The Wonderful “Weirdos”

image (3)Standing in the elevator at the Marriott Marquis, I was crowded to the back by a group of the suit and tie set.

“What are all these weirdos doing here?” asked a woman.

“Some kind of horror movie convention,” answered her companion. “They’re everywhere.”

“It’s the World Horror Convention,” I piped up, and I suddenly felt so proud and relieved to be included in this group of “weirdos.” “We’re mostly writers and authors.” Embarrassed silence took over the rest of the ride until I got off on my floor, smiling.

Since I published End of Mae I have had an author identity crisis. I learned early on that “horror” carried a stigma that I have tried to rid myself of. I’ve denied it, tried to write in other genres, tried not to enjoy Marilyn Manson quite so much and grow up. It’s been a long process of denial.

Coming to the World Horror Convention is possibly the best thing I’ve ever done for myself as an author. I can tell we all enjoy many of the same things and have similar thought processes. There’s no judgement, only appreciation and the joy that comes from so much happy morbidity radiating from everyone. I feel like I have found a family.

Proud to be one of the weirdos, I am now off to the ball. :)

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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3 Responses to The Wonderful “Weirdos”

  1. Lexa Cain says:

    Never feel bad for writing horror! Only people who follow trends hoping for success or write in popular genres that they hate just to gain some money should feel bad. Follow your passion! I’m glad you’re feeling secure at the horror convention. There are a bunch of great horror groups on FB too, that will make you feel right at home. Have a wonderful and affirming weekend!! :)

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