Monday, July 16, 2007

My Own Thrillerfest Awards

By now, you've undoubtedly read a dozen or more posts about Thrillerfest in New York City. This is another one.

I confess, didn't go to the Awards Banquet. All due respect, but four hours? In a ballroom with Noo Yawk in all its glory right outside? Sorry. Although I would have loved to have caught the Killer Thriller Band again.

But, I decided, why not come up with my own awards from T'fest? So, without further ado:

DUDE, YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE AWARD: This one's a tie between David Terrenoire and Stephen Blackmoore. Many, many people asked after you, guys. You were sorely missed.

HARDEST WORKING WOMAN IN SHOW BUSINESS AWARD: Alex Sokoloff of the Killerettes. Every time I saw her she was off to rehearsal for the big show, yet she still found time to do panels and the social thing. Hope you've gotten some rest.

COOLEST. NAME. EVER. AWARD: Elle Lothlorien.

GOLDEN PIPES AWARD: Oklahoma journalist and aspiring thriller writer Kim Mizar-Stem, aka the Force of Nature. That girl can flat SING.

I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING AWARD: My friends Dave, Kim, and Jamey, who as it turned out, were in New York at the same time I was. Thanks guys, you saved me from an early bedtime.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS AWARD: Another tie, between Sean Chercover and Ali Karim, both of whom gave very warm compliments to my work during their panels. Thanks guys.

BEST COMPLIMENT AWARD: All due respect to Sean and Ali, but this one goes to Zoe Sharp, who told me after my 9 AM Saturday panel that I had a lovely voice, even though said voice was on its last legs from too much rum, secondhand smoke, and lack of sleep.

LEE CHILD LAID BACK RIGHTEOUS DUDE AWARD: Carl Causey, husband of Toni McGee Causey. Definitely one of the good guys.

THE MIRROR IMAGE AWARD: The famous mystery/thriller writer who was so trashed he thought I was Harry Hunsicker, not once but twice. Your secret is safe with me, my friend, but I reserve the right to tweak your nose about it in the future. That's how I roll.

THE CURE FOR DRUNKENNESS AWARD: The bartenders at the Grand Hyatt, who made it difficult to get too drunk by the simple expedient of being as hard to reach and aloof as Dell Customer Service.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Chris Everheart, quoting Levon Helm: "New York. It's an adult portion."

THE YES, DUSTY CAN BE BOUGHT FOR THE PRICE OF A MEAL AWARD: Margery Flax at MWA. You finally caught me, hon. Check's on the way.

ACE PANEL MASTER: Jim Born, who kept the panel moving and interesting, even at 9 AM on a Saturday.

ACE NATIVE GUIDE: Former New Yorker Graeme Stone ( I think I got the last name right) who led a merry band of companions to both Bryant Park and Karaoke. He unfortunately was unable to locate any trannies for Kim in the Times Square area. But hey, you can't have everything, even in New York.


David Terrenoire said...


I'm surprised people asked about me as I was so shy and reticent at last year's conference.

But next year. I promise.

Glad you made it and did the representin' for the Old North State.

Stacey Cochran said...

It was great hanging out, Dusty. Dinner at Annie Moore's really set the tone, I think.

Check out the photos:

And when the hell am I gonna get linkage from your blog, man?

Take 'em easy. And remember....

the dude abides.

JD Rhoades said...

Stacey: Yikes! Sorry about the linkage. You're in the blogroll now.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

You sure they weren't saying, "Thank god he's not here. Now maybe we can hear each other."?

Next year, for sure. And, goddamnit I will have a book to hawk by then.

Anonymous said...

Oops, just checked website. Looks like NYC again.


Anonymous said...

Sorry -- my first post lost in cyber-ether. I'd asked where '08 T'fest would be, then looked it up for myself.


JD Rhoades said...

I'm down widdit.

Zoe Sharp said...


Thank you for the award! Do I need to make an acceptance speech? Seriously, you must gargle with a heck of a lot of bourbon and razor blades to get that gravelly tone. It's just wonderful.

And as for being mistaken for Harry Hunsicker, it could be worse. My web monkey found your blog and passed it on to me with the assumption that you were a woman ...


Zoe Sharp