After a year and a half of hard work, Kane’s book was finally ready to come out. Only hours before our release party, it started to pour out and the temperature dropped to the low 50’s. So much for our rooftop release party. For weeks I had been looking forward to a party outside, on a roof, with spotlights and music, now it was going to be moved inside. Not a huge deal, but still not what I was looking forward to. Regardless, Kane, Shawn and I set out to head to Erebus.
Arriving at Erebus, I was thrilled to see how huge the place was. It was a full four story old brick factory. In fact, the place is so big it was the Guinness World Record holder for the world’s largest haunted house for several years; sadly it recently lost the title. Even though it was not even seven at night, and a full month before Halloween, there was still a line that wrapped half way down the block to go through the haunted house. While I was in awe of the entrance and its giant demon above the doors, we were ushered into the back and rushed upstairs to the “new” location for the party. While I was still pretty bummed that we would not be on the roof, Ed and his team did a great job dressing up the room. The old bare brick walls and poor lighting set the mood. The bar and merchandise tables were made out of real gurneys and the buffet table made of some sort of odd cages, the DJ dressed as a werewolf added the finishing touches. While I still wish we could have done the rooftop, I was still damn happy with the location.
Sweating from nerves and the slight humidity, I set up our table of books and our banners. I fidgeted with it for a while as it was the first time I was setting it up. Finally happy with how it looked, I didn’t know what to do. Part of me wanted to greet guests, but at the same time I was too nervous, so I used the excuse that I couldn’t leave the table, that way I could stay hidden away in the corner. Sitting safely behind my table I watched as Kane mingled with fans that started to come in, who were all dressed as Jason or a victim (which was a requirement to come to the party). I felt like a gerbil who had been beaten too many times, afraid to go near the humans, I was so nervous, part of me wanted to drop to the floor and just hide there. As the night progressed, I slowly got more comfortable and even talked to people as they came to my table. Little by little, I started to come out of my shell. The book was selling well and I was happy that things were finally starting to shape up. Most of all, I was thrilled that the book was finally out and that the tour had actually begun.
Having no one to work my sales table, it was a pain selling items and then having to walk over to Kane’s table to sign books. Mostly it was awkward because people thought I was just the guy selling stuff, then I got up and walked over to sign the book I just sold them. It was odd, but I finally got a good rhythm going and enjoyed meeting Kane’s fans and talking to them.
As the night progressed it was great seeing all the fans dressed up as either victims or variations of Jason. There were people half dead everywhere, Jason’s swinging machetes, women screaming as they pretended to be a victim and many other crazy costumes that night. There was even a woman who was dressed up as a dead bride. Little did we know this woman would become a good friend and an eventual producer on our show, but more on that in later posts. Half way through the night, food was served and most of the crowd had a good buzz going, which meant they got a bit more rowdy, though that just made it fun. At one point a group picture of all the Jason’s with Kane in the middle was taken. It was a great moment getting to see Kane standing amongst dozens of fans in costume.
I started to loosen up and enjoy the night; that is until people wanted to go through the haunted house, which would have been fine, if Kane didn’t force me to go…. All I could think of was, do I really have to go in?