I usually don't participate in this meme because I never plan ahead for it and I can never come up with 10 items off the top of my head. Not so this week. Actually, I got a little carried away. There would have been more, but I was fortunate enough to meet a few authors at Stoker Weekend and other conferences (Joe Hill, Peter Straub, Douglas Clegg, Jonathan Maberry). So, with my authors on this list, I envisioned inviting them to a party at my house. (They are in no particular order.)
1. Edgar Allen Poe. Sure, maybe he'd be drunk all night but can you imagine him sitting in a corner with some absinthe reciting Annabel Lee?
2. Jane Austen. Jane would be in a lovely dress with a book clutched to her chest. I don't know why I envision her that way, I've probably seen too many movies. She would be cordial and lively and maybe Poe would try to charm her...or better yet, the following writer would.
3. William Shakespeare. He was a rock star! How could I NOT want to meet him?! At my party he would be play word games with everyone. He would probably win them all.
5. Robert McCammon. Another favorite. I've loved all of his books. My favorite is Swan Song. My husband's favorite is They Thirst. He would compare notes with Stephen King and Poe discussing all things horror.
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9. Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley. They come as a trio and at midnight they would either get everyone to play "Bloody Mary" or, you guessed it, have a contest to see who could write the scariest story.
10. Bram Stoker. While we're at it, I think I should add him to the list. I would love to meet the author who made vampires famous to this day.
12. Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have to admit I stole this one from Jen's list at The Broke and Bookish. But I looooved her series when I was growing up. Yes, I read her books and I feel like I have some idea of what it was like to live in America at that time, but I would love to be able to talk to her in person.
14. Neil Gaiman. I bet he would rush in, goof around a bit, snap some pictures, tweet and then rush off to his next meeting or appearance.
15. J.R.R. Tolkien. Just like J.K. Rowling, I feel what he brought to people with his stories is iconic and shaped the culture and genre of fantasy. I might not let him leave my party until he wrote a story just for me.
17. Clive Barker. He would be in the backyard burying anyone that was ever mean to me.
So, what did you think of my party? What authors would you die to meet and how do you think they'd interact with each other?