I had the chance to talk with Sam Sykes last night about his upcoming release party at The Poisoned Pen for The City Stained Red. There’s plenty of goodies in the main interview, which runs on Sunday in The Arizona Republic, but I’m going to share some of the outtakes here.
My first little nugget was about the infamous Author DnD game at ConFusion in Detroit this past weekend:
So you just got back from ConFusion. How was it?
ConFusion is kind of strange. It’s a great little Con, just about the perfect size, with this incredible author lineup, and it’s great seeing everyone there. But there weren’t many people at the panels. It almost felt like two Cons, the one with the panels and the one with the authors gathered at the bar.
Tell me about the DnD game.
We rolled six critical misses in a row, it was incredible! Aside from that it got pretty weird. I felt kind of bad because someone actually bid on a seat to play with us and we weren’t taking it too seriously. But he seemed to have a good time.
I was playing a dwarf thief who was a veteran of some unnamed war and was extremely unstable. He SAYS he was a veteran, my opinion was he was just a psychopath masquerading as a veteran. That was a lot of fun to role play.
Wesley Chu was playing also, and was part of those critical misses, so part of his fumble was that he hit me with his knife. So I went and wiped the blood from my wound, drew it over my lips and attempted to kiss him deeply on the mouth. To which he kicked me in the nuts and I took two points damage.
How did Myke Cole take that?
He tries to endure. He tries to play it straight. He was the DM so he was doing his best. There’s some things I do that he really can’t prepare for though.
Like habanero salsa?
Yeah, that’s one. He’s doing the batsu game again this year, I’m hoping that we don’t kill him this time.
Look for more outtakes in the coming days. The City Stained Red is already available in eBook and will be released in paperback on Jan. 27.
— Michael Senft