Storytelling @ Riley’s:
Midsummer Night Stories

August 21st, 2014

SONY DSCThere’s something alluring about a good story, and that was certainly clear at our last Storytelling @ Riley’s session. The theme was Midsummer Night Stories, and it featured a night of fine tales from some Riley’s regulars as well as quite a number of volunteers from the audience.  Stories included a camping adventure in Cook Forest, an account of a strange discovery  . . .

[Read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

August Mania:
Madness, Music, and Mannequins

August 8th, 2014

Connolly Wytovich ArnzenSorry. Couldn’t resist the alliteration, but it’s as good a way as any to summarize this month’s events.

The Madness

That’s madness of the fun variety, of course. Earlier this week I joined Raw Dog Screaming Press authors Stephanie M. Wytovich and Michael A. Arnzen for a reading at Rickert & Beagle Books. That’s the three of us on the left, standing beneath the store’s Horror sign (although it does seem as if Mike is actually standing beneath the Mental Health sign).

Stephanie opened the reading with the poem “Daddy’s Little Grave Digger,” from her new collection Mourning Jewelry. It’s the second time I heard her read it, the first being earlier this summer at the Pennsylvania Literary Festival. At both readings I was impressed with her ability to deliver the poem in a tone that conveyed both a sense of dread and whimsy. Great stuff.

She also read excerpts from last year’s Bram Stoker nominated Hysteria: A Collection of Madness and a few new poems – indicating that. . . [Read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

This Week’s Mine Meld at SF Signal:
Favorite Library and Bookstore Memories

August 6th, 2014

Somewhere A VoiceFrom this week’s installment of The Mine Meld at SF Signal:

I grew up in Levittown in the 1960s. Ten square miles of uniformity, hundreds of houses just like mine, thousands of people just like me. To escape the normalcy, my friends and I imagined strange worlds with alien landscapes, adventures in places where weird became the new normal, where anything could happen.

A few times a month, when we’d saved enough pocket change to make the trip worthwhile, we mounted our bikes and rode into a dimension of color and imagination that waited in the corner store of an ordinary-looking strip mall . . . .

[Read the rest of this bookstore memory, along with those of 13 other writers, at this week's installment of The Mind Meld at SF Signal.]

Fantasy, SF, and Horror @ Rickert & Beagle

August 2nd, 2014

rickert+beagle-exterior-237x300Join Michael ArnzenStephanie Wytovich and Lawrence Connolly for a reading and booksigning at Rickert & Beagle Books — Pittsburgh’s awesome new bookstore for fantasy, science-fiction and horror fiction — at 2pm on August 2nd, 2014.

If you haven’t been to the store yet, this is a great opportunity to check it out. Peter S. Beagle (author of The Last Unicorn) and . . . [Read more at Gorelets.com].