What an amazing year 2022 was for bookish events and other bookish things!
This post features all the amazing people I met, signed book copies I acquired, other bookish events I attended, interviews I hosted, highlights with my book blog, and so much more!
Let’s dive in!
This month, I finally visited my first Little Free Library! I cannot wait to pop by a few more in the area when the weather gets warmer! (Update- I went to a TON this year! I still have so many drafts ready to share in 2023! Stay tuned, and feel free to search Little Free Library to see the posts I have live!)
I got to beta read the follow up to Slattery Falls by Brennan LaFaro! The new book will be titled Decimated Dreams. I cannot wait for everyone to get their hands on this!
Book mail this month featured these two signed copies! The first is The Saga of Dead-Eye by Ronald Kelly signed by Ron himself, the second is Baggage by Simon Paul Wilson and Matt Wildasin, signed by Matt!
This month I jumped on with Patrick and Brennan for the Best of Season Two of Dead Headspace! Per usual, this was a blast.
In March, I kicked off the month hosting a fun interview with Shana Frost! I had gotten obsessed with her work in January, so this was a real treat!
I also got to host an interview with the amazing Laurel Hightower! Check that out here!
This month, I got a LOAD of signed copies. Check out these goodies from Ronald Kelly and Joshua Marsella!
I also snagged some books with signed bookplates from Catriona Ward, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Laurel Hightower!
To end the month, I got to watch along with a Paper Cuts event celebrating the launch of Below by Laurel Hightower! If you’d like to watch that, it’s on demand on the Paper Cuts YouTube account here.
In April I got to interview Max Booth III. I’m so grateful that Max took the time to do this and I had a blast reading his answers! Max is a hoot!
This month also brought a slew of signed books! I was able to snag:
- Try Again by Wesley Southard
- We Need To Do Something by Max Booth III
- Touch The Night by Max Booth III
- Maggots Screaming! by Max Booth III
- Hindsight by Ronald Kelly
- Haunt of Southern-Fried Fear by Ronald Kelly
- Shadow Flickr by Gregory Bastianelli
- Horrors Untold Volume 2 by Matt Wildasin
- Horrors Untold Volume 3 by Matt Wildasin
- Edge of Twilight by Matt Wildasin
During the month of May, I also snagged quite a few books direct from the amazing authors!
In June, I had a number of really cool things happen!
First, I posted another review for FanFiAddict.com for Holly Rae Garcia’s latest release, Parachute!
Then Die Booth included my review link of Diet Riot on their blog post. Thank you Die!
While promoting his latest, Aiden Merchant used a snippet of my book review in his email blast for Sickness Is In Season: “…has everything a horror fan craves!” Erica Robyn Metcalf via www.ericarobynreads.com
I also got to snag two signed copies of books in June; After the Burn by Ronald Kelly and Slattery Falls by Brennan LaFaro.
I’m not sure if I had mentioned this before, but I’m also honored to be added in the acknowledgments section of Slattery Falls as well! <3
In June, I also got a wonderful package of some books I ordered from Gibson’s Bookstore.
This month I got to read an early copy of Die Booth’s next work, Cool S. It was so freaking good! This one has haunted me ever since reading it!
Neil McRobert gave my blog post I did to celebrate his 100th episode a lovely little shoutout on his podcast, Talking Scared! Give it a listen at the tail end of episode #101 – Nat Cassidy and Who Asked for a Body Anyway?:
I also finally posted about my trip to see Stephen King’s old house! Click here to see all the photos.
With my wonderful July reading, I also discovered my new favorite book, Hide by Kiersten White! I cannot wait to do a reread of this one from time to time! Click the bookish photo below to read my review of Hide!
At the end of the month, I got to attend a lovely book chat hosted by Ryan of Gibson’s Bookstore as she interviewed Nina Nesseth.
In July, I also picked up the following direct from the authors, which were all signed:
- Swamp Monster Massacre by Hunter Shea
- Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea
- Island of the Forbidden by Hunter Shea
- Mail Order Massacres by Hunter Shea
- Horrors Untold Vol 4 by Matt Wildasin
- The Demon in the Glass by Matt Wildasin
- Melancholia by Matt Wildasin
In July I also got a beautiful box from Tenebrous press for the Lure by Time McGregor preorder!
