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.... Sorry for the short notice on this one, but:

Wayward Coffeehouse has been having a regular "Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author Reading Series" for a while now, and they decided my work was close enough to fit in.

We've had this scheduled for a while, and there were supposed to be one or two other authors scheduled to read that night? And for all I know, there still are, but I've never heard any confirmation about who they might be. I'd been planning on promoting this more when I had the other writers' names to announce, but, well, here we are at the last minute. :)

So come out and see me! I'll most likely be reading "Tuesday Calling" and "The Wedding Present" unless anyone else has any special requests, and probably something else besides, time permitting.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author Reading - Michael Montoure, others TBA
Wayward Coffeehouse
8570 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA 98103


Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:06 am
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And now for another installment of Short Notice Theater:

Going to be at Crypticon this weekend?

I'm going to be doing a reading on Saturday at 10:30pm in the Olympic Room.

If you like horror, you should really come, and not just for my reading -- the con was a lot of fun last year, and I got to meet a lot of familiar faces from horror movies I know and love. Hope to see your smiling and/or terrified faces as well. Cheers!


Aug. 29th, 2008 01:35 pm
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I keep forgetting to mention, but I finished my website redesign for my new employers, CourtTrax. Let me know what you think.

In other news, I broke down and started a Twitter account yesterday. I'm icebluenothing there, as well. I keep having stray thoughts I want to get out of my head that are too tiny to bother to make an LJ post about, and until now I've been using my "status" on Facebook for such things, but I've gradually reached a point where that was pretty much the only thing I was doing on Facebook, so, yeah. I'm probably just going to use Twitter instead and let my Facebook account languish. If you've got a Twitter account, let me know.
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Everybody Kills Somebody, Sometime -- Friday, 11:00 a.m., Evergreen 2
What are the rules for traumatizing, maiming, and killing fictional characters believably? Learn the gentle arts of fictional murder from the experts.
Michael Montoure (M), Michael Ehart, Pat MacEwen, James H. Cobb

The Creepy Doll: Fear of the Inanimate in Horror -- Friday, 5:00 p.m., Cascade 9
There's always a jack-in-the- box, voodoo doll, Chatty Cathy, or a toy such as a top or a ball that invokes chills and a sense of doom. How does an author or an artist create a sense of menace from an inanimate object? Why are we scared of these things and how do writers, artists, and film makers use this fear? What are the great “creepy dolls” of horror?
Chris Bruscas (M), Michael Montoure, Andrew Migliore, Sean “McBastard” Prather

Because I'm Evil -- Sunday, 10:00 a.m., Cascade 10
What would Star Wars be without Darth Vader? What would Peter Pan be like if Captain Hook had been competent? A good villain can define a hero and make a story great but a poor villain can make a mockery of an otherwise good tale. Come explore the important contributions made by the Dark Side.
Michael Montoure (M), Janine Ellen Young, Irene Radford, Steven Barnes
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Norwescon totally snuck up on me and pounced this year. I still can't believe it starts, well, tomorrow. I'm not in the Art Show this year -- missed a deadline -- and I'm not doing a reading.

I will be on some panels, though. And helping throw the Merchants of Deva party, of course. That's the main thing I'm looking forward to. But the panels should be fun! Here's my schedule. Print, save, stalk.

(Oh, I'm also supposed to be on the "Everybody Kills Somebody, Sometime" panel on Thursday, at 4:00 PM, but the odds that I'm actually going to make it to the con on Thursday at this point are laughably miniscule.)


Books on Writing -- Friday, 5:00 PM, Cascade 4
I love books about writing. We're going to be talking about our faves. I'll be bringing a selection along to wave around.

Writing a great sex scene in SF and F -- Friday, 9:00 PM, Cascade 5
This one should be a lot of fun. But not nearly so much fun as:

The Liars’ Panel: A Guaranteed Way To Sell That 1000 Page First Manuscript
Of Yours
-- Saturday, 1:00 PM, Cascade 9
I haven't been on a Liar's Panel in years. I love them so. And I'm even moderating this one!

Getting That Novel Finished -- Saturday, 7:00 PM, Cascade 9
Yes, it can be done, you can do it, and we're going to tell you how.
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It's almost time for my annual Horror Fiction Reading on Tuesday, October 31st.

I'll be reading a few of my short stories, including at least one brand new piece and something from my anthology, Counting from Ten. (I'll also have copies with me, if you'd like to buy one afterward. And you would.)

As always, the Reading will be at the Aurafice, an Internet coffee shop, on 616 East Pine Street, between Belmont and Boylston on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. It will be from 8:00pm until 10:00pm.

If you're not familiar with my original fiction, please check out my personal website at:

If you come, I promise I'll only keep you a little while, lead you through some very dark places, lead you safely back out, and send you on your way.

