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bsaenz24
09-16-2011, 03:05 PM
Ok, I don't think there's a thread for this already, but here goes either wway...


Which of your favorite authors have you been able to meet in person so far and who's left on your bucket list of author signings to attend?

My favoriate that I have met so far have been:

Ray Bradbury
Stephen King
Peter Straub (X2)
Dan Simmons
Robert Jordan (X3)
Tad Williams
George R. R. Martin (X2)(Before his uber-success post HBO)
Anne Rice (back when I still read her)
Clive Barker
Robin Hobb


My bucket list includes:

Robert McCammon
Stephen R Donaldson

Dan Hocker
09-16-2011, 03:10 PM
Robert Jordan (X3)


I hate you for this Brad..... just kidding.

bsaenz24
09-16-2011, 03:16 PM
Dan, I asked him to signed his true full name on a few and he signed some loan lng string of names like Robert of James Oliver Rigney Jordan. I'm pretty sure its the longest signature I have!! Oh and my signed copy of Eye of thr World is a first/first! ;)

Dan Hocker
09-16-2011, 03:20 PM
Dan, I asked him to signed his true full name on a few and he signed some loan lng string of names like Robert of James Oliver Rigney Jordan. I'm pretty sure its the longest signature I have!! Oh and my signed copy of Eye of thr World is a first/first! ;)

I'm going off to hire some ninja assassins..... I'll be back later.

bsaenz24
09-16-2011, 03:42 PM
I'm going off to hire some ninja assassins..... I'll be back later.

Make sure you tell them to pick up the books signed by "Terrance Dean Brooks"!! ;)

TerryE
09-16-2011, 03:48 PM
Stephen King (x2)
Neil Gaiman (x2)
and I met/worked with Tom Monteleone, F. Paul Wilson, Douglas Winter, Elizabeth Massie and David Morell at a Borderlands Press Boot Camp several years ago.
and in a different genre, when I was I kid I had Brooks Robinson sign his autobiography "Third Base is My Home".

And just a couple weeks ago I had Bernie Wrightson add his signatures to King's in "Creepshow" and "Cycle of the Werewolf" and had Charles Vess add to Neil's on their collaboration "Stardust".

I think the ultimate on my bucket list would be Ray Bradbury. I'd love to meet William Peter Blatty and Clive Barker, too.

bsaenz24
09-16-2011, 03:54 PM
I think the ultimate on my bucket list would be Ray Bradbury. I'd love to meet William Peter Blatty and Clive Barker, too.

Meeting Bradbury was equal to a Wayne's World "We're not worthy" moment.

One of the times I met Barker was at a museum in Chicago which was feature about 6 or so piece of Abarat art. Very cool to see them "live"!

frik51
09-16-2011, 04:33 PM
Man, this thread almost convinces me to move back to the American continent. Most authors don't bother visiting my part of the globe..
I did shake hands with Clive Barker, though, in London, and Raymond Feist took the trouble to travel to Rotterdam for a lecture.
That's it, I'm afraid.

sk

Ben Staad
09-16-2011, 05:18 PM
Man, this thread almost convinces me to move back to the American continent. Most authors don't bother visiting my part of the globe..
I did shake hands with Clive Barker, though, in London, and Raymond Feist took the trouble to travel to Rotterdam for a lecture.
That's it, I'm afraid.

sk

I wouldn't worry about it frik...I live in the states and haven't meet anyone besides Victor Gischler. For whatever reason no one seems to come anywhere near my part of the country.

TerryE
09-16-2011, 05:28 PM
I wouldn't worry about it frik...I live in the states and haven't meet anyone besides Victor Gischler. For whatever reason no one seems to come anywhere near my part of the country.

You're in Florida. Over the past couple years, it's been the best place to see King. Or are you far away from Sarasota.

Ben Staad
09-16-2011, 06:06 PM
You're in Florida. Over the past couple years, it's been the best place to see King. Or are you far away from Sarasota.

Maybe I was being a bit to literal here...I saw King at the UTD event at the Van Wetzel theater a few years ago. I didn't get to meet him per se only listen to him on stage. To answer you question I'm only about an hour and a half to an hour and forty five minutes away.

TerryE
09-16-2011, 06:21 PM
Hey, that's almost close enough to hang around town once in a while (during the winter) and catch an incidental sighting. Years ago, I made a trip to Maine, just to see Stephen King country. While in Bangor, I drove past the house (of course) and later stopped at Bett's Bookstore. They had a copy of the Grant Dark Tower and I asked about it. The one clerk in the store said he didn't know anything about the special books, but said to come back the next day when the owner would be around. So the next day I returned and met the great Stu Tinker. When I asked about the book, he asked if I was the one that came in the day before, and I said yes. Then he told me that "Steve came in just about an hour or so after you left." I hurt my knee kicking myself.

Greenelk
09-20-2011, 06:16 AM
I once stalked Christopher Fowler, until I finally caught him.... :eek:

Though CF had done it to himself - a few years back when he released his childhood memoirs he did a series of treasure hunts around london, leaving signed copies of books, and posting clues on his blog. I turned up to two locations minutes after another fan (well, I work in London, and they weren't going to miss be if I was gone for the odd hour)

I finally managed success when a clue was posted for a park I knew was about 5 minutes away from my office, so I ran (yes, really) out of the office, jumped in a cab, and made it there quickly, despite the traffic in central London. No book. Just as I thought I was too late yet again, who should I spot wandering into the park, but Mr Fowler, clutching a pile of books. So I had a nice chat with him, and then he said he had to put the books down, so I could find them, rather than just handing them over, left me with signed, dated and remarqued copies of the first 6 Bryant & May books. It was fair to say I was quite happy that day!

