Les Klinger’s Hobby – 2013 Year in Review

The year 2013 has been a busy one for co-founding partner Les Klinger, both inside and outside the office.

Early in the year Les Klinger was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® (presented by the Horror Writers Association at the World Horror Convention) for Annotated Sandman, vol. 1 (New York: DC Comics, 2012).

Les again moderated a panel at the Los Angeles Festival of Books, this one on mystery series, held on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Les was selected to speak on “Publishing Contracts 101” at the California Crime Writers Conference in Pasadena, CA, on June 22, 2013.

Les was selected to be the keynote speaker at “Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Place,” a conference presented by the University of Minnesota on Aug. 10-12, 2013, and was a panelist at San Diego Comic-Con in mid-July, NecronomiCon in Providence, RI, in late August, and Bouchercon in Albany, NY, in mid-September. Les also introduced “DraculaFest,” sponsored by Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, on September 12, 2013.

Les again taught a UCLA Extension class on “Sherlock Holmes and His World” on Sat., October 26, and was the campus-wide guest speaker at Santa Rosa Community College on October 28, 2013, on Sherlock Holmes. Also, Les moderated a panel on vampires at the Hammer Museum on October 29, 2013, just in time for Halloween! He was also the guest of honor at 221BCon in Seattle on October 4 and 5.

In November 2013, Les was a featured participant at “Men of Mystery” in Orange County and spoke at a conference on “Literature and the Law” in Portland, OR.

2014 promises to be a busy year for Les as well, with volumes 3 and 4 of Annotated Sandman to be published by DC Comics as well as his New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft, due out from W. W. Norton in October 2014.