Our staff will be cooking up recipes from The Art of Eating Through a Zombie Apocalypse, so expect some interesting – and possibly disgusting – snacks to sample. A fine group of horror authors will add atmosphere to the spooky occasion: Maria Alexander signs Mr. Wicker; Leslie Klinger signs The Annotated Lovecraft; E.S. Magill signs Halloween Tales; Abigail Padgett signs An Unremembered Grave; Eric Red signs It Waits Below; Tiffany Tang signs Creepy Little Death Poems; Tamara Thorne signs Thunder Road, and Abigail Padgett signs An Unremembered Grave. Join us for a full afternoon of haunting fun.
Eat Your Way Through the Zombie Apocalypse
Please join us as we celebrate the new cookbook, The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide. Our staff will prepare a selection of the recipes for your enjoyment, and everyone is welcome to attend in costume, or as a zombie, if you already are one. While there will be no author, there will be much fun, food, and mayhem!
Details to follow.
Maria Alexander signs Mr. Wicker.
Alicia Baum is missing a deadly childhood memory. Located beyond life, The Library of Lost Childhood Memories holds the answer. The Librarian is Mr. Wicker — a seductive yet sinister creature with an unthinkable past and an agenda just as lethal. After committing suicide, Alicia finds herself before the Librarian, who informs her that her lost memory is not only the reason she took her life, but the cause of every bad thing that has happened to her.
Alicia spurns Mr. Wicker and attempts to enter the hereafter without the Book that would make her spirit whole. But instead of the oblivion she craves, she finds herself in a psychiatric hold at Bayford Hospital, where the staff is more pernicious than its patients.
Child psychiatrist Dr. James Farron is researching an unusual phenomenon: traumatized children whisper to a mysterious figure in their sleep. When they awaken, they forget both the traumatic event and the character that kept them company in their dreams — someone they call “Mr. Wicker.”
During an emergency room shift, Dr. Farron hears an unconscious Alicia talking to Mr. Wicker—the first time he’s heard of an adult speaking to the presence. Drawn to the mystery, and then to each other, they team up to find the memory before it annihilates Alicia for good. To do so they must struggle not only against Mr. Wicker’s passions, but also a powerful attraction that threatens to derail her search, ruin Dr. Farron’s career, and inflame the Librarian’s fury.
After all, Mr. Wicker wants Alicia to himself, and will destroy anyone to get what he wants. Even Alicia herself.
About the Author
Maria Alexander writes pretty much every
damned thing and gets paid to do it. She’s a produced screenwriter and
playwright, published games writer, virtual world designer,
award-winning copywriter, interactive theatre designer, prolific fiction
writer, snarkiologist and poet. Her stories have appeared in
publications such as Chiaroscuro Magazine, Gothic.net and Paradox, as
well as numerous acclaimed anthologies alongside living legends such as
David Morrell and Heather Graham.
Her second poetry collection—At Louche Ends:
Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned and the Absinthe-Minded—was
nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award. And she was a winner of the
2004 AOL Time-Warner “Time to Rhyme” poetry contest.
When not wielding a katana at her local
shinkendo dojo, she’s being outrageously spooky and writing Doctor Who
filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats and a purse
Eric Red signs It Waits Below.
It waits no more! In the 1800s, an asteroid carrying an extraterrestrial life form crashed to earth and sunk a Spanish treasure ship. Now, a trio of salvage experts dives a three-man sub to the deepest part of the ocean to recover the sunken gold. There, they confront a nightmarish alien organism beyond comprehension, which has waited for over a century to get to the surface. It finally has its chance. As their support ship on the surface is ambushed by deadly modern-day pirates, the crew of the stranded sub battles for their very lives against a monster no one on Earth has seen before.
About the Author
Eric Red is a Los Angeles based motion picture screenwriter and director whose films include The Hitcher, Near Dark, Cohen and Tate, Body Parts, Bad Moon and 100 Feet. He's currently writing and directing the film version of New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry's bestselling zombie novel Dead of Night.
His first novel Don't Stand So CLose is published in hardcover and trade paperback by SST Publications. His second novel, The Guns of Santa Sangre, is published by Samhain Publishing. Recent published short stories have been in Weird Tales Magazine, Cemetery Dance Magazine, Shroud Magazine and Dark Delicacies III: Haunted anthology. He created and wrote the comic series and graphic novel Containment for IDW Publishing and the upcoming comic series Wild Work from Antarctic Press.
Tamara Thorne signs Thunder Road.
A California desert town prepares for an all-out battle with the forces of evil as a horror of catastrophic proportions arrives in the form of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
About the Author
Tamara Thorne writes: I started writing
at an early age, mostly science fiction, but when I was 11 I found
Shirley Jackson's Haunting of Hill House and the course was set.
Nowadays, my haunting research for novels has brought me another career
-- investigating for people with problems. Life imitates art.
Tiffany Tang Signs Creepy Little Death Poems.
From making cookies with Death to creating a shared Pinterest board, Tiffany Tang brings humor and absurdity to her conversations with this dark, and apparently misunderstood, figure of the afterlife in her first collection of poetry, cleverly illustrated by Lizzie Silverman. Originally created to cope with the onslaught of depression and then developed on a dare during National Poetry Month, these "creepy little death poems" are a testament to the transformative potential of writing, laughter and binge baking.
About the Author
Tiffany Tang is a writer and an actor residing in San Diego, California. She is a contributor to the San Diego Union-Tribune and the behind-the-scenes blog writer for Intrepid Shakespeare Company.
E S Magill signs Halloween Tales
These terrifying tales crafted by the members of the Horror Writers Association Los Angeles chapter will curdle your blood and haunt your dreams. This collection of stories is perfect for reading at Halloween gatherings or anytime you need a good scare.
