Laird Barron began the night with a heartfelt and somber toast to two lost colleagues and friends: Lucius Shepard and Michael Shea. Then he read his story “Slave Arm” to the packed house. Paul Tremblay followed with an excerpt from his forthcoming novel, A Head Full of Ghosts.
It might be said the night was great, but that has become cliche. So how do we describe the vibe we felt this evening? Something akin to the energy one feels in the deep woods in the summer time, just as the sun is going down, when the nightly insects begin their slow chirping and along with them something else begins to awaken and look around. You might be able to see some of that glimmer reflected in the audience’s eyes.