But if you don't, then all your friends will prove false, you and your true love will never meet, and you'll never achieve your heart's desire.

So come support your local arts. And please consider posting this link image in your LiveJournal, or to your website or weblog -- I rely almost entirely on your word-of-mouth to advertise this event. Thanks!

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Sorry for the last-minute post. Here's my panels I'll be on at Norwescon this weekend.

They had me listed on a "Beginning Sculpting" panel, Saturday at 1:00, that I'm definitely ditching out on, because I don't know a damn thing about sculpting. (?!) I'm probably ditching out on the "Modern Horror Fiction" panel, too, because of the Merchants of Deva party. (That's during the block of time I said I wasn't available, so I can't feel too bad about that.)

[ profile] cithra, who was at the con yesterday, says I'm scheduled for a reading. Would have been nice if they'd told me, don't you think? Too bad I don't have anything new to read. We'll see what happens with that.

Why Horror? What draws people to horror and why? Friday Evergreen 1 1:00 PM
Because I'm Evil What would Star Wars be without Darth Vader? What would Peter Pan be like if Captain Hook had been competent? A good villain can define a hero and make a story great but a poor villain can make a mockery of an otherwise good tale. Come explore the important contributions made by the Dark Side. Friday Cascade 6 3:00 PM
The Language of Horror Is there a vocabulary that is truly horror? What words differentiate this genre from SF/F? Can you really tell? What parameters does one use to distinguish a cliché or phrase that is horror? Friday Cascade 5 5:00 PM
Animals in Horror It's fine to say that animals, as symbols of nature and of the unconscious, represent a force beyond our control -- and our knowledge -- and therefore can seem frightening. That statement won't do a great deal towards helping you to write the scariest animal story since Cujo. How can you use animals in your stories to evoke fear? Friday Cascade 5 8:00 PM
Everybody Kills Somebody, Sometime What are the rules for traumatizing, maiming, and killing fictional characters believably? Learn the gentle arts of fictional murder from the experts. Saturday Cascade 4 8:00 PM
Modern Horror Fiction There are a lot more horror authors out there than just Anne Rice, Steven King, and Saul. Where is the genre going? Is it a dying breed, doomed by the mass market and the assembly line of books from the best known authors? Saturday Cascade 4 9:00 PM
Common Mistakes in Writing Horror We all make mistakes. This panel will help writers to learn from the mistakes others have made Sunday Cascade 5 2:00 PM
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All right, boys and ghouls, it's that time of year again, namely Norwescon, and once again I'll be doing panels, and so once again, for your stalking convenience, here is my itinerary:

Friday, 1:00 PM - Weird Movies of Which You've Never Heard

Friday, 3:00 PM - Psychology of Horror

Friday, 10:00 PM - A NWC28 Horror Special (READING): Featuring myself and John Pelan

Saturday, noon - NWC28 Autograph Session B: Come get your copy of Counting from Ten signed, if you haven't already. (If you don't have one, I'll have copies with me - that will be the best time to buy one. Bring fifteen bucks. It's totally worth it, honest.)

Saturday, 3:00 PM - Animals in Horror

(edited to add:) Saturday, midnight - Midnight Horror Readings: Me and bunch of folks. (Norwescon put this on their programming grid, but left it off the itinerary they sent me. Brilliant! Thanks, [ profile] hetaera15, for pointing this out.)

Sunday, 10:00 AM - Online Journaling. (You're soaking in it!)

I'm also scheduled to be on a panel on Friday at 8:00 PM called The Halloween Business, but I'll be ditching out on that panel to go to a birthday party. I’m a bad panelist.

Let's see, what else? Oh, yeah -- I'm also in the art show again this year, with more neat little boxes, so come check that out, too.

(In case you haven't heard already, there's no Merchants of Deva party this year, so I'll be roaming the halls unrestrained Saturday night. Fair warning.)


Apr. 7th, 2004 11:52 am
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Want to stalk me at Norwescon? Here, I'll make it easy for you with this handy list of panels I'm going to be on. Grab a pen, I'll wait.

Thursday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm / CASCADE ROOM 7
Ten Books ....
Recommendations you'd make to non-fans.

Friday, 8:30pm - 9:00pm / CASCADE ROOM 3
Author Reading: Michael Montoure
I'll be reading "Rest Areas" and "Tuesday Calling." Since they've only given me a half-hour, odds are real good that I'll be heading over to the Deva suite afterwards and reading some more stories there, if people are interested. (Which is also going to be the best time to buy one of my books, I should probably mention.)

Saturday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm / CASCADE ROOM 6
Take a Thief, and ....
The use of religious imagery in horror.

Saturday, 7:00pm - 8:00pm / OLYMPIC ROOM 2
How to Write a Good Horror Novel

That's it, true believers. Oh, and don't forget to check out my table in the art show, too. Ciao!


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