Salt Lake Comic Con

March Updates: SLCC FanXperience Schedule & Redneck Eldritch Anthology

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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be on two awesome panels for Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience, taking place March 24-26 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. If you’re going to this amazing fan event, please do come listen to me, and to other authors and artists, as we discuss the Real Science in Science Fiction and the Universe of H.P. Lovecraft! The more people we have attending our panels, the more inclined event orchestrators will be to bring back these topics–and us contributors–again next year. So join us! And if you come to my panels, I might just bring some squishy foam brains to toss out that shamelessly plug my author blog. More on that later…

Here is my schedule!

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  • Thursday, March 24 — 5:00 PM: Real Science in Sci-Fi Literature and Film (Room 255F)
    Charlie Pulsipher, Sarah E. Seeley, John Steiner, Eric Swedin, Howard Tayler

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  • Saturday, March 26 — 8:00 PM: “Not Meant to Voyage Far”: Sceince in the Universe of H.P. Lovecraft (Room 255B)
    Nathan Croft, Sean Hoade, Sarah E. Seeley, Nathan Shumate, Eric Swedin, David J. West

Isn’t the shout-out artwork for these panels gorgeous? I’m so excited! And I will be selling books all three days at the Xchyler Publishing booth (Booth#ToBeDetermined in the vendors room). You can find more info by visiting saltlakecomiccon.com or browsing the panels here: http://saltlakecomiccon.com/fanx-2016-schedule/. I also keep my schedules for various events under my Events tab.

Oh, yes, and I mentioned squishy brains… Come to my panels, and the Xchyler Publishing booth, and I may give you a little souvenir that will look something like this (haven’t quite decided on the final design yet) (Now showing the updated design). I’ll even sign it for you, if you’d like–no purchase necessary! If you’re not into brains, no worries–I will also have a variety of bookmarks that shamelessly plug my fiction available for you to take at your leisure. :-)

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Redneck Eldrtich News

In honor of the forthcoming Redneck Eldritch anthology, a collection of Lovecraftian horror novelettes and shorts set in abandoned mines, small towns, weird trucks, creepy outhouses, and questionable swimming holes, Cold Fusion Media will be releasing story “sneak peeks” on their blog once a week until the collection comes out. You can check out the first sampler, “A Hole in the World” by Ian Welke, here: http://coldfusionmedia.us/redneck-eldritch-sneak-peek-a-hole-in-the-world-by-ian-welke/.

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(“Signal Boost is Appreciated” Cover Concept Art by Carter Reid)

The anthology is expected to come out in time for the World Horror Convention at the end of April. My story, “Mine of the Damned Gods,” is a [Lovecraftian-redneck] retelling of Oedipus Rex that will appear in this collection alongside stories by several fine authors, including D.J. Butler, Garrett Calcaterra, Jaleta Clegg, Robert J. Defendi, Steve Diamond, David Dunwoody, Eric Jepson, Robert Masterson, Nathan Shumate (our collaborator), Scott William Taylor, Brad R. Torgersen, David J. West, SM Williams, and more. (I’ll let you know if a sample of my story is selected to go up on the Cold Fusion Media site so you can go check it out).

Thank you to all my friends and followers who keep up with me here on my blog and my social media accounts. Your support means the world to me, and I’m off to a very exciting start this year.

Thoughts on Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

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Salt Lake Comic Con is an event best described in pictures and the five senses.

I stayed in a great hotel called the Hyatt House a few blocks away from the Salt Palace Convention Center. There I began each morning with a complimentary buffet breakfast of eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, french toast or pancakes with syrup, cottage cheese, and grapefruit slices. It was delicious. This amazing feast got my mornings off to a great start and fueled my days at the event.

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Selling books behind the booth was a wonderful experience. It was an opportunity to meet new people, and a gathering place for dozens of people I know and love that I haven’t seen in a while. There were plenty of hugs and handshakes to go around. Here we are setting up Thursday morning before the general masses arrive.

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And here are the awaiting masses buzzing with excitement as they gather in Saturday morning’s line outside the convention center.

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Sharing the row with familiar authors and artists was a lot of fun.

IMG_3153Sara Butler and I pretty much made plans to take over the world one book at a time.

IMG_3148Jay Barnson and John Olsen rocked their steampunk cosplays.

IMG_3151Holli Anderson and Jason King were super chill.

IMG_3171 Alyson Grauer flew in from Chicago to hang with the Xchyler Publishing clan, and Candice Thomas took up shop with the Rebel Alliance book booth in Artist Alley.

IMG_3188Paul Genesse was part of the Steampunk Rock Opera. Sadly, I could not attend said Steampunk Rock Opera because I had another great panel to be on at the same time.

IMG_3201 Johnny Worthen was really nice, and about as colorful as his tie-dye hat and t-shirt would lead you to believe–in a good way.

