I just read some very disturbing news. My good friend and all-around-great-guy, Steve Niles and his family lost damn near everything in the recent Austin, Texas flooding. Here is Steve's harrowing account of the experience:
"Woke up at 6am to water rushing into the house. Already ankle deep by the time we saw it. We got as much as we could off the ground and tried to block but there wasn't much we could do. The worst was trying to get to Gil. It was waist deep almost and strong enough to throw around logs. I reached him and he was submerged and freaking out. Don't remember much more then lifting him and carrying him all the way back to the house. Looking back I can see how scary it was."
We are securing the house as much as we can and going through the damage. A scrapbook full of original art I've kept for 30 years is gone. A lot more.
Our friends Belinda and Steve are setting up a fund to help. I feel terrible about this but once things settle I'll have to face up that we need help. I just wish I could catch my breath for 5 minutes and I can make my own money. Austin has had other ideas I guess.
We'll keep you posted. We're sort of trapped here for right now. Going to pack and move as much as we can before the next storm hits.
Thank you guys so much."
Steve is ALWAYS one of, if not THE, first person to stand up and help a friend or fellow creator in need. As Mike Mignola states, "It's time to pay it forward." Let's rally together and help Steve and his family get through this unimaginably tough time.
You can read Steve's update and how to help here:
Thanks for your help!