House of Torment
"..."Just sit down in the chair and start writing and then after 10 or 12 years you'll figure this stuff out." – Howard Waldrop..."
"...R. Martin and Howard Waldrop spent an hour in front of several hundred people at LoneStarCon 3 telling the kind of stories on each other that made you feel they should have given up on one another or else fallen to fisticuffs long, long ago...."
"...There was a later story about Dwight Eisenhower as a jazz horn player and one in which Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers, and the Three Stooges were slapstick-racing through Iowa to try to stop the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens from taking off into the snowy night sky, where their lives ended. Howard Waldrop wrote all those stories, and so many more – though I expect some editors, even those completely untrained in dentistry, would have had an easier job pulling teeth than they did getting those stories from Howard...."
"...Back in the day, Sterling spearheaded cyberpunk's invasion of the world of science fiction, and Howard Waldrop was among the fairly oddball writers sharing the public eye at that time. Waldrop is not demonstrably prolific: Since 1974 he's published two novels (one co-authored with Jake Saunders) and five short story collections..."
"...Traditionally held either on the coasts or around the Great Lakes, its 1976 incarnation as MidAmeriCon in Kansas City, Mo., pushed Austin book dealer Willie Siros and fellow fan Robert Taylor to put their own together. They invited local authors John Varley and Howard Waldrop to headline the first event..."
"...Martin. (For an interview with the Game of Thrones creator, see austinchronicle.com/blogs.) In addition to reading his own work (Friday, 5pm), Martin will co-host The Howard and George Show, an hour with Austin's own Howard Waldrop (Saturday, 4pm)...."
"...Brown's arrival coincided with the 20th anniversary of ArmadilloCon, the homegrown annual sci-fi convention that was not just a celebration of the more fantastic genres of literature and one hell of a fannish good time, but somewhere aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror could meet and polish their craft via workshops led by their fellow writers from the local scene. In the days of ArmadilloCon's founding, such writers included Bruce Sterling, Howard Waldrop, Steven Utley, Lisa Tuttle, Tom Reamy, and their beloved mentor, University of Texas anthropology professor Chad Oliver – all members of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop, a Lone Star coterie that became one of the epicenters of speculative fiction..."
"...Assembled to select the winners of this new competition were an impressive septet of local literati: novelist Sarah Bird (who, at that point, had published Alamo House, The Boyfriend School, and The Mommy Club); journalist and author Robert Draper (at the time Associate Editor at Texas Monthly); novelist Elizabeth Harris (then a teacher of fiction writing at the University of Texas and recent winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award); novelist Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (then, as now, a professor of English at UT and deep into his 15-volume Klail City Death Trip Series); science-fiction short story master Howard Waldrop (who at the time had most recently published the novella A Dozen Tough Jobs); rock & roll historian Ed Ward (then the Chronicle's Books editor); and essayist and memoirist Marion Winik (then a regular contributor to NPR's All Things Considered as well as the Chronicle)...."
"...Some of those students had library connections and began amassing sci-fi and fantasy books, pulps, and comics for the school, as well as manuscripts and unpublished writings from the authors that attended the con. In the Seventies, a gang of up-and-coming Lone Star sf writers that had formed the Turkey City Writer's Workshop – among them, Steven Utley, Lisa Tuttle, Tom Reamy, Bruce Sterling, and Howard Waldrop became popular with the AggieCon crowd, and through them, Martin – who had been corresponding with Waldrop since the early Sixties, when they were teens absorbed with superhero comics – made his way to College Station..."
"...For what the organizers mildly describe as a little literary convention, the program participant list reads like a who's who of genre pioneers and Nebula Award winners. Longtime regular guests like novelist and ArmadilloCon 1 toastmaster Howard Waldrop and the king of Nacogdoches Gothic, Joe Lansdale, rub shoulders with youngbloods like Austin-based comics writer Paul Benjamin, the plotter behind Tokyopop's manga Pantheon High, and San Antonio homicide cop/Bram Stoker Award-nominated horror writer Joe McKinney..."
"...Recommended: "How Accurate Are the Lord of the Rings Movie Adaptations?" at 4pm on Friday, with Lillian Stewart Carl, R.L. Conrad, Aaron de Orive, Mitchell Graham, Warren Spector, and Martha Wells; "Memories of ArmadilloCon 1" at 9pm on Friday, with Neal Barrett Jr., Scott Cupp, Willie Siros, Robert Taylor, and Howard Waldrop; "The Golden Gryphon Experience" at 11am on Saturday, with Allison Baker, Barrett, Marty Halpern, and Joe R..."
"...It really has no meaning in terms of encapsulating an editorial idea. I think of it as out of old pulps, Howard Waldrop and the birth of the 21st century..."
"...2. His scheduled appearances include: autographing his books Thursday, 4pm, and Monday, 11am; reading from his work Friday, 5pm; and appearing with Austin science-fiction author Howard Waldrop in "The Howard and George Show," Saturday, 4pm..."
"...“We’ve had Bruce Sterling – and his wife, Jasmina Tešanović,” says Brown. “We’ve had Howard Waldrop being interviewed by Bradley Denton, and they wound up talking about JFK’s assassination..."
"...The 1997 Worldcon – aka LoneStarCon 2 – was considered a big deal by Margaret Moser, then Chronicle Books Editor, and rightly so. Central Texas had a long and noble tradition of science fiction and fantasy writers – Chad Oliver, Bruce Sterling, Steve Utley, Howard Waldrop, Bradley Denton, Lewis Shiner, Jessica Reisman, et al..."
"...He was an avid reader and devoured everything, especially science fiction. He found his way into the fledgling community of Austin sci-fi writers, men like Bruce Sterling, Bill Wallace, Howard Waldrop, and Steve Utley, guys who loved Richard’s quirky mind and bizarre tastes..."
"...My second go-round was supposed to be a short graduate-degree stay but is now into its fourth decade. Fortunately, early on in that one, I hooked up with a number of folks involved in the local science-fiction-writing community at the time: Lisa Tuttle, Steve Utley, Bill and Sally Wallace, Bruce and Nancy Sterling, Howard Waldrop, and Bud Simons, among others..."
"...Dear Louis, I enjoyed your “Page Two” [July 25] memories of Otto Binder; we all need a mentor at a crucial point in life who can show us how to ford the streams. And thank you for dedicating the issue to Howard Waldrop, a truly wild talent..."
"...and Diane Jane Morrison writing on politics, with reviews by Harvey Neville, Sarah Whistler, George Coleman, Greg Beal, Jeff Whittington, and Chris Walters. There was a long interview with John Sayles by Ed Lowry and Nick Barbaro, while legendary writer Howard Waldrop contributed the cover story on Richard O'Brien...."