The Danish Horror Society – General Assembly 2017

Vallø Slot

The Danish Horror Society just held their general assembly 2017.

We chose to gather for the assembly on a castle. You know – as one does.

Vallø Slot (Valloe Castle) is located in the southern part of Sjælland (our main island) and since one of our members are living there, we could borrow the place.

The Danish Horror Society is fairly small.

It was founded in September 4th 2011 by eleven horror writers and one publisher. We aim to introduce horror as an adult genre to the public, since horror is usually considered to be YA literature here in Denmark.

Currently we are around 35 members which includes writers, publishers, journalists, librarians, bloggers and film makers. Everyone who is working with horror as a genre in one capacity or another. As a small genre in a small nation, we are fewer than our sister societies in other nations.
We arrange events and have a yearly award we give out in the spring to the best Danish title in the horror genre.

And once a year we meet to take care of the business side of things. Debating the issues that has appeared since our last meeting and such.

This is where it took place. Eight members had arrived and formed the cabal. Here we debated the Dark Art and which unholy pacts we should pledge our allegiance to.

And cookies.

We had cookies too.

Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures of the main areas. Vallø Slot is an amazing castle – not that I have great experience with castles – and I was more than a little envious on Anne-Marie for waking up in a castle every morning.

We unanimously voted Anne-Marie “most likely to survive a zombie apokalypse for a prolonged time”. She has a moat. A moat!

Those are getting rare.

Well, now I know where to go when the outbreak happens 🙂

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Bogforum 2017 – the largest litterature con in Denmark

I’m tired.

SO tired. My feet are swollen, my back is aching and my arms are gorilla-like after hauling 20+ pounds of books from the Bella Center to my home town of Kirke Hyllinge. I just spent the entire weekend at Bogforum 2017 – The largest con by far for litterature in Denmark.

If you have never visited Bogforum, it might be hard to understand just HOW huge it is.
Three huge halls.
1,850 authors. 13 stages. Almost 35,000 paying visitors. It’s massive.

Here I am standing on the corner of ONE of the three main “highways” in the central hall. There was a separate, huge hall for children’s litterature and yet another huge area for micro publishers and self-publishing authors.

It’s Sunday afternoon and the visitors are thinning, but still going strong.

Let’s take a step back in time to Friday, where I had a signing session in the kids section at this wonderful cardboard table 🙂 I was peddling the Danish version of my novelette Clowns and my NekroMathias series.

This year my Publisher, Tellerup, had two stalls – a big one in the main hall and a smaller one in the kids section. More on the kid stuff later.

Hey kid! Do you want a balloon?

Tellerup had ordered 100 red balloons with promotional print as a gimmick giveaway, but they should have ordered 1,000. They were all gone within the first half hour, and they only barely saved one for me.

After the signing session I roamed the con for a while, meeting up with colleagues and looking around before returning to Tellerup’s backstage area at their main stall.

Their very pink backstage area.

I am an award-winning horror-writer. Peddler of Nightmares. Disciple of the Dark Arts. Prophet of the formless, gibbering beasts beyond the Void.
And here I am sipping pink champagne on a pink chair in a pink backstage area 🙂

After chilling a bit I had to step back into the fray. Jean-Claude Mézières would be signing albums and I had to get to the stall.

Jean-Claude Mézières is the illustrator behind the Valérian and Laureline comic series (google it, you uncivilized barbarians.)

Those stories was a huge part of my childhood and since Mr. Mézières would only sign one album pr. guest, I picked out the oldest from my collection. Welcome to Alflolol from 1972.

I hurried to the stall and was quite surprised to find only two people queuing up.

Just as I got in line and thought this would be quick, I heard a distinct cough behind me and looked over my shoulder.

Somehow I had missed the very long line of people following the wall behind me. I apologized and hurried down the end of the impressive queue.
I’m just getting used to people queuing up to see me, so it’s probably healthy to get chased to the back of the line from time to time. 🙂

Waiting patiently.

My turn at last.

I got my signing and happily went on my way.

Straight back to the backstage area.

Hall of giant faces.

A small tour of the backstage area. The ethereal sounds at the end is Danish. Yeah.

Saturday we held a gathering of the writers of Tellerup. We were spoiled.

There was cake.

And a group photo.

Regular readers of my blog will notice that there are considerably more colors on the writers of Tellerup than the official Rot Pack pictures of the horror-writers at the crime fiction con. 🙂

Sunday was enjoyed at a much slower pace with a cup of coffee permanently lodged in my hand. I had developed a sudden headache after the gathering the night before and was dead tired. Must be a virus.

