readers and friends know about some of the struggles an author goes though, as this is definitely newsworthy, educational, and in a way, entertaining.

I just came back from the Eerie Frequency Expo in Niles, OH.  Author and touring partner Rich Bottles Jr. accompanied me on the trip. Rich and I are both from West Virginia and the trip to Warren/Niles is over two hundred miles each way.

The Niles gig was the sixth and final stop on our Fall 2013 Tour.  There were actually supposed to be seven stops, but the West Virginia Book Festival (our crown jewel event) was cancelled this year (and may be cancelled permanently) by the promoter – the Kanawha Public Library due to funding.

Now of the six events, another was cancelled (a Uniontown show), and the three prior events – all conventions – had practically zero attendance.  Mind you, this was not just for our books, but zero attendance from the population in general.

I cannot begin to describe to you how discouraging it is to put your heart and soul into a product/book/etc. travel thousands of miles (over the course of a tour) and not have anyone show up. In all honesty, it screws with your head.

Broken glass in balcony doorAlthough these are downers, I believe the icing on the cake was this past event.  There were police raids at the event hotel on both nights of our stay, and last night ended with someone going through the balcony window in the room next to where I was staying.  (See broken glass in room on upper right of picture.)

During the ordeal, I quite expected to see some damage to my truck, as there was fighting and carrying on by all sorts of crazies.  This was, of course, at the hotel and not at the actual event venue.

So, now for the lesson…

I am not going to say that 2013 was a fantastic  year for book sales or conventions – no it blew, in fact.  It was disappointing for me, my touring friends, and our published authors at Burning Bulb Publishing.  We are a small press, but one who believes in each other and in putting out the very best, most interesting books we can, for the best price we can.  Ones that are edited nicely, typeset well, and have killer covers.  We do that well.

As for the conventions (cons)… that’s a different story.  I believe that the cons we have attended all had a couple things in common (and promoters, pay attention):

  1. They were marketed well to the VENDORS and not to the general public
  2. They CHARGED the general public (in addition to the vendors) for admission to the venue
  3. They were in locations that people WHO READ were not

For this, I take 100% responsibility for making poor choices in the cons I picked.  I chose locations within a three-hour drive versus biting the bullet and going to where the cons are properly marketed and draw in huge crowds.

It would be very easy to throw in the towel, especially after this last run, where we had lower-then-average sales at the past four of six con-stops, however… despite the discouragement and the hardship, Burning Bulb will:

  • Release Boston Posh by Wol-vriey in December 2013
  • Release Darkened Hills 4 (official title Darkened Souls) by your’s truly in December 2013
  • Release St. Albans Fire (a new erotic thriller) by your’s truly in Spring 2014
  • Release The Tailsman comic by your’s truly, Rich Bottles Jr., and Stuart Brown in Summer 2014
  • Only attend cons that have a track record of decent attendance and customer/fan interaction

This is my commitment to Burning Bulb’s future and to our writers and fans.  You deserve the best and we will deliver.

Never let bad venues or low turnout destroy your dreams.  Adjust and come back to the ring swinging!

Cheers!

Gary's Autograph


2013 Fall Book Tour Announced

I am pleased to announce that I will be appearing at several locations across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio in the upcoming months.  Come out to one of these fine places for a day of fun and say ‘hello’ while you’re there.  Here’s the tour schedule so far…

  • Saturday, October 12, 2013

    Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival*
    Frostburg State University
    Center For Creative Writing
    Downtown Frostburg, MD
    www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter/indie-lit-festival/
    Note: I will be part of a sci-fi/horror writer’s panel at 1PM

  • Saturday, October 19, 2013

    Bradley’s Book Store at the Uniontown Mall*
    1368 Mall Run Rd.
    Uniontown, PA  15401
    2PM – 4PM

  • Saturday, November 23 –
    Sunday, November 24, 2013

    Eerie Frequency Expo

    Eerie Frequency Film, Toy, Comic, & Pop Culture Expo
    Eastwood Expo Center
    Niles, OH
    www.eeriefrequencyexpo.com

* Indicates an appearance with horror author Rich Bottles Jr.


2011 Bizarro Tour Officially Over!

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Author, John Russo, DARKENED HILLS Author Gary Lee Vincent, and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD MOVIE "Sheriff" George Kosanna pose at one of the Horror Cons. All have stories in THE BIG BOOK OF BIZARRO by Burning Bulb Publishing.

It has been a long and crazy year, but the BIZARRO TOUR is officially over!

Over the past eight weeks, we have sold close to 200 books and I wanted to take this moment to personally thank each of you who have came out to the various conventions (cons) and book stores along the way to show your support.

Whether you purchased one of my titles (Darkened Hills, Darkened Hollows, or Passageway), one of Rich Bottles Jr.’s titles (Lumberjacked or Hellhole West Virginia), or went balls-out and grabbed our mutually-infamous The Big Book of Bizarro, your patronage is most appreciated.

Work is underway on Darkened Hills III (official title Darkened Waters) and I’ll keep fans updated here an on the official blog at www.DarkenedHills.com.

Until our next tour… happy holidays and happy reading,
Gary