Vampires in Legend, Folklore, and Fiction, DragonCon 2018

So, this panel was described as follows
Description: Long a staple of urban fantasy, vampires first appear in folklore, often unrecognizable from the versions contemporary readers and viewers are familiar with. Our panel explores how those early stories have influenced the fictional depictions they create, and others they admire.

Time: Fri 10AM Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

Melissa F Olson, E.J. Stevens, Declan Finn, Clay and Susan Griffith, J.F. Lewis, Dacre Calder Stoker

This is the complete panel   

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Looking at Classic Fantasy from the Viewpoint of Today, DragonCon 2018

You will note that I have embedded this video twice in the same post. That is not a mistake. The audio and video quality is variable at different points on each video. So, I thought I should give you an option.

The above video was shot by my wife at DragonCon this year, in part because this was our honeymoon. Aww, isn’t that cute?  (Okay, there was a bit of CYA, after what happened to Dave Truesdale at WorldCon a few years ago.)

The video below is the official DragonCon video footage.

To be honest, this was a fun, fun panel to be on. The audience was great, the panelists were amazing. Everyone was sane. Who knew?

The description of the panel is as follows:

The Isms: Looking at Classic Fantasy from the Viewpoint of TodayDescription: Social consciousness changes, but books are forever. Something that was once progressive today may seem anything but. Are these works simply products of their time or true reflections of the person? Let’s not toss the dragonet out with the Hatching Sand and shells. *Trigger Warning*

Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Embassy EF – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Panelists: Jody Lynn Nye, Larry Niven, Declan Finn, Lisa Manifold. Moderator: Toni Weisskopf)

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

DragonCon: Meet the Authors, Dragon Awards

This took forever to get up. Mainly because I wanted to see if anyone posted something with better audio.

 

Then again, I listened to it and discovered, nope, you can hear most of them.

Description: Listen to the nominees of the Dragon Awards. Maybe we will even have this year’s winner sitting with us. We will have past year nominees.

Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: International North – Hyatt
Panelists: Declan Finn, Marina Fontaine, Larry Correia, Bill Fawcett, Mark H Wandrey, R.R. Virdi, Jonathan P Brazee,
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LOVE AT FIRST BITE SALE, FOUR BOOKS, $10

So, just to make things clear, starting from 12AM (PDT) Wed Oct 24, through 11PM (PDT) Sun Oct 28th, the complete Love at First Bite series will be on sale.The entire series will be only $10.

If you’d like, the breakdown is as follows…

So, the whole thing adds up to $10

So if you’re new here, and would like to check out my work before Hell Spawn arrives ….

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Creating a Demon

Going through the the outline for the Catholic Horror novel Hell Spawn… I didn’t know I was going to be writing a horror novel. I figured it was going to be a bit of a tossup between Urban Fantasy meets a police procedural. It would of course get a little dark, if only because the villain is a possessed serial killer.

Then I went into the details of the adversary for Hell Spawn…. and realized this was full horror.

Let’s put it this way: I was congratulated by several readers on portraying R-rated murders in PG-13 ways. The only time it went really gruesome was when I described the murder in perfectly clinical terms by the ME.

It was also less the gore (since I only hinted at it) and more the impending sense of dread throughout the novel. This evil SOB felt like he could appear anywhere, at any time, for any reason. And he does.

After all, the adversary here is a demon. Just imagine every nightmare from The Exorcist, only with an adult male. And we’re not simply talking about making a bed shake. I figure if this SOB is going to be telekinetic, we’re going to be throwing cars.

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Writing an action Saint

Hell Spawn was a nice change because I was forced by the character to make him a good guy.If I have one running theme in my books, it’s that “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” Probably the most true thing Orwell ever wrote.

Sean A.P. Ryan in Pius? Dark.

Marco Catalano in Love at First Bite? Darker.

Then there’s Tommy Nolan, a saint.

But then, just because I made him a good guy, a saint, didn’t mean that I made him an angel.

Over the course of the novel, I was surprised at some of the darker choices he made, but he made them all for practical, prudent reason. And prudence is also a gift of the Holy Spirit.

But no, some of the decisions surprised me.

Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Horror | Tagged | Leave a comment

Hell Spawn is coming

My novel Hell Spawn is going to be the first in the series of a cop with saintly powers.

It features a “Saint” Cop versus a possessed serial killer.

And it’s gonna be awesome.

And oh, by the way, there’s gonna be a kickstarter.

Yes, it’s all the rage these days, I know. Comic books and mecha novels and hero series and such like. And you’re probably wondering, “Declan, what does a publisher need with a kickstarter account?”

Good question.

The answer is: sales are going too well. Once upon a time, Silver Empire could pay quarterly royalties ASAP. Instead of waiting the TWO MONTHS Amazon holds the royalty payments on, it was a simple matter of paying out of pocket. After all, my publisher is the owner of TWO of his own businesses.

Now, sales are too good. And while Silver Empire waits upon Amazon to pay up, Silver Empire is doing six other things.

This kickstarter helps them pay me faster than Amazon can pay them to pay me.

Not only that, but the kickstarter is going to the costs of cover art, printing books, promotional artwork, and …. again, me.

What are the goals of the kickstarter?

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment