Lewisburg Literary Festival

Lewisburg Literary Festival is two days of visiting authors, art, panel discussions, writing workshops, musical entertainment, and performance art all inspired by literature.  It is this Friday and Saturday, August 2nd and 3rd in various parts of Lewisburg.  Most of them at the Convention and Visitors Bureau building.

Fans of horror literature you will find Daniel Boyd author of Chillers, Death Falcon Zero Vs. the Zombie Slug Lords and filmmaker who will be doing a presentation on Friday.  HP Lovecraft Reimagined reading at the Old Stone Cemetery also on Friday.  Bram Stoker Award winner for Writers Workshop of Horror, co-edited Redneck Zombies from Outer Space, has worked in many genres Michael Knost will running a writing workshop on writing and getting published on Saturday.  Belinda Anderson author of the middle school novel Jackson vs. Witchy Wanda: Making Kid Soup, she will be doing a Children’s Book Breakfast with fellow children’s book author and WV Poet Laureate Marc Harshman on Saturday morning at the Greenbrier County Library.

The event has several guests who are WV natives or current residents including Jeanette Walls (Glass Castle), Noah Adams (Far Appalachia), Glenn Taylor (The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart), author John Van Kirk, WV Public Radio essayist Cat Pleska, national award-winning poet Joe Limer, Crystal Good of the Afrilacian Poets, and mixologist and author of “Handcrafted Cocktails” Molly Wellmann.  

Events include author readings, signings, three writing workshops, Literary Laundry Room )where you write a poem or flash fiction based on submitted photographs), film premiere by filmmaker Russell William, a Literary Art Walk with art accompanied poetry and prose, poetry jam, and interactive installations.

The events are mostly free, just a few dollars for some events, and some of the big events are already sold out.  Book lovers of all kinds should give this a shot, especially since the WV Book Festival in Charleston was cancelled this year.  Check out the site for more information and the schedule.



Zombie Prom in Souther WV

Yet another event I learn about at the last minute.  Glade Springs Resort in Raleigh County is hosting their 1st Zombie Prom this Saturday night, July 27th.  It is a chance to dress in your best prom or zombie (or both) clothes.  They have arranged a “professional blood splatter-er” to help give people a zombie look.  I think they mean make-up artist and if not I would like to know how you become a “professional blood splatter-er.”

There will be dancing, with music provided by a DJ, some snacks, a cash bar, and a chance to vote the Zombie King and Queen of the prom.  Plus the Haunted Barn will have their Last Ride casket rides, a solo experience in a wooden casket.

“With shows like Walking Dead, people are really into the zombies all year long, not just at Halloween so we decided to throw this Zombie Prom, you can get dressed up like a zombie going to prom or just a zombie in general.” Glade Springs Resort Creative Director Ashley Davis said.

The event is for 16 and up.  Things will get started at 8pm and goes till midnight.  Admission is $10 at the door, no advance tickets available.

A chance for zombie lovers to go have fun together.


Anamanaguchi in Morgantown

Anamanaguchi is a chiptune rock band that uses an NES and Game Boy along with guitars, bass, and drum.  The band composed the soundtrack for the Scott Pilgrim game, a song of theirs is used for the The Nerdist Podcast, and they have the second most funded music project on Kickstarter. Their second LP Endless Fantasy came out in May and they are touring to promote it.  One of their stops is in Morgantown on Saturday July 27th at 123 Pleasant Street.  Listen to their performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to get an idea of what they are like.

They will be joined by Kitty Pryde and Trey Frey. Kitty is a rapper who has worked with Riff Raff on a single and had a song ranked #17 on Rolling Stone magazine’s top 50 songs of 2012.  Trey is a Game Boy DJ from Morgantown, who I have gotten to see perform live before.  Expect some cool visuals along with his music.

You can buy tickets in advance for $10 or buy at the door for $12.  For $30 you can get an meet & greet with Kitty, personal autograph and photograph, tour shirt, sticker and button set, and some more. The event will be all ages.  The show will run from 9pm till around 2am.  Anamanguchi has played twice before at 123 to sold out crowds, so do not miss out.

If you like the music of video games from the 80’s, this is the kind of music scene you need to check out.

Auditions for Night of The Living Dead

Ever wanted to be in a theatrical production of Night of the Living Dead by George Romero and John Russo.  Good news for you, whatever kind of freak you are.  Cause your chance is here to audition for a production coming this October.

Auditions will be held at the Kanawha Players Theater on July 27th – 29th from 5pm-7pm.  They are looking for people to fill the roles of  three women, one girl, and four men for the main roles, seven smaller roles (mostly male) and finally 17 zombies.  People interested in being crew members should also come to the auditions to fill out paperwork.

Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. A gripping terror-filled monochromatic play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending. 

The show will run this October 18, 19, 25, 26 at 8pm and 20th at 2pm.  The show will be presented in black and white like the film; the set, props, actors, and everything else except the blood.

If you have not seen the original movie, I suggest watching it being riffed by the crew of RiffTrax.  You do not have to worry, you won’t lose much watching it like that.