It doesn’t happen often (or often enough), but there are times when you know you’re encountering a highlight. I’m not talking about those life-changing experiences for the better (like meeting your future bride, marrying her, the birth of your children, etc.), those are at another level entirely for the mind and heart (at least for me). No, I’m referring to moments where your interests in the things you enjoy pursuing (in my case that includes the popular arts of watching film and reading books) meet their human manifestations. Those creative people who hold up the expressions on-screen, voice characters you can’t help being drawn to, or responsible for the ideas on the page that contribute to who you’ve grown up to be. I guess that makes me fan.
Last night was one of those high points. It was the book launch for Not Bad for a Human, the biography of one of my all-time favorite actors, Lance Henriksen (the subject of a recent blogathon). It was co-written by the actor and author Joseph Maddrey (he the one responsible for Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue: The Evolution in the American Horror Film). The independent bookstore, Dark Delicacies hosted the event in grand style. Besides Mr. Henriksen and Joe Maddrey in attendance signing their work, publisher Steve Niles, cover artist Bill Sienkiewicz and HELLBOY creator Mike Mignola were right there with them.
I can’t emphasize enough what a great set of people I met there. Lance and Joe, who I had known only in the briefest of online exchanges through the blogathon, exceeded all of my expectations. Both were gracious to a fault, obviously dedicated to their craft, and generous in their time with the people, like me, who eagerly came there wanting to meet them in person. Speaking with Lance directly was such a blast — he’s a one-of-kind artist. It was one of those rare experiences you just wanted to immediately repeat… and with the same crowd. Plus, the packed venue was one those wonderful indy book stops that specialize in the subject, horror/fantasy, they obviously love and support. I know I’ll be back there. The whole occasion, in a word, was awesome.
To see more images from last night’s event from AP images, click here.
- Lance Henriksen Interview SCREAM OF THE BANSHEE (collider.com)
- More Details on Lance Henriksen Autobiography Not Bad for a Human (dreadcentral.com)
- New Lance Henriksen Biography Not Bad for a Human Now on Sale (dreadcentral.com)