The ghosts of Chicagoland’s greatest artisans listened in as five of the area’s spookiest authors read from their newest and most popular works yesterday at Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge. John Everson, Richard Thomas, Brian Pinkerton, J. Michael Major, and I each read in the shadow of Iannelli’s Madonna in the main room in front of an intimate and enthusiastic crowd at Homegrown Horrorfest 2014.
If you missed the festivities, you can troll each writer’s website (linked above), or live vicariously through our works, like THE FAMILY TREE by John Everson, BURNT TONGUES, an anthology edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer, KILLER’S DIARY by Brian Pinkerton, ONE MAN’S CASTLE by J. Michael Major, and my own novel, LOSING TOUCH. Everson, Thomas, and I also read from QUALIA NOUS, edited by Michael Bailey.
The Kalo Foundation was founded in 2006 to safeguard the artistic legacy of Park Ridge through education, advocacy, and preservation, and a portion of the proceeds from book sales at yesterday’s event benefitted the restoration of Iannelli Studios, where Alfonso Iannelli lived and worked at the center of a thriving artist colony in the early part of the 20th Century.