Necon 39: Call for Goody Bag Swag!

Dear Necon Campers,

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — Christopher Golden wrote most of this copy a few years ago to solicit materials for the Necon Goody Bags, and it worked so well that we’ve updated the dates and recycled it every year since. So if this message feels like déjà vu all over again, please feel free to skip to the end for the address and deadline for goody bag donations.

Once upon a time, it was enough for us to contact the publishers, tell them about Necon, and ask them if they had any books they wanted to donate. That hasn’t worked in a very long time. For the past few years, we’ve written a little note like this one and every Necon Camper has reaped the rewards.

If you’re a publisher and you’d like to donate books, magazines, or promotional merchandise, that would be fantastic. If you’re an author or editor and would like to try to persuade your publisher to do the same, that’s wonderful as well.

Authors, if you’ve got that box of spare copies sitting around, send ’em along.

Remember, even though we cap attendance at 200, that doesn’t mean you need to have 200 copies to donate. The goody bags are always mix and match.

This year, the official deadline for us to receive goody bag donations is Friday, July 12th, 2019. Although let’s face it, that’s a soft deadline; if you write us in advance and ask to send your donations after the 12th, we’ll be more than happy to accommodate you. Please ship any materials you’d like to donate, including (but not limited to) books, bookmarks, magazines, and merchandise to —

Necon 39
ATTN: Goody Bags
365 Columbus Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02861

Thanks and see you in July!
— Sara Booth & Matt Bechtel
Co-Chairs, Necon 39

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Change to Necon 39 Dais!

Dear Necon 39 Campers,

Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Megan Abbott will not be able to attend Necon 39 this summer. She sends her apologies, and she looks forward to joining us in the near future. On behalf of the entire Necon Family, we’d like to send Megan our very best. Because of this late change to the dais, Necon will honor any refund requests we receive from Campers who have already registered.

But sometimes, out of chaos comes opportunity. In discussing who should replace Megan on this year’s dais, a truly egregious error of omission was called to our attention and we jumped at the opportunity to right this long-overdue wrong. As such, Necon is thrilled to announce that LINDA ADDISON has accepted our invitation to attend Necon 39 as a Writer Guest of Honor!

Linda D. Addison grew up in Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University. She is the author of four collections: How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend (Crossroad Press), Being Full of Light, Insubstantial, Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes and Animated Objects (Space & Time Books) and has published over 300 poems, stories and articles. Her work has also appeared in numerous publications, including Essence magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction and anthologies, Scary Out There (Simon Schuster), The Beauty of Death (Independent Legions Publishing) and Into Painfreak (Necro Publications). She co-edited Sycorax’s Daughters, an anthology of horror fiction & poetry by African-American women (publisher Cedar Grove Publishing, 2017) with Kinitra Brooks and Susana Morris, which was a HWA Bram Stoker finalist in the Anthology category.

In 2001, Addison was the first African-American to win the HWA’s Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in poetry for Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes (Space & Time Books). She has received three additional awards for collections: The Four Elements written with Marge Simon, Rain Graves and Charlee Jacob (2013 Bad Moon Books); How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend short stories and poetry collection (2011 Necon E-Books / Crossroad Press); and Being Full of Light, Insubstantial (2007 Space & Time Books). Dark Duet (Necon E-Books / Crossroad Press), a collaborative book of poetry written with Stephen M. Wilson was a 2012 HWA Bram Stoker finalist. Other prominent recipients of this distinguished award include authors, Alice Sebold (Lovely Bones) and J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series). In 2018 she received the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is the only author with fiction in three landmark anthologies that celebrate African-Americans speculative writers: the award-winning anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction (Warner Aspect), Dark Dreams I and II (Kensington), and Dark Thirst (Pocket Book).

Her work has made frequent appearances over the years on the honorable mention list for Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and Year’s Best Science-Fiction.

Our sincerest thanks to Linda for accepting our invitation on such short notice, to Megan for her continued support, and to all Campers for your understanding regarding this unexpected change. We look forward to seeing you all in July!

Registration for Necon 39 NOW OPEN!!!

Short and sweet — registration for Necon 39 is NOW OPEN!!! PLEASE CLICK HERE to reserve your spot today!

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our AMAZING dais of Guests (PLEASE CLICK HERE to read more about them) —

Writer Guests of Honor: Megan Abbott, Grady Hendrix and John Langan
Artist Guest of Honor: Reiko Murakami
Toastmaster: Kristin Dearborn
Legend: Thomas Tessier

Thank you all again; we look forward to seeing you next summer!