While reading A Bunch of Fives by James Flynn, I was so excited to see a quote from my review of a book I had previously read was added to the back section of the book!
The quote says: “You will walk away terrified, gobsmacked, and much more!”
This month, while in Nashville for work and a friend trip tacked on to the end, I got to visit Parnassus Books! This awesome bookshop is owned by the amazing Ann Patchett!
This month I also had the opportunity to interview one of the kindest people, Die Booth!
I also got to continue to spread the word about Die’s book, Cool S, with my review over on FanFiAddict’s site.
Last thing this month, I received a signed sticker from Adam Cesare that I put right into my copy of Clown in a Cornfield 2 Frendo Lives!
To kick off September, I was incredibly honored to be mentioned in the Afterword of Brennan LaFaro’s newest novella, Noose.
September was an amazing month of signed book copies!
First, I was honored to receive a gift from Die Booth. If you haven’t already snagged a copy of Cool S, I highly recommend doing so. I got the chance to read an early copy and I am obsessed with the tale.
Next up, I got a copy of It Came From The Sea by Matt Wildasin!
Then my signed copy of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca arrived!
I also had my signed copy of the latest release of Slaves to Gravity come in that was signed by authors Wesley Southard and Somer Canon.
Next up came a slew of signed books from Ronald Kelly:
A copy of Noose by Brennan LaFaro arrived as well. This one went right onto my shelf to display proudly!
This month, I also got to interview Lor Gislason!
This month also held one of my favorite virtual events, Buzz Book Expo! I had a blast watching along and chatting with everyone.
On the podcast front, I got to join in two episodes of Dead Headspace! One with Brennan LaFaro to celebrate the launch of Noose, and one with Alma Katsu to celebrate The Wehrwolf!
Oh my goodness, October was incredible! Not only did I get to attend a chat with Ryan and Josh Malerman at Gibson’s bookstore, I also got to go to my first big book event!
At the Malerman event at Gibsons, I got my old copy of Bird Box and my new copy of Daphne signed:
This next item is definitely one of the biggest highlights of the year! I got to attend the Merrimack Valley Book Festival in Haverill, MA. I still can’t believe how many people I was able to meet and get photos with! So many of these people, I actually get to call friends! How cool is that?!
Here’s a gallery of all the authors and friends that I got to snag pictures with during the event!
The number of books that I got from the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival was wild. Here’s a gallery of the books, signature pages, and my book haul!
Other signed copies that I snagged in October included:
- The Crow Witch and Other Conjurings by Catherine Cavendish
- Marla by Jonathan Janz
- Try Again by Wesley Southard
- Dark is the Water by Susan Earlam
- Earthly Bodies by Susan Earlam
While in Maine for the weekend in October, we spotted some bookish things and made stops at the King’s old house, a bookstore, and a little free library! Click the image below to visit the full post to learn more!
This month, I launched two lists that I hope to continue to see grow over time! Seeing all the support so far for these has been wonderful!
The highlight of this month was that I got to host an interview with the amazing Ronaldo Katwaroo! Ronaldo is a name you need to keep an eye on! He’s going to go far in his writing career!
In December, I had a work trip to Boston. While I was there, I had some downtime. So of course, I spent that time visiting bookstores! A few of theses were recommended to me from the amazing Eric LaRocca!
- Visiting Commonwealth Books & Old Prints in Boston, Massachusetts
- Visiting Brookline Booksmith in Boston, Massachusetts
- Visiting Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston, Massachusetts
- Visiting Brattle Book Shop in Boston, Massachusetts
- Visiting Beacon Hill Books & Cafe in Boston, Massachusetts
I also found out that I was staying in a hotel with quite the ghost history! This hotel was also rumored to be a place where Stephen King based one of his stories. Of course, I just had to visit the outside of the room with the history. Check it out here!
I read Down Home by Steve L. Clark and was so honored to not only get a sneak-peek of this one, I was also blown away to also have been mentioned in the Acknowledgements at the back of the book!
On the 28th, I celebrated my 6th year of book blogging! I absolutely can’t believe it’s been six year already!
WHAT A YEAR! Bring on 2023!