Meeting Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Posted: June 24, 2018 in books, fiction, horror, Uncategorized
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By Alistair

So tonight, I met Chelsea Quinn Yarbro who, as anyone who knows her will tell you, is not only one of the most talented writers alive, but a charming, intelligent, and truly fascinating human being. Though Quinn and I have exchanged plenty of emails and had many phone conversations in the past couple of years, there’s something to be said about person-to-person contact – you never know what the real-world “chemistry” might be like. I’m glad to say that tonight was effortless; it felt like reconnecting with an old friend.

But for all those easy, natural moments, there were a few that had me thinking, “Wow. What cosmic design put me in a Mexican restaurant with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro?” I remember thinking that very thing as I sat across from her, listening as she recounted her adventures with legendary writers like Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, and Tannith Lee. It was surreal, and even as the conversation moved to more personal things, private things, I couldn’t help wondering how it all happened.

The answer to that, of course, is my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, who’s known Quinn for many, many years. It was Tamara who introduced us, and it was Tamara who, for reasons that still bewilder me, decided in the first place that it was me – me, of all people – that she wanted to write a book with.

That changed my life – and meeting Quinn was a reminder of how lucky I am to know Tamara and how mysterious this world is … and what an extraordinary hand it’s dealt me. It’s a pleasure and an honor to know these women, and I don’t – not for one minute – take them for granted.

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