We’re pleased to announce the next reading event in our VT Speculative Fiction series: Dark Mountain State: A night of Horror and Dark Fantasy! The event will be held on November 16th at the Quarterstaff Games, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. RSVP here.
As the shadows deepen and the nights grow long, it becomes readily apparent just why New England is home to so many fantasy and horror authors. The very geography and history of our corner of the nation is ripe for the stories that keep us up long into the night. Geek Mountain State and Quarterstaff Games presents Dark Mountain State, a reading event that focuses on the horror and fantasy authors in Vermont, and brings them together for an event that will leave us sleeping with one eye open.
Here’s our author lineup:
T. L. Barrett grew up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom on a steady diet of comic books, monster movies, fantasy novels and reruns of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. His early fiction developed from elaborate escape plans in the case of monster attack. In 2009, he sold his first short story to an anthology. Twenty short stories and six novels later, he continues his lifelong quest to write the weirdest stories of all time. His books, The Wardmaster, The Night Library, Hairy Bromance, The Door to Halloween and others are available at Amazon.com and other book sellers. You can learn more about him and his work at http://tlbarrett.com.
Brandon Barrows lives in the shadow-haunted hills of Vermont with his wife and a pair of elder spawn cats, writing comic books, prose and poetry. His detective comic series JACK HAMMER is published by Action Lab Comics and his sci-fi series VOYAGA is published by AAM/Markosia. His prose and poetry have appeared in the book anthologies Whispers from the Abyss from 01 Publishing and Another 100 Horrors from Cruentus Libri Press as well as magazines such as Sorcerous/Mystic Signals, Fiction365, Scifikuest, FrostFire Worls, Linguistic Erosion, Daily Love and others. Find more at http://www.brandonbarrowscomics.com/
If it screams, squelches, or bleeds, Kristin Dearborn has probably written about it. She revels in comments like “But you look so normal…how do you come up with that stuff?” A life-long New Englander, she aspires to the footsteps of the local masters, Messrs. King and Lovecraft. When not writing or rotting her brain with cheesy horror flicks (preferably creature features!) she can be found scaling rock cliffs or zipping around Vermont on a motorcycle, or gallivanting around the globe. Her first novel, Trinity, was released in 2012. A novella, “Sacrifice Island” was released in October 2013. For more information please visit www.kristindearborn.com.
Daniel Mills is the author of Revenants: A Dream of New England (Chomu Press, 2011). His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Black Static, Shadows & Tall Trees, The Grimscribe’s Puppets, and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 23. He lives in Hinesburg. Visit him online at http://www.daniel-mills.net.
Erika Nichols is a native ofStowe, Vermont and now lives in Burlington. She writes poetry, as well as short stories, nonfiction essays and the eternal novel-in-progress. Her work has been published in Runaway Parade, Storyteller, The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2013 anthology, and elsewhere. Her short story Paper Plane will be printed in Please Do Not Remove, a collection of literature based on library card catalogues, forthcoming in the spring of 2014. Erika also co-authors a blog with Jess Mizzi called River Song Vagabonds.
After teaching literature, philosophy, history, and religion for more than a decade, Brian began writing epic fantasy. His first book, The Emperor’s Blades (forthcoming from Tor on January 14, 2014), is the start of his series, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne. He lives on a steep dirt road in the mountains of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, husbanding, splitting wood, skiing, and adventuring, not necessarily in that order. He can be found on twitter at @brianstaveley, facebook as bstaveley and Google+ as Brian Staveley.
We hope to see you there!