About the Author
E.S. Magill likes to wear the two hats of writer and editor. She is the editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year One, an anthology of essays and short stories based on the experiences of a dozen horror writers who attended a writers retreat at a haunted mansion. She is also the former reviews editor and columnist for Dark Wisdom magazine. Her most current short fiction can be found in the Horror Writers Association’s anthology Blood Lite III. She has an M.A. in English, specializing in the postmodern gothic. By day, she teaches middle school English; night is a whole other story. Southern California is home to her and her husband Greg and their menagerie of cats and Corvettes.
Les Klinger signs The New Annotated Lovecraft
In this volume, Leslie S. Klinger reanimates Lovecraft with clarity and historical insight, charting the rise of the erstwhile pulp writer, whose rediscovery and reclamation into the literary canon can be compared only to that of Poe or Melville. Weaving together a broad base of existing scholarship with his own original insights, Klinger appends Lovecraft's uncanny oeuvre and Kafkaesque life story in a way that provides context and unlocks many of the secrets of his often cryptic body of work.
Following his best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger collects here twenty-two of Lovecraft's best, most chilling "Arkham" tales, including "The Call of Cthulhu," At the Mountains of Madness, "The Whisperer in Darkness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space," and others. With nearly 300 illustrations, including full-color reproductions of the original artwork and covers from Weird Tales and Astounding Stories, and more than 1,000 annotations, this volume illuminates every dimension of H. P. Lovecraft and stirs the Great Old Ones in their millennia of sleep.
About the Author
Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s History Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board. He is also the Treasurer of the Horror Writers Association. He lectures frequently on Holmes, Dracula, and their worlds, including frequent panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Bouchercon, World Horror Convention, World Fantasy Convention, VampireCon, and Comic-Con, and he teaches regular courses on Holmes and Dracula at UCLA Extension. His introductions and essays have appeared in numerous books, graphic novels, academic journals, newspapers, and Playboy Magazine; he also reviews books for the Los Angeles Times. He is the technical advisor for Warner Bros. on the film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and served (without credit) in that role for Warner Bros.’ earlier hit Sherlock Holmes (2009). He has consulted on a number of comic books and graphic novels featuring Holmes and Dracula.
Les attended the University of California where he received an A.B. in English; he also attended the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he obtained a J.D. degree. He and his wife Sharon have five adult children and live in Malibu with their dog and three cats. By day, Klinger practices law in Westwood, specializing in tax, estate planning, and business law.
S. P. Miskowski signs In the Light
While fleeing from neighborhood bullies, a lonely girl uncovers a dark secret buried near the abandoned ruins of a house mired in local legend. Ruth hopes the charred remains that she unearths will bring a bit of magic to her life, but she's no match for the force that dwells in this place, waiting for a chance to live again.
A displaced child neglected by affluent parents and a former preacher burdened by the tragic and scandalous circumstances of his mother's death face a final reckoning at the hands of a woman with the power to summon good and evil.
In the Light is the final book of the Skillute Cycle, a chronicle of one fictional town and an abiding horror that lies just beneath the surface. In the woods. In the water. Beneath the ground. The time has arrived. Something evil has come home.
About the Author
S.P. Miskowski's debut novel, Knock Knock, and her first novella, Delphine Dodd, have been shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award. Both books are part of the Skillute Cycle, which includes two more novellas: Astoria and In the Light. Miskowski has written short stories published in Supernatural Tales, Horror Bound Magazine, Identity Theory, The Absent Willow Review, New Times, Fine Madness, Other Voices, and the anthologies Detritus, October Dreams 2 and Cassilda's Song. With Kate Jonez she co-edited the anthology Little Visible Delight. Her work has received a Swarthout Award and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.
Accompanying SP Miskowski will be her publisher and fellow author Kate Jonez. Kate is the chief editor of the press Omnium Gatherum, which publishes several of SP Miskowski's books.
Abigail Padgett signs An Unremembered Grave
Danni Telfer, abandoned as a toddler, has no idea what the fading tattoo of a white rose on her left shoulder means. Not does she want to remember the peculiar perceptions that disturbed her childhood. A talented historian, Danni’s focus is on the Louisiana research project she hopes will land her a job that doesn’t involve teaching bored college freshmen. But she’s walking into a confluence of events that will change her life forever. His story preserved only in a threadbare quilt fashioned by a slave during the Civil War, the Vampire Grimaud has slept for a century and a half beneath the soil of a Louisiana plantation called Angola. The place is now a prison hiding over six thousand men in sweltering isolation. One of these, Antoine Dupre, is innocent of the decade-old murder for which he is imprisoned. Yet now he must kill or be killed, unless, impossibly, he can prove his innocence. When a prisoner crew back hoeing the warden’s latest project, a golf course, unearths the vampire’s grave, Stéphane Grimaud wakes to a future beyond his imagination. Without help he will be vulnerable. How fortunate that an adept, a mortal gifted with the ability to see beings who exist in shadows, is nearby. Yet how strange that she fears him! These three – historian, prisoner and vampire – have only a moment in time in which to alter a future already written. And the cost to each will be immeasurable.
About the Author
Abigail Padgett grew up in Vincennes, IN, and holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Missouri and Washington University, St.Louis. She has taught high school English and college courses in Sociology and Creative Writing in San Diego and Boston, directed an ACLU chapter in Houston and worked as an advocate for the mentally ill, plus enduring some truly weird temp jobs.
San Diego is home, although Abbie spends much time on the East Coast and in France. She is a dog person happiest in the company of dachshunds, a lapsed vegetarian with heartland food preferences, and a lifelong fan of Poe, Algernon Blackwood and the Graveyard Poets.