Mid-week Check in: Attending a Reading

Andrew Pyper
Andrew Pyper introducing The Damned.

Last night I attended a reading for the first time in my life (as far as I can remember). It was the through what is called the ChiSeries (Chiaroscuro Reading and Workshop Series) Ottawa. The ChiSeries organisers brought in three highly acclaimed Canadian Horror writers who are currently doing a tour across Canada known as The Dark Side II: Highway of Horror (presented by Simon & Schuster Canada). Andrew Pyper, Rob Pobi, and Nick Cutter thrilled the audience (or perhaps horrified us) as they read passages from their new works. At the end of a fairly casual session, during which the audience had breaks to peruse the works for sale (and likely purchase), there was a wonderful panel discussion and the audience was invited to direct questions to the authors. This was really interesting and introduced the audience to the minds behind the works.

I have to say, I’m not someone who reads horror. In fact, I avoid horror at all costs and in every medium. When I was young and foolish, I would watch horror films or read authors like Stephen King and spend weeks cowering under my covers at night sweating through numerous bouts of nightmares. I had several reasons for going to this particular reading, though. First of all, I’ve been interested in attending more readings and I wanted to see how the ChiSeries ran their events (wonderfully!). Secondly, I happened to have gone to high school with one of the authors. Now, high school was a long time ago but even when your life has taken you somewhere completely different, it’s nice to reconnect with those you enjoyed talking to way back when and to see someone from your hometown excelling in their chosen field (especially since his “chosen field” is my passion). I’m not gonna name drop…but that’s him in the photo.

ROW80LogocopySo, although I still haven’t done any work on my WIP, I did purchase three books last night. Two are written by Andrew Pyper (The Damned and The Demonologist) and one called Town and Train by a local author, James Moran, who happened to be in the audience. The books will likely lie on my night table until I screw up the courage to read them. Although I’m eyeing them with some dread I’m happy to have supported these authors. Also, Andrew did assure me that his books are more psychological thrillers than horror…so I’m holding you to that, Andrew! I will continue reading The Cellist of Sarajevo for now and we’ll see where I go next when I’m done that one.

Until next time…BOO!!! (that’s the extent of my horror writing) 😉

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6 thoughts on “Mid-week Check in: Attending a Reading

  1. I have to agree with you – I avoid horror – in books and movies. “The Birds” scared me as a young teen and I try to avoid them at all costs. Wonderful when we know someone and can follow their success. Sounds like an interesting series. I went to Carleton (many moons ago! lol) and loved Ottawa. All the best in the week ahead.

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    1. Thanks, Bev. Hope you’re keeping warm where you are. At this point I don’t even care about the end of winter. I just want the end of the below -20C weather! Ottawa is a great town to be in, otherwise… 🙂

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  2. I am not a horror fan, but do love parody horror, like Rocky Horror. Readings, however, are so cool. I have just started to seek out poetry readings..will attend one tonight..they spoken versus the read word is an interesting thing to notice. I adore being read to, rather than making the effort myself. It is like having a car and driver rather than just a car.

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