Frightmare in the Falls – A Networking Dream

The weekend before Halloween, I took a trip with my sister to Niagara Falls, Ontario for “Frightmare in the Falls”, a wickedly fun horror expo. We wandered around unique vendor tables, listened to expert panels, caught a screening of a short film, took some great pictures, and attended a Q&A session with the one and only Doug Bradley! (There’s a link at the end of this post for my review of the event from a horror fan’s perspective, which includes pictures and more about Pinhead.)

While the experience is enjoyable for all horror fans, if you write within the horror genre attending these types of conventions should become a priority. These are your people. Your target audience, all in one place. This is one of the best times to do some networking.

Now, I’m not saying to lug a bunch of books and pretend to be a vendor. That’s a one-way ticket for disaster! But bring along some business cards, talk to people, and you’ll never know what might happen. For example, I met a lovely writer named Theresa Jacobs, who did officially have a vendor table. I bought one of her books (Wife ‘n’ Death, which I hope to review soon), struck up a conversation and found out she lives not too far from me. We’ve chatted a few times since the event and are making plans to help critique each other’s work. You can learn more about Theresa Jacobs on her website.

Another table at the event was held by the Ontario Chapter of the Horror Writers Association. Again, I talked to the writers, got to learn more about the benefits of the HWA, and planted a seed with my name and face into their psyche. And, of course, I bought a book from them too (Dark Rainbow: Queer Erotic Horror, edited by Andrew Robertson). Because I was interested, and I asked, a few of the writers with contributions to the book even signed my copy. Later that same day, the HWA put on an engaging panel, taking lots of questions from the audience, including a few from me.

For those introverted writers reading this, I know this sounds scary, but think of it as just talking to your peers. I’m one of you, and yes, before I got to the convention my pulse was racing and my throat was desert dry, but I took a deep breath and focused on having fun.

Just remember, when the convention is over, your networking is just beginning. Follow up on social media with the people you’ve met, read and review the books you’ve bought, write reviews about the event, and, if you really had fun, make a point to attend again the following year. Who knows, there may even come a time where you want to set up a table yourself.

Speaking of reviews, I wrote one about all my experiences within Frightmare at the Falls for my friend at FEARter.com. You can read my post (which is from a horror fan’s perspective instead of a writer’s) on his site, and I highly encourage you to follow him on Twitter as well @FearterHorror.

Here’s the direct link to my review: www.fearter.com/experience-reviews

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    1. Maybe you can go next year. I knew you were in Ontario, but didn’t realize you were so close! Theresa’s in St. Catharines & I’m in Brantford – we’re looking to start a little local critique group, so let me know if you’re interested. Hope all is going well at school for you!!

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  1. This is a great thing to attend and a must for writers. Even if you’re shy, not a pushy type of person one still needs to attend.

    I was in Boston during Halloween a few years back and I met up with some people who were headed to Salem, Mass. There is a huge Halloween celebration in that town. That might be another idea as well.

    Thank you for the info. I owe you an e-mail. We need to reconnect. 🙂

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    1. YES – Salem during Halloween is one of my dream vacations! I’ve been there at a different time of year & it’s a very cool place.

      In my town there’s an annual Pagan Festival, & it’s a great place to connect with people too – lots of readers & writers in that crowd!

      Life gets busy, especially at this time of year, so no worries. But yes, please do keep in touch when you get a chance 🙂

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  2. Hey nice surprise today to connect with your blog and see you mentioned little’ole me 🙂
    I must say for my first ever horror-con i was AWESOME! I had a blast and met wonderful people, such as yourself, and was thrilled by the entire event.
    Yes let’s get that writers group going – may have to wait til the new year with all the holiday stuffs now, but we need to!

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    1. LOL – surprise! Glad it was a great event for you. Thought you handled it like a pro, and I never would have guessed it was your first event!
      Yes, I agree we need to get a group together & the new year would be best. Think I may have even found someone else in your area to join us! Take care & keep in touch 🙂

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