by Madison Otten
Bust out your monster hunting kits, this October FRCC is going to be home to some of the most thrilling and chilling authors, who are coming to share their Tales From the Crypt!
On Thursday, Oct. 18, Bringing Weird and Dead Back to Life: Paranormal Author Panel will be held in the Bistro Cafe Rotunda from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Paranormal and horror authors Molly Tanzer, Mario Acevedo, Stephen Graham Jones, and Carrie Vaughn will speak about their writing experiences, process, and works. Upon request the writers may even read some of their work for the audience. The authors will also participate in a question and answer session, and afterwards, will sign books. Refreshments will be provided.
This is the second annual iteration of this free event, which is sponsored by the Westminster Public Library, the FRCC Westminster English Department, and Barnes & Noble.
Tino Gomez, English professor, was one of the minds who organized this event.
“We wanted to bring this pedagogy, excitement, and energy outside of the classroom,” said Gomez. “We wanted to bring real world experience in, authors who are actively engaged with the craft who attempt to publish avidly, and listen from the experts.”
Gomez expressed that he and Randy Russell, a writing professor and co-conspirator in organizing the panels, specifically chose the frightening style, because fantasy and horror are popular writing genres on campus. He explained that this event is tied to the creative writing classes that are available in the spring and fall semester. Gomez credits the Westminster Public Library for not only doing the promotional and marketing work, but also creating the connections between the authors and the school.