There were fewer guests and I could spent more time just roaming around when I wasn’t lost in deep meditation on a pink chair.

So. Much. Paranormal. Romance.

Now – I want to lead you into the kids area and show you something very Danish. 🙂

The kids area had their own movie theater.

Where the kids were being entertained by the topless mermaids of the animated movie Bennys Badekar (Benny’s Bathtub) – a classic. That would probably not go down well in the US. 😀

A portal into a “magical school” at the kids area.

A tired warlock trying to teach the kids the Dark Arts.

The kids area is getting empty late Sunday.

Last performance on the Spot-scene and still a respectable number of guests show up.

All in all a great weekend, although I am now filled up with social gatherings and will stay inside for a month.

We’ll do it again next year 🙂

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Halloween 2017

I’ve been busy with Halloween.

As you know, Halloween is an imported thing here in Denmark, so there’s not a lot of people participating.

My family loves it, though, and we always make an effort to go beyond last year. We’re not there yet, but it is improving.

This was the first year we used digital effects from AtmosFX. It turned out pretty well. 🙂

Finally a presentation of the whole shebang!

Now the house is cleaned up. The effects are put away. The candy has been eaten and the costumes put back in storage.

Normality has returned.

And now…

Now we wait.

Patiently.

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Sci-fi & Scary reviews Clowns

So – Sci-fi & Scary not only reviewed Clowns, they also interviewed me.

Let’s start with the review:

Clowns was well-written and perfect for anyone who loved the movie Killer Klownz from Outer Space. While it doesn’t quite achieve that level of camp, Kamp’s Clowns channels that same absurd-horror feel. There are a few scenes that are so well imagined that the [readers] can easily get a great mental picture of them. Michael Kamp has the ability to put his readers so neatly into the story that you can practically smell the forest and face paint.

Final score 4/5.

Read the full review HERE.

After the stellar review we had a chat about coming from a foreign market, working the night shift and idiots in horror.
Interview tomorrow 🙂

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Goodread Reviews

Well, the reviews for Clowns are trickling in a lot more slowly than I had hoped for. But they are good, so I can’t complain. 🙂

Two reviews on GoodReads in the last couple of days.

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Clowns is free (for a few days)

So it begins.

The campaign for Clowns has been launched and it is FREE at Amazon for a few days.

Yes, free. I am totally unknown in the English market, so I need downloads to up the visibility of the title.

Clowns! Gore! Candyfloss! Dead Children!

The creepy clown epidemic began when I was 12 years old.
Creepy clowns roamed neighborhoods at night, terrifying the population. At first it was only in the U.S.
Soon it spread, turning into a global craze.
The wave of clown sightings even reached all the way to Denmark.
Every day, the papers ran stories about clowns scaring people.
Of course, the vast majority of creepy clowns were just pranksters in costumes.
But not all of them.
Not in Ullerup.

Get it HERE.

Please spread the word.

First review is in from Bloody Good Horror Books.

It’s good. It’s very good.

We’ve never had a five star book come across our desks, so it is my absolute pleasure to praise Kamp and give Bloody Good Horror Books its first five star review.

Read the full review HERE.

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Four stars for the Danish version of Clowns


Clowns is live on Amazon, but I keep it quiet until Saturday when the campaign kicks off.

While I wait the Danish version is getting great reviews.

Four stars from the book blogger Sabrinas Blog.
“I was hooked by the first page and really enjoyed the story.”

Read the whole review HERE (you’ll probably need Google Translate.)

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The Clowns are coming!

Klovn

The translation of my YA horror novel Clowns is complete and the manuscript has been mailed to the publisher.

Now … we wait.

I’m looking forward to see if Danish murder-clowns can make any sort of impact in the market.

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First world problems

Hylde

I’ve run into a bit of a luxury problem.

I just received my copy of Twice Upon an Apocalypse, and now there is just not room for it on my author shelf. I need to rearrange it to squeeze in the anthology.

So far I have 16 titles out and have participated in 7 danish anthologies and 3 in English.

Not bad, if I may say so.

My secret plan is to reach 100 publications before I retire, so I need to step it up a bit.

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Arm Cast Podcast

I managed to get myself on a US podcast today. 🙂

Armand Rosamilia shouldn’t need a lot of introduction – he is a prolific writer and you can check out his catalog HERE.

He also runs a podcast, Arm Cast Podcast, and in lieu of the recent anthology Twice Upon an Apocalypse, I was invited on to talk about translations and the challenges you face, when you write to a market on the other side of the globe.

Bonus feature: Heavy Scandinavian accent.

Check it out here:
Arm Cast Podcast - Kamp and DeVor

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