Authors Take Stage for Interactive Evening at Jozart CFTA

By Justin Johnson

Many writers agree that fear is a very difficult emotion to pull off with words. Without shocking sounds or gruesome sights, how can horror truly be horrific? Lawrence Connolly is an author who has no trouble answering that question. Jozart Center for the Arts will be welcoming Lawrence C. Connolly on Saturday, April 7, beginning at 6 p.m. Connolly will be joined by fellow horror writer Sheldon Higdon and dark poetess Stephanie Wytovich.

Bram Stoker Award Nominated Horror Author Lawrence C. Connolly will appear April 7.

Lawrence C. Connolly’s books include the novels Veins (2008) and Vipers (2010), which together form the first two books of the Veins Cycle. Vortex, the third book in the series, is due in 2012. His collections, which include Visions (2009), This Way to Egress (2010), and Voices (2011), collect all of his stories from Amazing Stories, Cemetery Dance, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Twilight Zone, and Year’s Best Horror. His new collection Voices, featuring an all-new novella “Shrines” and artwork by World Fantasy Nominee Jason Zerillo, was released in 2011.

Horror Writer Sheldon Higdon

Sheldon Higdon has had over thirty publications appear in numerous magazines and books ranging from fiction to non-fiction to poetry. He is also an award-winning screenwriter. His work has appeared in Rue Morgue Magazine, Shroud Magazine, The Portland Magazine, Necrotic Tissue Magazine, Horrorwired, Death, Be Not Proud, Northern Haunts, as well as in the upcoming Horror Stories, Vol. One, and Relics & Remains anthologies, to name a few.

Dark Poetess Stephanie Wytovich

Stephanie M. Wytovich is an alumna of Seton Hill University where she was a double major in English Literature and Art History.  In addition to her numerous publication credits, the most recent being her poem “The Craving,” she is also a nominee for the Rhysling Award for her poem “The Cheater.” Stephanie is currently attending graduate school, also at Seton Hill, to pursue her M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and is working on her thesis novel, titled Inside of Me. She plans to continue on in academia to pursue her Ph.D. in Gothic Literature and land a teaching job while still scaring people full time on the side.

About the planned event, Jozart board president Carla Anderton said: “This is the first event of its kind we’ve attempted, and I’m really looking forward to it. As a student at Seton Hill, I had the privilege of having Lawrence Connolly as an instructor on several occasions, and it’s no exaggeration to say he’s one of the finest, most dynamic speakers I’ve ever heard. Combined with the talents of Sheldon Higdon and Stephanie Wytovich, this is certain to be a fantastic evening. I urge anyone with an interest in reading, writing or simply in things that go bump in the night to mark your calendars for this unprecedented event.”

After the readings and presentations, a Q & A session will be held with all speakers followed by a closing reception during which guests will be invited to enjoy light fare and refreshments.

There is no charge for this event, although donations to the Center are always welcomed. Jozart Center for the Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organizations and all donations are fully tax deductible. The authors presenting will have copies of their books, publications and other merchandise available for purchase and signing. For more information about Lawrence Connolly, Sheldon Higdon, Stephanie Wytovich or Jozart Center for the Arts, please contact Carla Anderton at carla@jozart.com.

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