Neal Barrett Jr.’s Author Emeritus Party

Since Austin’s own Neal Barrett, Jr. was named SFWA Author Emeritus for the 2009 Nebula Awards, FACT threw a party at Casa Siros to celebrate the occasion, with luminaries coming from as far away as Nacogdoches (Joe R. his ownself) to pay homage.

Susan Wade, William Browning Spencer (occluded), Neal Barrett, Jr. (holding up the art SFWA had commissioned, featuring himself and three of his characters), Don Webb

Susan Wade, William Browning Spencer, Neal Barrett, Jr., Don Webb

Susan Wade, William Browning Spencer, Neal Barrett, Jr., Don Webb

Neal Barrett, Jr. holding up the SFWA Author Emeritus, which is a kaleidoscope. (“Kaleidoscope” is also the name of an awesome Ray Bradbury story from The Illustrated Man.)

The back of Joe R. Lansdale’s head, Ruth Barrett, someone whose name I should remember, and Scott Cupp

A closer (albeit oblique) view of said painting; I took a straight-on picture, but the flash reflection on the glass made it impossible to see.

Neal iz 2 kewl 4 this skewl!

More of the same. Less of the sane.

Just a few of Casa Siros’ vast array of Glowing Gizmos.

Three excellent authors who have had their books published by St. Martin’s. Also, three authors who are not on The New York Times Bestsellers List. These two facts may be related.

Neal cuts the cake, while Carol is just slightly too slow to avoid being incriminated with the rest of us.

Joe R. Lansdale, William Browning Spencer, Don Webb, and Neal Barrett, Jr. Susan Wade would be in this picture, had she not been eaten by a Grue.

FACT party attendees. Just after this picture, one of their number was ritually chosen by lot to be stoned to death.

Joe R. Lansdale and William Browning Spencer, in the last known photo of them before being horribly devoured by Pixar characters.

“Walk towards the light….walk towards the light…”

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2 Responses to “Neal Barrett Jr.’s Author Emeritus Party”

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  2. Biting Dog Publications has released Through Darkest America and the sequel, Dawn’s Uncertain Light by Neal Barrett Jr in ebook format available at all major retailers.

    Dave Dinsmore
    Biting Dog Publications

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