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Darkness Rises Over California

The Rolling Darkness Revue back on the road

By News Editor     September 30, 2005


Glen Hirshberg (photo: jonas yip)
© G. Hirshberg
Bookstores that normally welcome customers with armchairs, coffee, and an atmosphere of quiet reflection will be enticing readers with something quite different this Halloween season when they play host to a touring group of writers whose avowed intent is to shiver readers' spines.

The Rolling Darkness Revue, a traveling fraternity of some of horror fiction's premier talents, takes to the road this October to deliver thrills and chills in celebration of the genre's favorite holiday.

Launched last year to enthusiastic reviews and rapidly swelling audiences, the Rolling Darkness Revue is a multi-media experience which incorporates theatrical lighting and live music to provide much more than the usual bookstore reading.

Already gaining brand-name recognition the Horror Writers Association invited the RDR to give a "command performance" at their annual conference last June the Revue has established itself as an anticipated Halloween event, receiving glowing notices from the Los Angeles Times and the syndicated NPR show Fine Print.

Joining founder members Glen Hirshberg and Peter Atkins this year are guest stars Michael Blumlein, Nancy Holder, Robert Masello, Robert Morrish, and Tamara Thorne, along with a rotating cast of musicians.

October 15th Mystery & Imagination, Glendale, CA (Atkins, Hirshberg, Holder, Masello)
October 22nd Lou's Records, San Diego, CA (an outdoor event) (Atkins, Hirshberg, Holder)
October 28th The Capitola Book Caf, Santa Cruz, CA (Atkins, Blumlein, Hirshberg, Morrish)
October 29th Borderlands Books, San Francisco, CA (Atkins, Blumlein, Hirshberg)
October 31st Mystery & Imagination, Glendale, CA (Atkins, Hirshberg, Masello, Thorne) Who Are These People?

Glen Hirshberg: Award-winning author of The Two Sams and The Snowman's Children. "A writer to watch and treasure." Peter Straub. "Stories that are as unsettling as they are scary, as disturbing as they are profound." Los Angeles Times.

Peter Atkins: Author of Morningstar and Big Thunder and the movies Wishmaster and Hellraiser II-IV. "Atkins is a brilliant supplier of shudders and splendors" Clive Barker. "Writes with elegance, wit, and awe-inspiring surprises" The Times (London).

Nancy Holder: USA Today bestselling author of 200 short stories and 78 novels. Co-editor of Outsiders, an anthology featuring Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z Brite, and others. Her latest novel is Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Queen of the Slayers.

Robert Masello: Prize-winning journalist, TV writer (Charmed, Sliders, Poltergeist: The Legacy) and best-selling author of 16 books, most recently the supernatural thriller Vigil "As terrifying as The Omen or The Exorcist!" Jeffrey Long.

Michael Blumlein: Author of The Movement of Mountains and X,Y. Twice nominated for the World Fantasy Award and twice for the Bram Stoker Award. X,Y has recently been filmed. His latest novel is The Healer.

Robert Morrish: Editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and former editor of The Scream Factory. His short fiction has appeared in more than 20 anthologies, including Horrors!, Shivers, and Cold Flesh.

Tamara Thorne: Ghost-chasing author of Haunted, Thunder Road, Moonfall, and many more paranormal thrillers. "One of the best tellers of dark fantasy tall-tales" Cemetery Dance.

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