The Short Pale Writer in the Long Black Coat at All-Con This Weekend

“There is a correlation between the creative and the screwball. So we must suffer the screwball gladly.” – Kingman Brewster

Quick, short post from the Short Pale Writer in the Long Black Coat.
I will be at the fantasy, science fiction, anime, etc, fan convention All-Con in Dallas (really Addison) this weekend. Here’s the link to the website:  And here is the All-Con Facebook page. 

I will on discussion panels Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Come check out this awesome event and drop by for my panels. There is a listing of the panel descriptions on the web page but here’s a run down of the ones I will be on:

What Scares the Boogeyman? Horror anthology panel, 8:00 PM Friday, with Stormy Medina, and Bev Hale

How Did You Come Up With That Idea? Saturday 5:00 PM, With Stormy Medina

The Source of Creativity, with a flash fiction writing exercise, Sunday 11:00 AM, with Jenn Monty

Dark Fantasy & Horror, Sunday 1:00PM, with Jenn Monty

Anthologies: An opportunity for new writers, Sunday 3:00 PM, with Stormy Medina

Come see me and my fellow writers, editors, and friends. There are a lot of things going on at this event, including performances both Saturday at 7:00PM  and Sunday at 10:00 AM by Darwin Prophet & the Chronus Mirror.

“It may be that those who do most, dream most.” – Stephen Leacock





LibertyCon 25 2012 Convention After Action Report

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”

-Jamie Paolinetti

Well I’m finally getting around to posting my report about LibertyCon 25 which took place the weekend of July 20-22, 2012 at the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel. I also upload photos on my facebook page and in some of the relvant groups I am a member of like The Irredeemable Order of Hellions and The Fictioneers. I had a great time hanging out with fellow Hellion authors  Janet Morris, Chris Morris, Michael H. Hanson, Jack Finley, Sarah Hulcy, David Burkhead, Michael Z. Williamson, Richard Groller, and Julie Cochrane.

Kudos as always to Janet Morris and Chris Morris for creating the Heroes in Hell series without which none of this fun would have taken place. Thanks for making me a part of this fantastic series that I’ve been a fan of for over 25 years. Also a big thanks to Richard Groller for bringing so many of us authors together by having us as guests at LibertyCon. Thanks also to Uncle Timmy who created and runs LibertyCon for having us again. It has become our annual meeting of the Hellions and I hope will continue to be so for many years to come.

This year we decided to hold a party for both The Fictioneers writers club and the Irredeemable Order of Hellions fan club for the Heroes in Hell series and Perseid Publishing.  It was also our book launch party for the newest anthology in the Heroes in hell series, Rogues in Hell.  I think the party was a success and I made many new friends and gained new fans for the HiH series and the upcoming book Sha’Daa Pawns created by Michael Hanson and edited by Edward McKeown. Michael also had a bunch of cupcakes made for the party with icing that looked like alien heads for the Fictioneers and flames for the Hellions. They were awesome sugary goodness and a real hit. Thanks to everyone who came out and partied with us. It was a hell of a good time! To join the Hellions online on Facebook for fun and interaction with Hellion authors and fans just click on the link above or right here.

Several of us Hellion authors also took turns staffing the Perseid Publishing table to sell and sign books. It was a great experience and loads of fun. There is something really satisfying about sitting behind a table stacked with books some of which have your stories published inside them like Lawyers in Hell and Rogues in Hell.  Also on this table were books from another of my favorite series, by Janet Morris and Chris Morris; The Sacred Band, Tempus With His Right-Side Companion Niko, Beyond Sanctuary, and The Fish, the Fighters, and the Song-Girl. Also Michael Hanson had copies of Sha’Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse, Sha’Daa: Last Call, and his poetry collections Jubilant Whispers and Autumn Blush.

I got to be on some great discussion panels, like the Rogues in Hell panel where the attending Hellion authors got to talk about our new book. Also the What Scares the Boogeyman panel where we got to talk about the soon to be published horror anthology that John Manning is putting together which will feature my story “Shadow of a Doubt.” We also had a cool piece of artwork drawn just for the panel by Michael Bielaczyc that was outstanding. And thanks to author Larry Niven for attending our panel  and contributing his thoughts on the horror genre. And then there were the paranormal panels I got to be on with Joe McKeel and Paul Cagle about EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), Ghost Busting, and Joe’s Remote Viewing panel that he let me sit in on.

