I should have posted about this sooner, but last week, I participated in a book signing for Dead Stars and Stone Arches: A Collection of Utah Horror at the grand opening of the Legendarium bookstore and café! Several of the authors and poets were there. We each read a paragraph or two from our stories and poems, then signed about 20-30 books. It was fun to chat with other Utah writers and horror fans.
Since I’m an introvert, I was nervous about doing the reading and thought about backing out, but I’m glad I went. Since there were several other writers there, there wasn’t that much pressure on me and everyone was really supportive of everyone else. I received positive comments about my story from someone who’d already read it and people who liked my reading. It was exciting to talk to a fan in person.
The fact Legendarium is within walking distance of my house was icing on the cake. It’s a really cool place with stained glass depictions of Star Wars and Good Omens characters in the windows and the café has a sign saying they serve breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, and so forth. I’m definitely going to be going back there again.
My story, “Fog of Sand”, takes place in Salt Lake City in the not-too-distant future after the Great Salt Lake has dried up and become a dust bowl. Unfortunately, the Great Salt Lake actually is drying up and has already started becoming a dust bowl.
Someone commented that my story would be hard to read because it’s too real. Not to worry! My story also features a weird cult and the ancient god Erra, so there’s some escapism in there too. If you’re interested, you can ready my story, as well as several other great stories and poems, in Dead Stars and Stone Arches from Timber Ghost Press.