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With all the media attention this project has been getting, I’ve been fielding questions from out of state about where to buy the book. The best place is from the publisher’s website: www.nhbooksellers.com. The other question I’m getting is “When are you going to publish those unused horror stories online like you promised? Huh? When?” I reply with the eternal status line of the dread Cthulhu’s Facebook site: “The stars aren’t right yet…. but soon…. soon.”

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Undead — Live Readings

Glowing with pale green phosphorescence, individual units of “Live Free or Undead” will be delivered in tightly packed cardboard boxes, pages still warm and moist from the Hyperborian presses, to a secure, labyrinthine warehouse on Oct. 14. Like viral cells, the books will then begin to stream through the semi-permeable membrane of the vast gelatinous network of independent bookstores to the gaping maws of the slavering reading public. And what is the soundtrack of this dark digestive ballet? It is the borborygmos of human voices, intoning aloud the spells and chants contained within the literary bowels of this granitic grimoire.

Enticed?

Here’s a list of opportunities to listen in on the authorial readings of stories from Live Free or Undead. If you know of some bookstore or other public venue that would welcome the Undead into their midst, let us know. The readers stand by, ready to spread their contagion to unsuspecting ears.

VENUES, READERS AND STORIES

RiverRun October 20, 7 p.m.
http://www.riverrunbookstore.com

Trevor Bartlett: A Lot Like Life

J. Zachary Pike: The Spiral

Ernesto Burden: Live Free or Undead

Jeffrey DeRego: Lillies for Donald

Joyce Wagner: Acalia

Concord Literary Festival – Oct. 22 – Barley House – 5-7 p.m.
http://www.nhwritersproject.org, http://www.thebarleyhouse.com

Becky Rule: The Haze

James Patrick Kelly: The Waiting Room

Brendan Dubois: Uneasy Lies the Head

Ernesto Burden: Live Free or Undead

David O’Keefe: Wonders in the Woods

Kristopher Seavey: Little Ones

Elaine Isaak: Memento Mori

Jason Allard: Love in the Time of Zombies

Double Midnight Comics, Manchester, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
(note: there will also be a zombie costume contest with prizes!)
http://www.dmcomics.com

Ernesto Burden: Live Free or Undead

Catie Jarvis: Deer Island

Jeffrey DeRego: Lillies for Donald

Gregory L. Norris: Road Rage

Rye Public Library – Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
581 Washington St., Rye

Brendan DuBois: Uneasy Lies the Head

Michael DeLuca: Misty Rain

Elaine Isaak: Memento Mori

Andy Richmond: Epitaph

Kimball-Jenkins Estate, Concord, Oct. 29 and 30
http://www.kimballjenkins.com

Becky Rule: The Haze

David Elliott: Couple Voted Most Likely to Stay Together

Toadstool Books, Peterborough, Oct. 30, 11:00 a.m.

http://www.toadbooks.com

Joyce Wagner: Acalia

Kristopher Seavey: Little Ones

Lorrie Lee O’Neill: Mairzy Doats

Toadstool Books, Milford, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.

http://www.toadbooks.com

David O’Keefe: Wonders in the Woods

Gregory Norris: Road Rage

David Elliott: The Couple Voted Most Likely to Stay Together

Jason Allard: Love in the Time of Zombies

Lorrie Lee O’Neill: Mairzy Doats

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Local Horror is Invading New Hampshire Bookstores this Halloween

An anthology of short fiction in a horror vein written by local authors and set in the familiar locations of New Hampshire will appear in bookstores just in time for Halloween. “Live Free or Undead: Dark Tales from the Granite State” is being released by Plaidswede Publishing of Concord and should be available across the state by Oct. 14. The book presents 20 spine-tingling tales, some by first-time writers and some by such well-known New Hampshire authors as Rebecca Rule, Brendan Dubois, David Elliott and Hugo Award winner James Patrick Kelly. The book cover is illustrated by Dover artist Marc Sutherland and the whole project was edited by New Hampshire Magazine Editor Rick Broussard.

Last fall, word about the project was spread via the NH Writers Project and various online sites for authors of fiction. Broussard says he expected a good response, but he was surprised by the quantity — nearly 170 submission came in from eager authors — and the quality. “I could easily have filled three or four books with great stories,” he says.

“New Hampshire has always been home to some amazing writers,” says Broussard, “but there are fewer places for them to get started or to see their work in print.” To turn that trend around, Broussard came up with a concept that would connect local writers with local fans of genre fiction. “Live Free or Undead” is just the first volume in the “New Hampshire Pulp Fiction Series” of books that will use the state as a backdrop for action-packed storytelling and as an inspiration for new writing talent. The next volume, tentatively titled “Live Free or DIE, DIE, DIE,” will feature stories in the genre of murder and mystery, also set in New Hampshire.

In spite of the trend towards electronic media, “the book is still has great power and elegance,” says Broussard. “It’s the place where and writer can connect with a reader personally and tangibly.” He says he wanted to work with Plaidswede because of their ability to produce books that “really look great.”

“The writers who have been picked, both newbies and seasoned pros, are incredibly excited to have one of their stories appear in a book. I wanted to be sure that the book they were in was a thing of beauty,” says Broussard.

Even if the cover is a picture of brain-eating zombies.

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