Tito_Villa
09-20-2011, 08:47 AM
Had a great evening with Joe Hill, he really is a nice bloke!

Me, my sister and Joe
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Joe%20Hill/383.jpg
Joe during the reading
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Joe%20Hill/371.jpg
And me with the books that he signed for me and friends
http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz116/tito_villa/Joe%20Hill/382.jpg

srboone
09-20-2011, 09:30 AM
Outstanding, Tom! Congrats. Of course, pics will be forthcoming...:D

Tito_Villa
09-20-2011, 09:55 AM
Yeah i still need to post pics of my Joe Hill collection but to do that i need to borrow my girlfriends camera!

srboone
09-20-2011, 10:11 AM
How many thousands of pounds spent on books and remarques and specialty slipcases? You can't spare a hundred for a camera?;)

Tito_Villa
09-20-2011, 11:38 AM
How many thousands of pounds spent on books and remarques and specialty slipcases? You can't spare a hundred for a camera?;)

Haha well in my defence my phone was my camera and i could easily upload them to my labtop until it died, now i can't find the cd for the phone software to install on my girlfriends labtop :)

srboone
09-20-2011, 11:55 AM
Just a friendly jab in the ribs across the pond. My PC died 2 weeks ago and I was without a computer for 4 days. Lots of reading time!

Tito_Villa
09-20-2011, 12:08 PM
Just a friendly jab in the ribs across the pond. My PC died 2 weeks ago and I was without a computer for 4 days. Lots of reading time!

Oh i know and i might put one or two of my old pics up later!

TerryE
09-20-2011, 01:24 PM
I need to catch one of Joe's signings. Got to see Owen & Tabby at the 3 Kings event a few years ago, but didn't have anything for them to sign.

cdfan
09-20-2011, 03:47 PM
So far I've only met two authors, Jack Ketchum and Barry Eisler. Both were great to meet, they weren't just quick signings. In both instances I was able to stand there and talk with them, ask questions etc.

Martin
09-20-2011, 08:20 PM
I have only attended three author events:
1. Stephen King reading from Lisey's Story and taking questions. The question period brought a new level of respect for Mr. King's mind. When asked a question he would begin to answer it then go off on a story that he could relate to the question and after
several minutes he would come full circle and directly answer the question. By then I had forgotten that a question had been asked to start the story.
2. Peter Straub reading from Mr. X. This one was interesting to me because I had a chance to have a conversation with Mr. Straub. The event was at Powell's and I arrived early because I did not know what to expect. I owned five Straub books and brought them all plus bought Mr. X. I asked the clerk how many he would be signing, his response was that each author was different and I should bring in everything I had just in case. I brought them all and sat them under my chair right in front of the podium and began reading Mr. X. While I was reading Mr. Straub came in and sat next to me. It was still early and I think I was the only person who realized who he was. I asked questions about a few of his stories and about the book tour, he was on the next to last stop and said that he took a nap when he got to his hotel room and had to call someone to find out what city he was in when he awoke. After his reading I was the first to get signatures since I was directly in front of him, I mentioned that I did not know what he was willing to sign so I brought everything and showed him a stack of books. He replied that since I had purchased the new book he would be happy to sign everything I had. He even commented on the pristine condition of my first edition of Ghost Story. He was a very pleasant person to speak to.
3. Joe Hill reading from Horn's. He was a genuinely funny man and had the crowd laughing much of the time. I also got to ask a question which got me a set of Horn's. He asked people with over three items to sign to wait until people with three or less got their items signed, I thought this was a good way to deal with this. He also signed my Horn's!

RonClinton
09-26-2011, 12:25 AM
*Stephen King (BAG OF BONES tour)
*Clive Barker
*Robert McCammon (BOY'S LIFE tour)
*F. Paul Wilson
*Tim Lebbon (HC)
*Jack Ketchum (HC)
*Norman Partridge (HC)
*Joe Lansdale
*Simon Clark (HC)
*Peter Straub
*Donald Westlake
*Joe Hill (HORNS tour)
*Edward Lee (w/ John Pelan)
*Dan Simmons

There are more, of course, but those are the "big names" that I've met @ signings that leap immediately to mind.

HC: HorrorCon2001

bsaenz24
09-26-2011, 01:14 AM
*Robert McCammon (BOY'S LIFE tour)


Robert McCammon and Stephen R Donaldson are the only two authors left on by book signing bucket list!!

RonClinton
09-26-2011, 02:01 AM
Robert McCammon and Stephen R Donaldson are the only two authors left on by book signing bucket list!!
From what I recall (and from what I've seen and read since), he was and is an awfully nice guy w/ real southern charm.

Probably my top bucket list author would be Ray Bradbury. I've never had the pleasure to meet him in person, and would love to. Oh, and Richard Matheson and Ed Gorman. Bentley Little. There are a lot of deceased authors I would have loved to have met in person -- Robert Bloch (exchanged one letter), Richard Laymon (talked to him on the phone once) and Hugh Cave (exchanged many letters), for example -- but that's all moot now.

Thought of another "big name" author I've met @ a signing: David Morrell.

Tito_Villa
09-26-2011, 01:37 PM
Anyone else UK based off to the 2011 Fantasy Convention in Brighton this weekend? I'm really looking forward to going and seeing loads of authors!

frik51
09-26-2011, 03:12 PM
Wish I could join you, Tom!
Have a great time; do let us know how things went!

sk

Greenelk
09-26-2011, 09:57 PM
Anyone else UK based off to the 2011 Fantasy Convention in Brighton this weekend? I'm really looking forward to going and seeing loads of authors!

Sadly no, day job and weekend job of kids football coach has stopped me going. A very good looking convention. I'm sure you'll have a great time! (Yes, I'm jealous)