Barnes & Noble HorrorFest: Don’t miss NEXT year’s…

Photo by John Everson.

Photo by John Everson.

Halloween started early last night at Barnes & Noble in Racine with HorrorFest 2015, featuring W.D. Gagliani, John Everson, Candice Shatkins, and me reading some of our favorite stories and discussing the things that drew us to horror.

If you missed it, that’s okay. I read the first chapter of LOSING TOUCH, about Morgan Dunmore’s first embarrassing experience phasing through solid matter. I’ve never read that passage in a group setting before, and now I remember why. Let’s just say that the reasons are scatalogical in nature.

Photo by John Everson.

Photo by John Everson.

Gagliani shared a passage from his Nick Lupo “Wolf Cycle” series about Lupo’s father, Franco, who hunted and killed werewolves in Nazi-occupied Italy during World War II. The series begins with WOLF’S TRAP, and is followed by WOLF’S GAMBITWOLF’S BLUFF,  WOLF’S EDGEWOLF’S CUT and WOLF’S BLIND, coming in November.

Photo by W.D. Gagliani.

Photo by W.D. Gagliani.

Everson read “The Right Instrument” from VIGILANTES OF LOVE, which is about a jingle writer who, struggling to make the rent and dumped by the person he loves, is gifted with a new piano that solve all his problems … from a certain point of view. Obi Wan Kenobi would be proud of the logic.

Shatkins told us about Kenosha’s town blasphemer, Louis Knapp, a churchgoer in the 19th century who, fed up with what he called the “priest-craft”, had monuments carved and placed in Green Ridge Cemetery lambasting organized religion. The true story is included in her book, HAUNTED KENOSHA: GHOSTS, LEGENDS, AND BIZARRE TALES.

So if you missed it, like I said, that’s fine. You can recreate the fun by reading the books yourself and occasionally glancing at the pictures in this post. But let this serve as your early invitation to HorrorFest 2016 at Barnes & Noble in Racine. Don’t miss it next year…

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

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