May 21st, 2013
The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of the past, the more we’ve come to love Halloween—the one time each year when the mundane is overturned in favor of the bizarre, the “other side” is closest, and everyone can become anyone or anything they wish… and sometimes what they don’t. Eighteen original stories from mistresses and masters of the dark celebrating the most fantastic, enchanting, spooky, and supernatural of holidays.
(in alphabetical order by author’s last name):
“Black Dog” by Laird Barron
“From Dust” by Laura Bickle
“Angelic” by Jay Caselberg
“Pumpkin Head Escapes” by Lawrence Connolly
“All Hallows in the High Hills” by Brenda Cooper
“We, the Fortunate Bereaved” by Brian Hodge
“Thirteen” by Stephen Graham Jones. . . .
[Read more at Prime Books. ]
May 14th, 2013
It’s the season for music reunions. Styx and REO Speedwagon are back on the road, and Lou Gramm might (or might not) be considering reuniting with Foreigner.
But the really big event is happening this Thursday at Riley’s Pour House, the spot that Pittsburgh Magazine has named the Best Irish Pub in Pittsburgh.
That’s where I’ll be joining my good friend Christopher Laughrey for a Laughrey Connolly reunion, playing together for the first time since 2008.
We’ll take the stage at 9:00, play some tunes from the Laughrey Connolly Band songbook (think “Watching Brid Cairenn,” “Leaving Liverpool,” “Castle Gregory“), and wrap up around 10:00. Is there a better way to spend a Thursday?
Hope to see you there!
May 5th, 2013
Interview with Tracee Ford
Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Funny thing. After five books and over 50 short fiction sales, I’m still not comfortable calling myself a writer. I’m just a guy who writes. It’s about the verb, not the label; about the doing, not the being. . . .
[Read More at Tracee Ford's blog.]
April 12th, 2013
Flashing the Veins sign: students in Michael A. Arnzen’s Horror Writing class welcome the 21st-Century Scop to Seton Hill University. What a blast!
This week the 21st-Century Scop visited Seton Hill University, where four-time Bram Stoker Award winning author Michael A. Arnzen teaches an undergraduate class in horror writing. [Read more at the 21st-Century Scop.]