Tuesday Funk : Reading # 50
            

Happy Halloween! Tuesday Funk is pleased to ruin both this fine holiday and your upcoming Thanksgiving as well with this tasty tale from John Everson, who stopped by our microphone to treat us with this trick way back in October 2012. This very NSFW story is called "Pumpkin Head," and it goes a little like this...

And if you liked that, you won't want to miss our next event, which takes place Tuesday, November 5, 2013, and will include readings from Vojislav Pejović, Rosamund Lannin, John Rich, J.H. Palmer, and Paul McComas & Greg Starrett. Be there!

            

In advance of our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition next Tuesday night, we thought you might appreciate an advance look at the sort of work you can expect from returning reader John Everson. Back at our October 2nd episode, John read from his erotic horror novel NightWhere, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, when John is joined by Mary Pat Bohan, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!

            

Happy Halloween, Funkers! At our October 2nd horror program, The Colin & Ishmael Players brought us a Tuesday Funk first with their dramatic reading of "Colin and Ishmael in the Dark." You may need to turn the volume up a little, but as our Halloween gift to you, here are Laura Chavoen, Tom Underberg, and William Shunn...

And if you liked that, you won't want to miss our next event, Tuesday Funk's Election Night Edition, which will take place Tuesday, November 6, 2012, and will include readings from Jac Jemc, Mary Lorenz, B. E. Pinkham, Kelly Swails, and Mary Zemaitis. Vote with your feet. Vote Tuesday Funk!

            

At our October 2nd horror program, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo stopped by our microphone to chill us with another story from her collection Loteria, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you liked that, you won't want to miss our next event, Tuesday Funk's Election Night Edition, which will take place Tuesday, November 6, 2012, and will include readings from Jac Jemc, Mary Lorenz, B. E. Pinkham, Kelly Swails, and Mary Zemaitis. Vote with your feet. Vote for Tuesday Funk!

            

At our October 2nd horror program, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo stopped by our microphone to chill us with a story from her collection Loteria, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you liked that, you won't want to miss our next event, Tuesday Funk's Election Night Edition, which will take place Tuesday, November 6, 2012, and will include readings from Jac Jemc, Mary Lorenz, B. E. Pinkham, Kelly Swails, and Mary Zemaitis. Vote with your feet. Vote for Tuesday Funk!

October debriefing

            

Ready for the ball You're forgiven if you decided to take a pass on out most recent episode of Tuesday Funk at Hopleaf—our United States of Horror edition. Yes, in honor of the ghastly month of October, we presented an evening of horror stories by local Chicago, and there wasn't an unchilled spine in the house.

We started things off with Stoker Award winner John Everson, who brought us not only an excerpt from his terrifying new novel NightWhere, but also read us the story of a young man who pays a steep price for his decidedly unnatural attachments to pumpkins. And then Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, made us think as well as cringe with a pair of shivery and evocative stories from her fine collection Loteria.

And finally, after a break for beer, The Colin & Ishmael Players presented us with a Tuesday Funk first—an extended live dramatic reading of co-host William Shunn's creepy horror tale "Colin and Ishmael in the Dark."

But if you missed out, don't despair. We'll be bringing you haunting video clips from the evening over the days leading up to Halloween, and then we'll be back on November 6th with our Election Night Edition featuring Jac Jemc, Mary Lorenz, B. E. Pinkham, Kelly Swails, and Mary Zemaitis.. Be sure cast your vote that night ... for Tuesday Funk!

            

The Renaissance in shadow For our landmark 50th episode tonight at Hopleaf, your friends at Tuesday Funk bring you an evening layered with shivers and squirms, from the best horror writers Chicago has to offer.

Our United States of Horror edition will feature John Everson, Cynthia (cina) Pelayo, and a chilling dramatic reading from The Colin & Ishmael Players.

So "like" us today on Facebook, grab one of dozens of varieties of beer from the bar, and get set for an evening of terrifying live literature with your hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn. We dare you.

Hopleaf Bar is at 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. The reading begins at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. The lounge opens at 7:00 pm. Arrive early if you want a seat.

As always, the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf is cash-only and 21 and over. Remember also that no food can be brought in from the restaurant.

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colin-lg.jpg The Colin & Ishmael Players came together in a hilarious meet-cute when they all tried to rob the same lemonade stand. In the back of the patrol car, they decided to attempt one last big score together. That is, unless they make it big in show biz first. Stay tuned, true believers.

Please see the Players and the rest of our accomplished readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2nd, for our United States of Horror Edition in Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

Meet Our Readers: John Everson

            

john-everson-mugshot.jpg John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant, as well as the novels Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren, and The Pumpkin Man, all released in paperback from Dorchester/Leisure Books. His sixth novel, an erotic horror descent into dark desire centered around a mysterious adult club called NightWhere is being released by Samhain Publishing in trade paperback on October 2, 2012.

He has had several short fiction collections issued by independent presses, including Creeptych, Deadly Nightlusts, Needles & Sins, Vigilantes of Love, and Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions. Over the past 20 years, his short stories have appeared in more than 75 magazines and anthologies. His work has been translated into Polish, Italian, Turkish and French, and optioned for potential film production. He is also the founder and publisher of the independent press Dark Arts Books.

John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker courtesy of Charlee Jacob, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son Shaun likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife Geri is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he holds down a regular job at a medical association, records pop-rock songs in a hidden home studio, experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, designs photo collage art book covers for a variety of small presses, loses hours in expanding an array of gardens and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of '70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a tall glass of Newcastle.

For information on his fiction, art and music, visit John Everson: Dark Arts.

Please see John and the rest of our ghoulish readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2, for our United States of Horror edition at Hopleaf's upstairs bar.

Meet Our Readers: Cynthia (cina) Pelayo

            

cinapelayo.jpgCynthia (cina) Pelayo grew up in a haunted house with very superstitious parents in Chicago's northwest side. She is a recent graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Master of Fine Art in Writing program, where she says she majored in the macabre. Her short story collection, Loteria, is a collection of 54 short stories based on Latin American folklore, superstition, legend and myth.

Her first horror novel, Santa Muerte, about the Mexican cult of death, will be released in October via Post Mortem Press. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and is also the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books, her boutique horror press that publishes emerging horror writers and has produced an anthology of Gothic stories. She wears black—most of the time—and she stays out of the sun as much as (un)humanly possible.

Please see Cynthia and the rest of our ghoulish readers at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 2, for our United States of Horror edition at Hopleaf's upstairs bar!

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