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Eeriecon 13, 2011
I wanted to go to Eeriecon. I used to go, I missed getting to go, and well, now...crossing the US border is daunting enough without wondering if someone is going to make nebulous false accusations about me and my travelling companions.

Last year, outspoken homophobic crazy, John Allan Price, [who was an 'honored guest' of the con] bragged about how he had 'warned' the Niagara Falls border guards that 'associates' of Peter Watts were travelling to the US to cause trouble. This was immediately before Eeriecon 12 [which is in Niagara Falls, NY] and about four days before the Watts sentencing. It was a malicious thing to do to people who were travelling to Port Huron to support Peter. Nothing actually happened, but I'm sure everyone's stress level was high enough without that. [Price also ranted about how Watts deserved getting beaten, etc. What a charmer.]

All this for an incredibly minor has-been. Why do they want him so badly that they are willing to forgo having Canadian members? [The nearest large city to Eeriecon is Toronto. Self-foot-shooting behaviour, anyone?] Why do they want him so badly that they put up with his overt bigotry?

Eeriecon is probably the only con left that programs Price at all. A poll of programming staff seems to turn up three responses:

1. John Allen who?
2. Oh no, we banned him for engaging in abusive, lengthy, off-topic, homophobic rants during program items he was on.
3. Him? Meh. We haven't programmed him in years.

Eeriecon is, once again, listing him as an 'honoured guest'. This is revolting.

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I can't speak for Niagara Falls but since Peter's incident I have gone to several science fiction literary conventions and stated as such to the same Port Huron border patrol that apprehended him with no problems.

Eeriecon is, once again, listing him as an 'honoured guest'. This is revolting.

I would send another email outlining why he is distasteful to Canadian fans.

I notice Canadians David Clink, James Alan Gardner and Edo Van Belkom are going and are also honoured guests I wonder what John Allen Price thinks of that?

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May he be put on a panel with all four and made to explain himself.

I would have no trouble getting rid of him as a guest. I don't like having personally objectional opinions be the reason for not having a guest - unless they are all through the SF writing or, as in this case, all through his appearance at the con. He even seems to want to hurt the con's numbers. There doesn't seem to be a redeeming element to his participation.

Price _hates_ Watts, eh?

Homophobic rants + A vehement nonsensical dislike of Mr. Watts? Hm. Methinks the gentleman doth protest too much.

Well if anybody from Eeriecon is reading this they can also count me as somebody who had every intention of attending this year and most definitely will be staying at home now.

If they care so little about their Canadian members that they will invite back somebody who intentionally and maliciously tried to cause trouble for them, then it's really not a place I want to be.

Six and a half years later, I regret calling the jerk 'crazy'. Mental illness is not the issue, bigotry and assholishness on Price's part, and pandering to him on the part of the committee is. And as of last fall, they still were sucking up to the creep. And now the border is worse than ever.

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