Join us for the launch of Charles Muir’s This is a Horror Book!
It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Tales from the Crypt in this wildly satirical collection of short stories by Charles Austin Muir. There are chaos magic spells, killer rabbits, kung fu sorcerers, mystical brothels, mutant slasher villains and vampires afoot at the public library. This is a Horror Book is an absurdist’s dark literary ride through the unreal with mind-bending revelations at every stop.
Charles Austin Muir is the author of This is a Horror Book and Bodybuilding Spider Rangers and Other Stories. His fiction has appeared in several anthologies including Peel Back the Skin and The Year’s Best Hardcore Horror. He was an obituary writer, humor writer and fitness writer for The Oregonian. He has also written humorous articles on exercise including “Air Guitar: The Dumbest Workout You Should be Doing” and “The Michael Myers Killer Workout.” He currently works as a rehabilitative exercise trainer at a chiropractic clinic. He lives with his wife, who is a retired air guitarist, three pugs and a pit lab in the weird city of Portland, Oregon.
In Edge of the Known Bus Line, a woman’s daily commute takes an abrupt turn when she’s dropped off in a grotesque shantytown. The townsfolk live in huts and tents scavenged from broken trinkets. They eat dead rats and human flesh. They’ve developed cult-like religions about miracle bus routes that will someday set them free. The narrator searches for a way out of this surreal hellscape while dredging up a few nightmares of her own.
Maryse Meijer, author of Heartbreaker, raves “Hallucinatory, savage, but ultimately hopeful, Edge of the Known Bus Line is a bloody bible for our times.” Melissa Reddish, author of Girl & Flame, proclaims “Edge of the Known Bus Line takes us on a one-way trip to the end of civilization and the beginning of what it means to be human.” Ashley Farmer, author of The Women, says “The dark, smart absurdity of James R. Gapinski’s writing jolts and delights in equal measure.”
James R. Gapinski is the author of Edge of the Known Bus Line, winner of the 2018 Etchings Press novella prize. He is also the author of Messiah Tortoise, a flash fiction collection available from Red Bird Chapbooks. His short fiction has appeared in Hobart, Juked, Monkeybicycle, Paper Darts, and other publications. James earned his MFA in fiction from Goddard College and his MA in postmodern literary studies from Prescott College. He is managing editor of The Conium Review and an instructional specialist at Chemeketa Community College. He lives with his partner in Portland, Oregon.
Join us in welcoming Ben Fisher (The Great Divide, The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey) as he reads from C.H.U.D. Lives!, a horror tribute anthology featuring some of the best horror writers in the industry, who brought their “A-game” (Sci-Fi and Scary) and “Nailed it!” (Horror Novel Reviews).
C.H.U.D. is a genre defying, cult classic film featuring monsters living in the sewers below New York. The stories in this anthology expand the world created by the film and add depth to the C.H.U.D. universe like never before. From stories of apocalyptic horror and all out monster action, to tales of underground parties interrupted by uninvited guests and evening strolls that end in death, this anthology will leave you both smiling and breathless. Relive the fear as these original stories take you beyond the movie to events that occurred before, during, and after the scenes we remember so well.
You can get a taste of C.H.U.D. with “Get to Know Your C.H.U.D.”, a primer comic on the universe, here.
Ben Fisher is an award-winning author of comic books and prose spanning a wide spectrum of genres, including horror, alternate history, sci-fi, and comedy. His most recent works include the critically acclaimed comic book series “The Great Divide”, the NYT best-selling “Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey”, and the classic horror anthology “C.H.U.D. Lives!”.