RVA's Latest Slew of Scary Stories
With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to get prepared for the haunts that lie ahead than to curl up with a collection of horror tales written for the people, by the people of Richmond, Virginia?
Richmond Macabre is an assortment of 15 tales of terror from Richmond locals (natives and transplants), all based in Richmond.
After going to a reading for the books Richmond Noir and Wicked Richmond, Phil noticed the true lack of Richmond horror fiction. That observation, combined with the force behind Beth's independent publishing company, Iron Cauldron Books, made it possible for Beth and Phil to create their publication in less than a year. That book, Richmond Macabre, allowed for many unpublished writers to break out onto the literary scene.
"Each one of them are great and are all very different," says Phil of the stories ranging from slow thriller like Beth's, to creature feature like his.
Some of the stories are based on actual Richmond folklore and legends while some are retellings of classic tales in the voice of the masters Poe and Lovecraft, and others are what Beth describes as a "newly crafted urban legend."
"The Bike Chain of Fate" by Eric Hill is the story Beth directly refers to in this phrase, one of which she says already has left an impression on abandoned bikes around the city. Without giving away the plot, Beth and Phil say the tale is "quintessentially Richmond" because of the community of bike messengers in the city and the pity felt on what's left of bikes left chained alone for too long.
And it gets better. Richmonders get to choose the non-profits that receive the publishers' profit by voting on the book's website. Richmond Macabre is always taking nominations, and non-profit payments will be made in December, then again in June 2012, and then December 2012…and so on. The biggest pay out, of course, will be the first--stressing the importance of reader's votes now.
A collection appropriately tag-lined "Nightmares from the River City," Richmond Macabre is promoting its late September release through a series of events scattered throughout the city's "halloweek."
On Sunday, October 23, Beth and Phil posted up in the Barnes & Noble of the Chesterfield Towne Center with contributing writers and the Poe Museum for horror make-up demonstrations, raven crafts and Richmond Macabre readings that occurred at intervals throughout the day.
Upcoming scheduled events include Mid-Day Macabre at the Fountain Bookstore in Shockhoe Slip on Friday, October 28. On Sunday, October 30 there is the Macabre Masquerade at Balliceaux that will feature readings from contributing writers, a speakeasy and live music.
Richmond Macabre can be found at local Richmond bookstores and online for $19.95.