Reminder: Cold Mountain State Reading

Next week, Geek Mountain State and Quarterstaff present Cold Mountain State, our latest reading event in the Vermont SF Writer’s Series.

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 .

Our readers will include Daniel Mills, Aimee Picchi, Brian Staveley, Pat Esden, Paul Hobday and Erika Nichols. We hope to see you there!

Week in Geek

We’re going to try something over here, a retrospective on the week, based on the major topics we’ve talked about, with a bit of commentary.

Vermont Comic Con – Word that Vermont was getting its very own Comic Con in Burlington has been huge this week, as has our look at Vermont’s history of conventions in The Vermont Convention Scene. Word of Vermont Comic Con has gotten a number of fans excited on Facebook and Twitter, and it’s easy to see why: neighboring Comic Cons in Boston and Manchester have grown in recent years, and it’s not uncommon to see fans from Vermont in the walkways or behind tables.

We’re cautiously optimistic for this one. On one hand, it’s the first time that this event will be run (although it’s not the first comic con in Vermont, despite the organizer’s claims.) and they’re in a huge space. Hopefully, they’ll attract a good number of people, and it’ll become a center point for people who follow GMS. We’ll likely be there, although exactly how we’ll be there is up in the air.


Geek Mountain State Presents Cold Mountain Stories: A Night of the Fantastic was announced earlier this week, our fourth entry in the Vermont Science Fiction Writer’s Series. We’re pretty excited for this one (as we are for all of them), because we’ve got a really strong lineup of authors. We’ve also started releasing video footage from the first event in the series, Strange as Night, Dark as Fiction #1: F. Brett Cox. We’ve got more footage that’ll come out over the course of April and a new installment will come out next week. Our next reading will take place on April 19th at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington.


This weekend marks International Tabletop Day 2014 in Vermont, and there’s a variety of events taking place across the state with places in Burlington, Danby, Fairlee, and Winooski holding official events.

Lovecraft in Windham County! was also popular this week. The aforementioned F. Brett Cox is talking about famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft at the Rockingham Free Library next Thursday. We attended another talk by him last month in Montpelier, and it was a pretty interesting one. If you’re in the area, check it out. We’ll have a reminder next week.

Second Life for Triple Play Games! Triple Play Games is frequently on our Geek Things event list each morning, and we were pretty sad that the store was closing up shop in Lebanon in March, but excited to hear that they found a new home. They’re opening up again today. Gamers in Lebanon, you won’t be without a gaming store for long: Black Moon Games is moving in.

And finally, weirdly, our 2011 post on Fossil Hunting in Vermont was popular this week. Happy hunting, but you might want to wait until the snow vanishes, which should happen … someday.


That’s what’s been popular this week – what news were you most happy with?



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.