S.G. Browne

Breathers in Pittsburgh Part II

So I’m back from Pittsburgh, where I spent the weekend at the Horror Realm Convention meeting lots of new writers, hanging out with a bunch of great people, and watching movie clips from a bunch of low budget 60’s and 70’s horror films with titles like Cannibal Girls, The Hanging Woman, and Scream Baby Scream.

Though my favorite movie clip was from the classic The Vampires Night Orgy, which prompted a discussion about how vampires have the best orgies, werewolves have the best pajama parties, and zombies have the best pot lucks. Though I can’t take credit for the discussion. That goes to Emily Fear and Maureen White of Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Pittsburgh, who graciously hosted me at their booth for the weekend signing books with Jonathan Maberry and eating gummy body parts.

In addition to the wonderful staff at Joseph-Beth, I met a bunch of zombie authors from Library of the Living Dead and Permuted Press, including, Rhiannon Frater, Eric S. Brown, Rob Fox, Kody Boye, Kim Paffenroth, and James Melzer, among others. You can read about all of the authors on the Author Page of the Horror Realm web site.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Pus, the force behind Library of the Living Dead, as well as Rebecca May, Sandy Stuhlfire, Rich Dalzotto, and the rest of the organizers of Horror Realm. Having never traveled to an event on the east coast south of Manhattan (and even then, not since 2002), I hadn’t met the majority of those who attended the convention but soon found myself enjoying their company and sharing in the camaraderie of the weekend.

However, in addition to the wonderful memories, I also brought a cold back with me from Pittsburgh and have been laid up the last couple of days trying to kick it out of my apartment, so if you’ll excuse me, I have to go exorcise my germs with some green tea and a shot of vitamin C.

Next time I’ll talk about why I think Tom Cruise should win the lifetime achievement award for running in movies.

Filed under: Breathers,The Writing Life — Tags: , , , — S.G. Browne @ 8:21 pm


  1. I, too, came down with a nasty cold. Those rascal zombies – if they’re not trying to tear you apart piece by piece, they’re infecting you with diseases, both live and undead variations.

    As additional thanks for being of such good humor this weekend, I offer you this easy recipe to the ultimate health soup. It’s got a lot of garlic in it, so if you’re suffering an abundance of vampires, you’ll be cleared of that as well.
    – About six to eight cloves of garlic, minced
    – Small white onion, minced
    – Mushrooms – chopped [optional]
    – Firm tofu – sliced into short, thin strips [optional]
    – 2 cups of vegetable stock
    – 2 teaspoons miso
    – 1 tsp soy sauce
    – Saute garlic and onion in a few tablespoons of olive oil till onion is translucent
    – Add mushrooms and tofu [if using], cook for a minute or two
    – Add vegetable stock, heat until boiling, then reduce heat
    – Combine miso with soy sauce
    – Add miso-soy combo to stock.
    – Turn up heat and stir – heat for a few minutes, then consume as soon as possible.

    You can also eat six bananas and drink a half gallon of orange juice in one sitting, like machine gunning your illness with nutrients.

    Comment by Emily — September 22, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

  2. I think you can blame me for your cold. I was hit hard all weekend and I believe I infected everyone I touched. Which was pretty much the entire con. Hope you feel better soon.

    It was great meeting you, Scott. Can’t wait to dive into Breathers!

    Comment by James Melzer — September 23, 2009 @ 3:12 am

  3. It was so nice meeting you Saturday night, Scott. Everyone at HR was so nice, it made the weekend that much better. Hope you’re feeling better soon. Apparently, it’s my turn to use the cold now. *cough*

    Comment by Jenny Hudock — September 25, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

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