R.L. Stein and THE BLACKENING OF FLESH at Printer’s Row Lit Fest

The fine folks at the National Weather Service say it’s supposed to be sunny and 90° in Chicago this weekend, so it seems that locally, anyway, summer has finally … summed? But if you don’t believe the forecast, you still know it’s summer in the Windy City, because this weekend, Printer’s Row Lit Fest comes to Polk and Dearborn in Chicago, and admission to the main event is F-R-E-E.

Printer’s Row Lit Fest is the Midwest’s biggest book fair, bringing all manner of publishers, authors, and booksellers from around the country for two days of panel discussions, book signings and that perfect summer read. I’ll be at the Post Mortem Press table, personalizing copies of LOSING TOUCH and my new novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH. It’s about a freshly-minted high school graduate who’s house is haunted by five bootlegging diamond thieves.


The past won’t stay buried.

Cynthia Pelayo, International Latino Book Award-winning author of SANTA MUERTE, will also be on hand signing her first young adult dark fantasy novel, as well as it’s highly-anticipated sequel, THE MISSING, about a young woman’s choice between siding with the Mexican saint of death or letting her sister die. Josef Matulich, author of CAMP ARCANUM, continues his comedy about sex, magick, and power tools with POWER TOOLS IN THE SACRED GROVE, and he’ll be personalizing both books in the series this weekend at the Post Mortem Press table.



GOOSEBUMPS creator R.L. Stine will also be speaking at Printer’s Row at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in a ticketed event at the Harold Washington Library, where he’ll be receiving the 2016 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award. Come hear the author of MONSTER BLOOD, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY, and THE HAUNTED MASK discuss his career as a prolific scarer of readers, young and old alike … and then head back to the street, where the “next R.L. Stine’s” new book may well be waiting for you.

And feel free to get lunch or dinner while you’re down there. Aside from the event vendors, there’s pizza at Gino’s East, barbecue at Pork Chop, sandwiches at Potbelly Sandwich Works, Chicago dogs and Maxwell Street Polish at Standing Room Only, Italian food and wine at Sofi Restaurant, a huge selection of drinks at Kasey’s Tavern, and burgers and drinks at Hackney’s Printer’s Row.

The fun happens this Saturday and Sunday on Dearborn from Congress to Polk, and getting there is really easy. Printer’s Row Lit Fest is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, rain or shine. But we already covered that, didn’t we?

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.

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