New York Times bestselling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer Jonathan Maberry is coming to the Windsor-Severance Library later this month. “We thought he’d be an ideal person to come speak in Windsor because he writes for adults and young adults alike,” said Youth Services Director Hillary Dodge. “And he’s a horror writer during a time when there’s a lot of interest in that genre.”

Romance Author Strikes Horror Gold With The Darkling – Author Carolyn Haines is into a little bit of everything. Primarily known for a series of humorous crime novels set in the Mississippi Delta (The Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries), Haines is a prolific author who has published in multiple genres under multiple pseudonyms. Not only has she penned a dozen or so Harlequin romance novels (seriously), she even dispenses online relationship advice in the Southern Belle drawl of a ghost named Ms. Jetty. This Haines lady is the ultimate multitasker.

The numbers are up again: There was a big dip in the number of comics Kickstarters over the holidays, from about 120 to around 60, but they seem to be bouncing back: As of this writing, there are 100 comics projects on Kickstarter and 27 on Indiegogo – and yes, we’re going there. But first, let’s kick it off with an interview with Tim Lattie, who is on Kickstarter raising funds to finance the first issue of his creator-owned comic, “Night Stars,” the story of three children who travel back in time to save the world. Tim, who is based in New Orleans, has done some work for Ape Entertainment, including “White Picket Fences.” THE KICKSTAND: Horror in Black and White

When it comes to authors there are few more famous than the man who penned Dracula, Bram Stoker. But, according to a university tutor, at the time of the book’s publication he was upstaged by a Crawley author who has since dropped off the literary radar. Dr Graeme Pedlingham has been researching the life of former Three Bridges resident Richard Marsh, ahead of an exhibition on his long-forgotten books. And he explained how the prolific writer, who was friends with Stoker, published his own book in the same year that Dracula hit the shelves – which was initially a bigger success. Horror book by Three Bridges author took a bite out of Dracula

Stephen King UR ReviewUR introduces readers to one Mr. Wesley Smith, an English teacher with a bibliophiles complete love of the written word. Definitely not a friend to technology, he’s about to purchase for himself a Kindle. A cutting edge electronic device designed to read books in digital format, that happens to come equipped with some extra capabilities. Smith receives his Kindle shortly after placing his order and we’re off and running: our man of many words beginning a new exploratory mission. While perusing the Kindle’s instructions he finds the UR functions and begins to delve into an area that holds a few startling surprises.

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