The Confluence Book Tour Summer 2016 (Part 2)

June 17, 2016, or thereabouts. It was a dark and stormy night…but it didn’t start that way. I hit the road from Topeka, KS and pointed the car toward Hays, KS on the rather straight stretch of I-70 that has the ability to hypnotize if you don’t steel your mind and seek the detail in the beauty of the plains that are visible from the interstate. The land is not as flat as rumored as the Flint Hills rolls by. Past historic Fort Riley a more recent crop of giant windmills has grown to stretch as far as the eye can see in all directions. The weather was great, the windmills danced gently in their energy generating ballet, and the music on the radio, Pearl Jam at Benaroya Hall in 2003, made for a relaxing almost meditative drive across the plains. Kansas is a beautiful, if hot and muggy, place in the middle of June.

I arrived in Hays as a thunderstorm sparked like flickers from a striking flint. Local painter, Matthew Miller, greeted me from his front steps and offered me a stout beer to celebrate the Summer Art Walk in Hays, KS. I hadn’t seen him in a few years and was overwhelmed by the inventory of paintings he’d completed in the intervening years. The paintings leaned against the walls, some 4 or 5 paintings deep. He’d been busy and the genius of some of the work was undeniable. You know it when you see it. And if I had the money, I’d have loaded up my vehicle for the return trip. Matthew Miller’s art features on the cover of two of my books, Eight and The Rejected Works Vol. I.

We set up for the art walk in a rather casual manner considering the thunderstorm that kept building and rolled slowly our way, much out of character I discovered in talking to some local friends of my friend. The painter hammered nails on the wall in his rolling gallery, a tiny house he’d built himself and christened, The Buffalo House. I set up my table beneath a slightly disabled camping canopy twisted by the wind in a thunderstorm the previous year. As the wind picked up in Hays, the canopy betrayed its Achilles’ heel and struggled to remain upright at all. (note to self: get a new canopy frame)

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Kudos to the people of Hays. The storm did not keep everyone from the walk. At turns the capacity of the Buffalo House’s belly was stretched and distended to hold more than it was likely intended for. It made 10 people appear to be 100. Everyone was electrified by the art on the walls and maybe a little by the storm. We’d be alright as long as the storm didn’t drop a twister on us for as you may have guessed, there’s no basement at The Buffalo House.

It was a great night full of fun conversation and interesting people, many of them artists in their own right. I was able to connect with new people and sell more books than the weather would have let on. My friend was able to sell some of his paintings as well and the dark and stormy night was truly a great setting for a good story.


The Confluence Book Tour Summer 2016

William Domme, the writer whose work you’ve found here, stumbled into an impromptu book tour during the summer of 2016. It seems that he has been spotted in Kansas City, MO at that horror festival known as Crypticon KCIn his own words:

I settled in for the hour drive with friend and custom action figure creator, Daniel Barnes, who operates under his banner, Tankster Innovations. We checked in and were greeted with great enthusiasm by the organizers of the event led by the amazing and prolific, Chazz DeMoss. I will be forever in his debt for the opportunity to set up a booth and work alongside some of the most creative and talented people in the horror culture. I shared a table with Tankster Innovations and we spent the whole weekend across the aisle from the legendary, Piper Laurie, of horror cinema such as “Carrie” and “The Faculty.” It was a wild weekend and I’m excited to report all three books were well received by patrons making their way through the labyrinth of terrifying delights. There were many celebrities waiting to greet fans, many cosplay characters mingling through the crowd, and many artists showing off their talents with items for sale.

It was my first Crypticon and I cannot wait to go back next year! Enjoy these scenes from the event including; an encounter with Deadpool, an amazing shot to meet David Della Rocco and Sean Patrick Flanery of “Boondock Saints,” and me and my table-mate, Tankster Innovations.

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Frontier Tales Magazine Readers’ Choice Winner: The Confluence

Frontier Tales Magazine recently featured an excerpt from The Confluence in its May 2016 issue. They feature a half dozen stories each month and allow readers to vote for their favorite tale. I am grateful not only for the opportunity to have my work feature there along with other great writers but for the appreciation the readers showed by voting for my work and making it the winner of the May contest!FullSizeRender (1)FullSizeRender


On-Air Reading and Interview with KJHK

Hi there. Thanks for stopping by. Here’s the audio of a reading and interview I was able to do with KJHK which is the radio station broadcasting from the University of Kansas. The whole segment is about 15 minutes and I encourage you to travel to their site afterward and have a listen to all of the other episodes of their Reading Series full of entertaining and thoughtful discussions and readings by other writers.

So, enjoy this excerpt from The Confluence, a fitting read for the coming winter. Happy Halloween!