I am getting more and more excited about MythosCon, whut happens in Phoenix, Arizona on January 6 - 9, 2011. This convention is the brainchild of Phoenix resident and Mythos novelist Adam Niswander, and look at this list of those who, thus far have confirmed membership: Gary C. Myers, William F. Nolan, Stephen Mark Rainey, Kevin Ross, Scott David Aniolowski, Allen Koszowski, S. T. Joshi, Ken Fair Jr., Peter Cannon, Ramsey Campbell, Walt DeBill, David Drake, Alan Dean Foster, Cody Goodfellow, Jason Eckhardt, Jason V. Brock, Donald Burleson, Sam Gafford, Steffan Aletti, John Langon, Yvonne Navarro, and many others.
S. T. is helping with the programming, and a tentative schedule of events is now listed at the con site, and it looks great! Everything from Lovecraft's Letters to the original Lovecraft Circle to Arkham House to Mythos Gods and Tomes and Films and Gaming has been included.
This is a first-time convention, and my impression of such things is that they initially have a small turn-out. As I write there are 88 attending members listed, but I know many people who absolutely plan on going and I have a feeling that this is going to be one of the greatest Lovecraftian gatherings of all-time. If you are planning on attending but have yet to register, now would be a great time to do so, so as to help give Adam an idea of membership size.
Adam Niswander is the author of many Mythos novels and he is quite simply one of the nicest guys ever. He is so absolutely devoted to the Mythos and to encouraging new writers who are working in the Mythos, especially young novelists. I am trying to write my first Lovecraftian novel, in collaboration with Maryanne K. Snyder, in which we dwell on the life story of Richard Upton Pickman, and I can tell you that trying to write a novel is really difficult for me. I envy those who have the talent to work in this medium. I am determined to do it and complete at least one Lovecraftian novel before I fade away, but I can tell that I am not by nature a novelist, alas. I look forward to gathering with other Mythos writers and readers in Phoenix, and I'm sure that it will totally inspire me!