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A Story by Horror Master Stephen Volk

March 20th, 2015

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I’ve been a Stephen Volk fan ever since I caught the movie Gothic at a midnight run back in 1987. Directed by Ken Russell, the same over-the-top director responsible for such classics as Altered States and The Devils, Gothic presents Stephen Volk’s reimagining of events that led to the writing of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Among his other film credits are Ghostwatch, which made broadcast history by smashing television’s fourth-wall back in 1992; and The Awakening (2011), which may be the best ghost story ever put on film.

Volk has also authored some of the best novellas and short stories currently available in the genre, and over the years I’ve had the privilege of . . . [Read and head more at The 21st-Century Scop].

Get Ready for the Party of the Year!

March 10th, 2015

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It starts Friday night at Riley’s when Duane Davis and I take the stage at 8:00, and it’ll continue Saturday when we open for the Wild Geese Band  at 6:00. Should be a rocking good time.

The party continues on Tuesday (the official St. Patrick’s Day).

Other musicians performing at the three-day event will include John Puckett , Mike Gallagher, and Mark Guiser. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this one. Slàinte!

What Riley’s Scops Talk About . . .
When They Talk About Love

February 26th, 2015

tim sommers leadThe polar vortex didn’t keep story lovers from turning out at this month’s storytelling night at Riley’s Pour House.

If you were there, you know firsthand how thoroughly the act of storytelling can warm a frigid night.

If you didn’t attend, and you live anywhere in the Pittsburgh area, you owe it to yourself to drop by next time. Either way, we hope you enjoy this post and will consider spreading the word about Story Night @ Riley’s.

This months session featured a roster of talented scops who explored. . .

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

Story Night @ Riley’s: Fear and Resolutions

February 3rd, 2015

Greg Siegle - compressedWe never know where the stories are going to take us at Riley’s Pour House.

This year’s first story night (January 27) featured a number of strong storytelling debuts  as well as the return of one of 2014’s All Star champions. The theme was “Resolutions,” and although all of the stories addressed the topic, many also touched on the nature of fear and anxiety.

Among those storytellers making a Riley’s-Story-Night debut was Greg Siegle, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Psychiatry who spends his days studying the dynamics of depression and anxiety. He’s a gifted storyteller with an intense rapid-fire wit that made his story one of the highlights of the evening. Centering on his desire to to lower the intensity of his life, or (in his words) “turn it down to simmer,” his story veered through a variety of fascinating . . . .

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