Horror Master Steve Niles moved to Austin Texas about a year back where he could continue his Friday night Scrabble sessions with Legendary artist Bernie Wrightson. Last night a storm passed through the area and flooded his house. Word is that Steve, Monica and all the animals are fine – Gil the turtle was in danger, but Steve found him and carried him out through waist deep water – so that's the good news.
The bad news is Steve has no flood insurance and they have lost a lot. A Paypal account has been set up to raise money to help him. Steve has always been quick to help out and raise money for Hurricane Sandy and many other causes. If you can help, please donate through Paypal to: HelpSteveNiles@gmail.com
Update – when you send money to the email address it will reference Belinda Hernandez. She is the Belinda that Steve mentions below.
Here is what happened in Steve's own words:
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.