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Horrible Imaginings #175: Dark Stories from the Bahr Crawl

Returning to the "literature" in our mission to explore horror in history, art, literature, film, and beyond! Today, we are giving you one of our most special Storytime Editions yet! It is a whole collection of readings from some of today's most prominent authors of the bizarre, the horrific, the weird, or the just plain dark!

  That's right! Horrible Imaginings Film Festival helped organize the San Diego leg of what is being called "The Bahr Crawl." It has been a road trip of readings to celebrate the release of Angel Meat, a new collection of short stories from award-winning author Laura Lee Bahr. Joining her in these readings are Splatterpunk legend John Skipp, Andrew J. Stone, and San Diego's own David Agranoff and Anthony Trevino, who brought selections of their own to share at Verbatim Books.

Laura Lee Bahr, from the book trailer for Angel Meat

As Laura Lee Bahr puts it during the performance, ". . .I feel that reading is a very intimate act." I agree with her, and it is for this reason that the almost lost art of reading aloud in public is especially potent for horror. In a way, the act of scaring one another with spoken stories is one of the oldest forms of creative communication and the birthplace of what we now know as horror.

I hope you enjoy this brief collection of bizarre and dark stories, as told by their authors. Thank you, Verbatim Books for hosting us! Now get to listening and sharing!

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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.

Tickets available here:


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!