IMG_3223Jodi Milner went all out in cosplay on Saturday, enjoying the event as a VIP attendee.

IMG_3197And we got to sit next to this really nice, awesome guy…retired professional wrestler Ron Simmons.

Panels were a blast. Not only did I have fun discussing horror and the writing process, but I learned a lot about craft, technique, and perspectives from my fellow panelists. The audience members who came up with great questions and who expressed their delight in the topics we covered were the sweetest moments of the experience. I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who came and listened to us. We artists and authors wouldn’t be creating as much as we can and do without our audience. Here I am on the Outlining Vs. Discovery Writing panel, next to Larry Correia, Jill Williamson, Kevin J. Anderson, Charles E. Gannon, and Tyler Jolley. Special thanks to Scott Taylor for taking these.

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The creativity of the masses is exhilarating. From cosplay, to event activities, to celebrity guests, to vendors who come to sell the gamut from Dippin’ Dots and Thai food, to professionally manufactured geek gear and collectibles, to one-of-a-kind artwork, custom costuming, and accessories. There was so much to see. Here were some of my favorite costumes and displays.

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IMG_3183Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po disguised as the Emperor’s concubines, from Disney’s Mulan.

IMG_3191A Star Wars AT-AT Walker balloon sculpture. Guy with a near-empty gallon of orange juice sits behind it for scale…

This epic headless horseman animatronic from Nightmare on 13th Haunted House in Salt Lake City.

IMG_3199Oh, yes, and I met The Devil…

The enticing smell of cinnamon roasted almonds, hot food, and cotton candy seemed to follow me everywhere I went. I inevitably walked away with a few sweets as well as a couple of t-shirts, fossils, a poster, a World Horror Convention membership, and lots of new friends.

Thanks to everyone who made this event so memorable in so many ways. There was so much talent gathered in one place, and the enthusiasm was through the roof. Until next year, Salt Lake Comic Con!

Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 Schedule

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The official panel schedule for Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 is live! The event will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center September 24-26. I will be in attendance all three days, though I only have panels Thursday and Friday.

Here is what I’ll be up to:

Thursday, September 24

  • 3:00 PM: Outlining vs. Discovery Writing (Room 255F)
    Kevin J. Anderson, Larry Correia, David Farland, Tracy Hickman, Tyler Jolley (Moderator), Sarah E. Seeley, Jill Williamson

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Friday, September 25

  • 3:00 PM: Classifying Fear: Is There a Difference Between Horror and Suspense? (Room 151A)
    Jason A. Anderson, Michael R. Collings, Richard Kadrey, Adrienne Monson, Bree Ogden, Sarah E. Seeley, Nathan Shumate
    *Update Added Friday, Sept. 18
  • 8:00 PM: God and the Devil in Horror (Room 150G)
    Jason A. Anderson, Michael R. Collings, Michaelbrent Collings, Angela Hartley, John Morehead, Sarah E. Seeley, Sean Smithson (Moderator)

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*Selling Books at Dealer Table Black 17 all three days!
(Look for the Xchyler Publishing banners)

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To see the full panelist schedule, follow this link: http://saltlakecomiccon.com/2015-panel-schedule/

To see the full vendor list, follow this link: http://saltlakecomiccon.com/2015-vendor-lists/
(Scroll down and find the red box that says “Click Here to View Booth Number Assignments” for spreadsheets and relative maps of the vendor area).

To see my online conference portfolio, follow this link or click on my picture above: http://saltlakecomiccon.com/portfolio-item/sarah-e-seeley/

My schedule is also available in the “Events” tab of my blog should you be looking for it in the weeks to come.

See you there!

September Writing Updates

I haven’t posted updates on my writing and events in a while, mostly because I’ve been waiting for some things to fall into place before I have any details to share. I decided I couldn’t wait any longer, so here’s what’s up.

I will be attending Salt Lake Comic Con this year as a panelist. I have not, at this time, received my schedule. When I do, I will eagerly post it so you all will know where to find me. I’ll also be selling my books at the Xchyler Publishing booth in the vendor area, table Black 17.

A couple weeks ago, I signed a contract with Curiosity Quills Press to publish my novelette “The Armadillo’s Song” in a collection of work based on Steven L. Peck’s A Short Stay in Hell. This anthology, organized by James Wymore and Dr. Peck, is tentatively titled Windows into Hell. I’m extremely excited to be included in this work alongside some fabulous authors.

Currently, I have two short stories and one poem out on submission to magazines. My main work in progress for the near future is finishing up the novel-length expansion of “Curio Cay” (my steampunk novelette which came out in Steel and Bone this June).

Exciting things are in the works. Thanks everyone for all of your support. For anyone planning to be in Utah in a couple weeks, I’ll see you at Comic Con!

Sarah E. Seeley is a fantasy and horror author, and an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in geology and loves exploring the science of human origins.

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