My first World Fantasy was the 5th, 1979, Providence Rhode Island. And when I looked at the official site’s “archive”, I realized that I attended 17 of the first 25 WFCs.: Providence. Hunt Valley MD. Berkeley CA. New Haven. Chicago. Ottawa. Tucson. Providence again. Nashville. (I skipped London England, 1988—had just been in 1985.) Seattle. Chicago again. Tucson again. Pine Mountain Georgia. Minneapolis. New Orleans. Baltimore. Providence again, 1999. I’ve watched aikido demonstrations, held a real Viking Sword, seen stage combat, been to Poe’s and Lovecraft’s graves, been to midnight poetry readings, and gone horseback riding.
I took a few breaks, over the years. But this year I’m signed on again—and I’ve been asked for a story to be included in a flash drive to be distributed to the whole convention membership! I selected Where Bestowed, which originally appeared in Rick Gilliam’s Excalibur anthology. (I met Rick at a WFC, after all.) It’s also in my collection Mythos, an Arthurian Miscellany, so if you aren’t going to WFC, it’s 99 cents now for Kindle, with a great Teddi Black cover, and two other Arthurian tales besides.