Day 76 – Scares That Care

I went to Scares That Care this weekend. It was the first time I’d gone to the event, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Scares is a charity event that sponsors families suffering from childhood illness, breast cancer, and burns. They raise a significant amount of money to help these people. It’s a great cause that The Tall One and I are interested in helping out with next year.

One of the best things about this event is the size of it. There aren’t a lot of people there, so rather than spend two hours waiting for an autograph, you can walk right over and shoot the shit with an author. It’s great.

Anyway, I went for the first time this year and had a blast. I got to meet some great authors and actors and bought too many books. Unfortunately, I didn’t take many pictures or get books from a few people I meant to. Damn beer. But I did get some good ones.

First up, we met Kane Hodder. He literally yelled at us as we walked by because we didn’t stop at his table. We probably talked to him for thirty minutes or more, which was cool. Then he bought The Tall One a shot at the bar and did another round of shots with us that evening. Kane was a really cool dude who seems to intimidate the hell out of everyone else at the convention. The amount of authors who were concerned for us because we were meeting him for drinks was hilarious. He gave me shit, I gave it back, and everything was a ton of fun. He was a big fan of The Tall One.

Shots of Jack with Kane Hodder gets a thumbs up from me.

There were a ton of authors there, some I knew, most I didn’t. People I stupidly didn’t get pictures with were Tim Meyer, Russell James, Somer Cannon, Armand Rosamilia, Chuck Buda, Jeff Strand, Wrath James White, Jonathan Maberry, and a ton of others. I spent hours talking with everyone and didn’t get pictures. I suck.

Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box, was there. We talked to him for quite a while. Great guy. Very generous with his time. Killer writer too. Dude is tall as hell.

Beside Malerman was another skyscraper in Paul Tremblay. I don’t know what they’re feeding the horror authors these days, but they’re all giants. If you haven’t read Paul’s work, then stop reading this stupid post and go get A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock. Also a super nice guy that had to deal with our weirdness for much too long.

And of course, I got to meet Joe Bob Briggs. Anyone who knows me understands the influence Joe Bob had on my teenage years. He’s one of four writers who were instrumental in the development of my writing style. The guy is fucking hilarious. And extremely humble.

He has a show that he tours around called How Rednecks Saved Hollywood. It’s part lecture, part stand-up comedy, part history lesson, all awesome. We caught it on Friday night and waited to get autographs and pictures afterward. While he was signing some copies of his books and a bad ass Monstervision poster, I told him how influential he was to me.

The dude got awkward and tried to deflect. It was funny and impressive and made me even more of a fan.

We only chatted him up a bit that night, but were able to stop by his table on Saturday. Twice. Probably spent another 20 or 30 minutes with him. We talked movies and writing and shitty airlines. A very funny, very sharp dude. And he’s goddamn huge. When he stood up to take a picture he towered over me. I’m 6’3″ to give you some perspective.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention his partner-in-crime, Darcy The Mail Girl. She has more professional names than I have novels, so I’ll just stick with calling her Darcy for this blog. Just in the short time we were able to converse with her, she was great. It seemed to me that she wanted to take a backseat to Joe Bob during the signings, which makes sense. But that’s a shame, because she was a lot of fun to talk to. She’s a huge part of the resurgence of Joe Bob, appointment TV on Shudder, and in the horror genre in general. She should be celebrated for it.

If you get to meet her, ask about Hogzilla. She lights up like a Christmas tree. It’s a great conversation to have – you won’t be disappointed.

There’s so much more to talk about when it comes to the convention, but this post is already too long. There were tons of great costumes and panels and vendors. If you love the genre, then you’ll love this con. I’ll leave you with this killer costume of Hellgirl. She made it herself and won the costume contest on Saturday. Very impressive work from anyone, let alone such a young lady.

See ya tomorrow.