Geek Mountain State Presents Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic


We’re pleased to announce the details of our next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic! This month’s theme is entirely fantasy, and the authors we’ve invited all bring a range of stories to the table. This reading is the fourth in series, and once again partners with Quarterstaff Games of Burlington.

As this endless winter comes to a slow and drawn out end, springtime will bring a certain flavor of magic to the Green Mountains. Whether it’s the fantastic setting of an entirely different world, or our own with a twist of the impossible, our six authors will read you their stories that delve into the unknown.

This month’s reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace. The event will take place at 4:00 pm. RSVP here.

Here’s our fantastic lineup of authors:


Daniel Mills

Daniel is the author of Revenants (Chomu Press, 2011) and The Lord Came at Twilight (Dark Renaissance Books, 2014). His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications including Black Static, A Season in Carcosa, The Children of Old Leech, and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 23. He lives in Hinesburg. Visit him online at

Aimee Picchi

Aimee is a freelance writer for CBS MoneyWatch, and has been published in the Boston Globe, Bloomberg Markets, MSN Money and Seven Days, among other publications. Before freelancing, she worked as a media reporter for Bloomberg News in New York. Her fiction has been published in The Colored Lens and is forthcoming in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She also slush reads for the Hugo-award winning Clarkesworld magazine. A classically trained violist, she is a graduate of the Juilliard pre-college program and the Eastman School of Music.

Brian Staveley

After teaching literature, philosophy, history, and religion for more than a decade, Brian began writing epic fantasy. His first book, The Emperor’s Blades, released earlier this  year from Tor, is the start of a series, The 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.

Pat Esden


Pat is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in number of magazines, including Challenging Destiny, Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. She’s also had a story in George Scither’s Cat Tales anthology. Check out her website

Paul Hobday

Paul is a native Vermonter. He received his BA in Writing and Literature from Burlington College in 2013. Since then he’s been tirelessly writing in his free time, working on short and long fiction. Paul is also an active member of the Burlington Writer’s Workshop, a group of Vermont writers who work together to hone their craft. Paul has a short story in the forth coming 2014 Burlington Writers Workshop Anthology

Erika Nichols

Erika is a native of Stowe, 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.

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