All in all it was a fun, busy, and exhausting weekend and as I always seem to do at conventions I made a lot of new friends. And it was a blast seeing my old friends as well, many whom I only see in person once a year, even if we talk online a lot. I really can’t wait for LibertyCon again next year. I hope you will join me for a hell of a good time.

Bringing a Little Hell to LibertyCon

“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” -Mark Twain

I recently attended my first literary convention as a published author and guest. LibertyCon 24 was an incredibly fun experience, and I met many authors, fans, convention promoters, and convention staff, while I was there. Since the book I had my first short story published inside, Lawyers in Hell, had just been released, it was also my first chance to get my hands on my own personal copies of the book in hardcover and trade paperback. Opening it up and seeing my story title, “Remember, Remember, Hell in November” with my name beside it was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life so far. It has been my dream to have a story published since I was a teenager in high school, and now it had finally come true.

The next best thing that happened was when I signed in at the convention registration table and got my packet with my T-shirt, schedule and ID badge and it said: Larry Atchley Jr,  AUTHOR. Oh what a thrill that was to pull the lanyard over my head and wear that badge, proclaiming to the rest of the world that yes, I am an author, thank you very much! Then I looked over the schedule and I was part of several panels where I and the other authors could discuss our stories, perform readings, sign books, and in general behave as authors do at conventions. A bonus was that I was on a panel for a forthcoming book of poetry call The Book of Night, that would feature one of my poems as well, and I would get to read my poem to the attendees of the panel. On top of all this excitement, I was meeting many of my fellow authors who had written stories for Lawyers in Hell, whom I had communicated with entirely through Facebook and emails for the last 8 months or so. Those authors who made it to LibertyCon this year:  “Mad” Mike Williamson, Sarah Hulcy, John Manning, Leo Champion, Michael Hanson, Allan Gilbreath, Kimberly Richardson, Julie Cochran, David Burkhead, Richard Groller, Jason Cordova, Sara Harvey.  Amongst these authors, were the reason that I was given a chance to become a published author and part of the Heroes in Hell Series I had so loved since a teenager. Janet Morris and Chris Morris, who edited and wrote for the Lawyers in Hell book, and had created the Heroes in Hell series, had invited me to join the Lawyers in Hell project and  submit my story to them back in October of 2010. Without them I would not be published yet, and I certainly wouldn’t be a guest author at a convention. It was really great meeting them, and being able to listen to them talk about their experiences in the writing and publishing industry, and about all kinds of other interesting topics.  

Kudos go out to another person responsible for my being a guest at LibertyCon, and that is fellow author and convention organizer, Richard Groller, who arranged for all of us Hellions, as we authors for the series are called, to be invited to the convention. He and his wife Tish did an excellent job of running things and making sure we all had what we needed and had a good time. I would like to thank everyone on the staff at LibertyCon fo making me feel so welcome and special as a guest for my first time.  Also, the food and refreshments at the convention were really great, everything was fresh and tasty and I don’t think I went hungry at all during the whole weekend. A really special moment was when during the opening ceremony for the convention all of the guest authors names were called and we were asked to stand for a round of applause. Another was being asked by fans who bought the book to sign it for them.

Then I got to put on the official launch party for the fan club and community that I started for the Heroes in Hell series and also to support The Sacred Band series.  The Irredeemable Order of Hellions was something I thought up a few months ago to help bring fans of the books together, and be able to interact with the authors. We had a projector set up to run the book trailer videos that Kerlak Publishing had done for The Sacred Band, and that our own Zombie Zak had produced for Lawyers in Hell and the Heroes in Hell series. I had printed and laminated a bunch of badges for the authors to wear and to give out to fans who came by the party. I also had a poster made and framed that we set up on a stand in the room. It was great fun meeting all the fans and authors who dropped by for the party. The LibertyCon staff were a great help setting up and helping to run the party. I could not have done it without them, especially Rich, Liz and Tish who were especially helpful.

It was a thrilling, exhausting ride of fun and excitement, laughs and deep discussions. I made a lot of new friends, and I can’t wait until next year!