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Theatre Stories @ Riley’s (Part 1):
Michael McBurney

June 30th, 2014

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

So says one of the characters in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and this month, at Riley’s Pour House, an impressive roster of storytellers got the chance to prove the wisdom of those words.

The event was Storytelling Night at Riley’s, he theme was Theatre Stories, and once again, the house was packed. In all, the night prove . . . [Read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

Storytelling Night @ Riley’s Presents: Writers on Writing

May 29th, 2014

Lawrence C. Connolly performs at Riley's Pour HouseOutside, rains rolled in to hammer the pub’s street-side windows, but the inside remained warm and friendly as a packed house gathered for Storytelling Night at Riley’s Pour House. The night’s theme: The Writing Life. Special quests for the evening were members of Write or Die, Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Program, and. . . .

[Read the rest of the story and and listen to an audio excerpt at The 21st-Century Scop.]

Time to Listen to the Werepig!

May 8th, 2014

Funky WerepigIf Greg Hall didn’t exist – the horror genre would have to just go ahead and invent him. I made that claim a few years back, and I think it might even appear somewhere on the cover of Werepig Feaver, Greg’s 2012 collection of stories and novelties – a book guaranteed to give you both laugh cramps and atavistic tingles.

Greg also hosts the Funk Werepig Show on the TMV Café, and I’ll be joining him this Friday (May 9) from 9:00 to 10:00 (eastern time)  for one of the fastest hours on the Internet. Hope you can join us.

We’ll be talking about horror, rock-n-roll, moonpies, and some upcoming book releases.

Mark your calendar, meet me in the Café, and we’ll kick some werepig bahookie.

What Are You Reading?

March 10th, 2014

51svcQo8sFL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_If you’re like me, you have a number of books going at once. Maybe there’s a hardback open on your nightstand, a paperback waiting in your briefcase, an ebook queued up on your digital device. There’s simply too much out there for b00k-at-a-time reading, and having so many books going at the same time means I’m always making and looking for recommendations.

Last week I finished Yann Martel’s genre-bending Life of Pi. This week I’m wrapping up K. J. Parker’s political fantasy Devices and Desires. And next week (sooner, if I can swing it) I plan to dive into Jon Sprunk‘s Blood and Iron, a book that is already getting some amazing buzz (check out the review at i09). The novel is already queued up on my Kindle, ready and waiting.

So how about you? What are you reading? My comment box and FB page are open, and I’m always looking for recommendations.