Just in time for Halloween, eight published fiction writers will read from their works at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Front Range Community College.
Halloween Authors Reading will take place in the Rotunda room of the Westminster Campus, 3645 W. 112th Ave. Admission is free.
Genres represented include horror, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, zombie fiction, and new hybrids such as dark thriller, detective vampire, and sci-fi detective noir.
The authors will share their artistic experiences and some professional tips for developing writers in attendance.
The first 60 attendees will receive a free copy of Josh Viola’s debut horror anthology, “Nightmares Unhinged,” which has been a Denver Post and Amazon bestseller as well as being named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews.
Jeanne C. Stein is a New York Times bestseller. Under her own name, she writes the national bestselling Urban Fantasy series, The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles, and as S. J. Harper, she writes The Fallen Siren Series.
Warren Hammond is known for his gritty, futuristic KOP series. By taking the best of classic detective noir, and reinventing it on a destitute colony world, Warren has created these uniquely dark tales of murder, corruption, and redemption. “KOP Killer” won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for best mystery. Warren’s latest novel, “Tides of Maritinia,” was released in December 2014. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world.
Angie Hodapp has worked in language-arts education, publishing, professional writing, and editing for the past two decades. After completing her master’s thesis, a work of creative nonfiction, and leaving academia, she gave herself permission to write what she really wanted to write: speculative fiction and romance.
Carter Wilson is a USA Today best-selling author. He explores the personal depths of psychological tension and paranoia in his dark thrillers. His novels have received critical acclaim, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Carter’s third novel, “The Comfort of Black,” is the winner of three literary awards, including the 2016 Colorado Book Award (Thriller). His fourth novel, “Revelation,” was released in December 2016 by Oceanview.
Sean Eads is a reference librarian in Denver. His first novel, “The Survivors,” was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. His second novel, “Lord Byron’s Prophecy,” was released in October 2015 from Lethe Press. His short fiction has appeared in various anthologies, including Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages (Prime Books), Kaleidoscope (12th Planet Press), and Equilibrium Overturned (Grey Matter Press).
Mario Acevedo is the author of the best-selling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes “Rescue from Planet Pleasure” from WordFire Press. His debut novel, “The Nymphos of Rocky Flats,” was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Decade and was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. He contributed two stories for the award-winning horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, by Hex Publishers. His novel “Good Money Gone,” co-authored with Richard Kilborn, won a best novel 2014 International Latino Book Award.
Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of “Death Wind,” The Ronin Trilogy, “The Wild Boys,” and “Rogues of the Black Fury,” plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. As a freelance writer, he has produced a metric ton of role-playing game work both in print and online, including the “Firefly Roleplaying Game,” “Battletech,” “Legend of Five Rings” d20 System, and the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, “EVE Online.”
Joshua Viola is an author, artist, and former video game developer (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Smurfs,” “TARGET: Terror”). In addition to creating a transmedia franchise around The Bane of Yoto, honored with more than a dozen awards, he is the author of “Blackstar,” a tie-in novel based on the discography of Celldweller. His debut horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, was a Denver Post and Amazon bestseller and named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. His second anthology, Cyber World, co-edited by Jason Heller, was an Independent Publisher Book Awards winner and Colorado Book Award finalist and named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Barnes & Noble. His short fiction has appeared in The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Found anthology (RMFW Press), D.O.A. III – Extreme Horror Collection (Blood Bound Books), and The Literary Hatchet (PearTree Press). He is chief editor and owner of Hex Publishers.
The event is a Howl production, sponsored by the English and Communication Department and Student Life. Howl is the campus literary journal.
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