Riya Anne Polcastro, JANE

Join us in welcoming Riya Anne Polcastro as she reads from her novel, Jane.

Somewhere out there is a line in the sand between sanity and insanity. Jane searches that line out, toys with it, revels in it, and then takes a running leap right over it.

Sex, drugs, and gangster rap come together in this deliciously transgressive novel to show you a side of crazy you never knew you wanted to see.

When twenty-five year old Jane moves back to her hometown in order to care for her schizophrenic aunt, miscarriage and an unfaithful fiancé fresh in her mind, the seeds are ripe for her mother’s cruel words to come true:

“You’re going to end up just like your aunt. You’re going to end up in a mental hospital someday.”

Caught between the secrets lurking below the surface of such childhood traumas and Aunt Rose’s demons―soon Jane is in desperate need of an escape. She find it in The Circle, a mismatched group of twenty-somethings who wave their amateur psychiatric diagnoses like badges of honor and party until the sun comes up. Little does she know, her new friends will be the source of her inevitable unravelling.

Armed with a useless liberal arts degree, Riya Anne Polcastro is a student of human behavior and a conduit for raw words. Maybe it is because she learned to read and write in her second language before she learned to do the same in her first. Maybe it is because she was raised a missionary’s daughter at the same time that she was taught to question everything. Maybe there are a whole lot of reasons. Either way, her fascination with mental illness and human interaction is weaved into fiction with a language that is at times caressed and loved, at others beaten into submission.

Jeffrey Michael Tinkham, Talk Show

Join us in welcoming Jeffrey Michael Tinkham for a reading from his book, Talk Show: At the pinnacle of his career, Teddy Baxter, America’s favorite Late Night TV Talk Show host, is stricken with an ailment perhaps not altogether terrestrial in nature.

Jeffrey Michael Tinkham holds a BA in English from the University of Rochester, and is co-owner of Talking Oak Studios in Silverton Oregon. He lives in Silverton Oregon with his wife, Carole Ann DeMar ( co-owner of Talking Oak Studios) and their two cats, Mr. Mojo & Captain Fantastic.

Local Author Ben Fisher

Join us in welcoming Ben Fisher (The Great DivideThe 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.

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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!”.