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Brian Evenson's THE WARREN to get Early Release at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival!

Warren-fullIt is with great thanks to our sponsor Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore that we have an incredible new announcement! Author Brian Evenson, who will be speaking and reading at Horrible Imaginings on Saturday, September 10th, will have 30 copies of his new book The Warren available for purchase. Lucky audience members will get first crack at this awesome new novel, which won't be available to the rest of the world until 10 days later on September 20th!

Tor Books has been extremely gracious to allow these 30 limited copies for early release--truly a World Premiere Early Exclusive! Only to Horrible Imaginings Attendees! Get it signed by the author Brian Evenson on the same day that you hear him read and speak at our "Horror in Literature Panel!" This will be on sale from Mysterious Galaxy ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH ONLY! Make sure to get to The Museum of Photographic Arts to get the book, enjoy some films, and get scared!

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This is part of the infusion of horror literature into the regular programming of Horrible Imaginings. We will feature readings, book signings, a panel, and great stuff from 01 Publishing, The Horror Writer's Association, and more!

From the catalog description of The Warren:

X doesn’t have a name. He thought he had one—or many—but that might be the result of the failing memories of the personalities imprinted within him. Or maybe he really is called X.

He’s also not as human as he believes himself to be.

But when he discovers the existence of another—above ground, outside the protection of the Warren—X must learn what it means to be human, or face the destruction of their two species.

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Performance Art: The Horror Cabal of Anna Yanushkevich!

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Yanushkevich uses her background in ballet, circus, and other techniques to weave aerial, hoop, ballet, and interpretive dance with hypnotic, almost nightmarish, imagery. Her themes include insanity, witchcraft, Satanism, death, and bodily incapacitation in performances that fluidly meld the hideous with the beautiful, the terrifying with the magnetic. They are uncompromising in their rebelliousness, and we love them!

Joining Yanushkevich in her performance are two extremely talented performers:

Lilly Holiday
Lilly Holiday

Lilly Holiday has been a stripper or strip tease artist for over 12 years, starting her group Pink Boombox Productions in 2009. Lilly is now a weekly staple of the San Diego Burlesque scene. You can finder her every Wednesday night at Gossip Grill.


Hanna Denham
Hanna Denham Hanna Denham is a hand-balancing contortionist. Being relatively fresh to the industry with only four years of training, she has worked hard to achieve an unfathomable dream. With a love for performing, she always strives to give the audience something they won't expect. Not only did she fall in love with the art of contortion, but also with a desire to know the human body inside and out. Studying under body workers and working under coaches, she finds endless possibilities in the potential of the human form. "The ability comes from knowing how your muscles work," she says. "The only thing that holds us back is the lack of information." With that, she bends her life away--strong, as well as flexible!


We are proud to announce that Yanushkevich’s brand new outdoor aerial rig will get its maiden performance at this year’s festival! See history in the making! On the Botanical Lawn in Balboa Park at 9:15 PM, Saturday, September 10!

Panel: Horror Literature & Readings!

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Horror Literature Panel

5:35 pm on Saturday, September 10! Following the "Viva Mexploitation" Panel!
There is no question that the roots of horror film reside in Gothic horror literature. The written word has long been used to explore terror, dread, and fear--classically for didactic purposes, often to entertain, even to achieve sublimity. This year will mark the first year of a concentrated effort to inject literature into the programming in some way. To kick it off, we will have one panel dedicated to the art of prose-based scares! We will be joined with authors who specialize in terrorizing their readers: Brian Evenson, Laura Lee Bahr, John Skipp, Cody Goodfellow, Lisa Morton, Ross Lockhart, and even some local San Diego scaremasters: David Agranoff, Robert Essig, and Anthony Trevino!

Campfire-Style Night Readings

9:45 pm on Saturday, September 10! Outside on the Botanical Lawn!
Following the horrific performance art of Anna Yanushkevich and her team, we will gather around the (figurative) campfire on the Botanical Lawn outside for a traditional round of campfire-style readings from our esteemed authors! Get ready to have your spine tingled, old school!

Flash Fiction Before Film Blocks

At various points throughout the film festival, an author will read a piece of horror flash fiction just before a film block. Just another way to add some variety to the proceedings!

Panel: "¡Viva Mexploitation!" with Aaron Soto!

Aaron SotoMexican filmmaker Aaron Soto will return to Horrible Imaginings Film Festival again this year, this time to answer a major question after last year's "Latino Horror" panel: where in the world do we find these awesome Mexican genre films? That's right, Aaron will give a presentation on specific films with images and descriptions--all about the wild and incendiary world of underground Mexican cinema--or "Mexploitation," as he calls it. Do not miss this--and bring a notepad!

posterAaron Soto is the award winning filmmaker from Tijuana, director of Mexico’s first Cyberpunk piece, the short film Omega Shell (2000), and one of the directors behind the horror anthology hit México Bárbaro. He is the coordinator of Rue Morgue magazine mexican section: Rue Morgue México, and is ready to storm the planet with his new feature film Ratas del Bordo, a “Punks vs Witches film in the San Diego/Tijuana border in 1989!”

Soto has won many awards around the world, including The Morelia International Film Festival and selections at Fantasia in Canada and Cannes la Marche du Film section, and it has been called by Guillermo del Toro: “one of the baddest filmmakers from Mexico” and by Todd Brown from ScreenAnarchy: “Mexico’s first cult filmmaker”.





Panel: Anthropophagia

Museum of Man Ad In connection with The Museum of Man's exhibit Cannibals: Myth & Reality, we will talk a look at this phenomenon that is both viscerally repugnant and timelessly fascinating. What are its true historical and sociopolitical contexts, and how do those relate to the prevalence of cannibalism in stories both new and old? Join us for this exciting talk, which is opening up the night on Friday, September 9! Followed by the short film Survivor Type, which is based on the Stephen King short of the same name!