Personal issues with comments made about Dragon Con and Dragon Con attendees (and then, as a fallout from that, about me) earlier this year be damned right now. Niles has been a good friend to and supporter of people I know and been a supporter of some things and events that I also support. And more important than that right now, he’s a human being and as a human being Steve Niles could use some help right now.
According to a report in Bleeding Cool, Steve’s Austin, Texas home was flooded out when storms rampaged through the area over the weekend. The good news out of it is that reports so far indicate that everyone in the house, people and animals alike, managed to get to safety through the waste-deep waters. The bad news is that Steve has lost a good deal of what he had, including unique items that likely cannot be replaced, and the worse news is that he didn’t have flood insurance.
Steve Niles commented on the matter with this statement:
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.
The fund set up for Steve that he references in the above statement can be donated to through Paypal to: HelpSteveNiles@gmail.com
Bottom line: This is a horrendously bad turn of events for anyone to face without some help. Steve’s given a lot to the horror community over the years. A little bit given back right now might not be such a bad thing.