The Autumn of Fear

Join us at Jozart CFTA for the first annual “Autumn of Fear” Reading, Signing and Q&A with Horror Authors

Date & Time: Oct. 5, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.

Featuring four horror authors/poets from the Southwestern Pennsylvania region reading from their works, followed by a Q&A with all authors who will have books available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

Featuring the following authors:

Stephanie Wytovich: Stephanie M. Wytovich is an Alum of Seton Hill University where she was a double major in English Literature and Art History. Wytovich is published in over 40 literary magazines and HYSTERIA is her first collection. She is currently attending graduate school to pursue her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, and is working on a novel. She is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press and a book reviewer for S.T. Joshi, Jason V. Brock and William F. Nolan’s Nameless Magazine. She plans to continue in academia to get her doctorate in Gothic Literature.

Lee Allen Howard: Lee Allen Howard writes horror, psychological thrillers, and supernatural crime. He’s been a professional writer in the software industry since 1985. Besides editing fiction and non-fiction, Lee serves as a book publishing consultant. His fiction credits include Call of the Piss Fairy, Death Perception, The Sixth Seed, Mama Said, Desperate Spirits, Night Monsters, and Stray. Lee blogs about his writing at He also nitpicks editorial topics at

Sheldon Higdon: Sheldon Higdon has numerous publications in magazines and anthologies. He has written short stories, nonfiction articles, poetry, and is an award-winning screenwriter winning the Best Short Screenplay category at the 2009 Eerie Horror Film Festival. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife, three kids, and his insanity. To learn more or to contact Sheldon please visit his website at

Carla E. Anderton: A voracious reader from an early age, Carla E. Anderton is fascinated by history and the human condition, and prefers to read/write fiction based on fact. A recognized expert on the infamous serial murderer Jack the Ripper, she made the elusive killer the focus of her debut novel, The Heart Absent, which was published by New Libri Press in April 2013. Anderton earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from California University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Anderton is an adjunct professor of English. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Jozart Center for the Arts in California, Pennsylvania.

Latest News & Upcoming Events

On August 23, Jozart Center for the Arts celebrated their third year as a non-profit community arts center. In keeping with this auspicious occasion, the Center is pleased to make several exciting announcements:

The Café at Jozart, a café offering bubble tea, coffee, hot and iced tea and light refreshments, is now open and ready to receive patrons. A grand opening will be held in conjunction with an open house at the Center on Sept. 12. The public is invited to come and tour the unique space at Jozart while enjoying acoustic entertainment by Jonathan Pezzutti and refreshments in the café. Regular hours for the café are Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

In addition to a fine selection of refreshments, the Café at Jozart also features a bookstore/library with a wide variety of titles, a billiards table and wireless Internet. All are welcome to create, study or mingle with friends.

The Café is also open during the Center’s weekly open mic nights on Wednesdays from 8-11 p.m. and during most other events.

Jozart favorite “Wine & Line” will continue in September and October on Sept. 17 and Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Join teaching artist Joyce Gazdick as she leads participants through the creation of a whole painting from start to finish. The cost is $22 and all materials are included. Participants are encouraged to bring wine and a snack, and will leave the session with a finished painting fit to display or gift. For more information about “Wine & Line” contact Cheryl Lewis at or via the Jozart web site.

Local entertainers Girlz in Black Hats will take the Jozart stage on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. The show is BYOB for over 21 with proper ID. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance by calling or contacting the Center through their web site.

On Oct. 5, Pittsburgh author Sheldon Higdon will lead aspiring writers in a multi-genre short fiction workshop from 1-4 p.m. during which topics such as how to best establish mood and pacing in shorter pieces, and how to begin and end short stories. Additionally, Higdon will be open to discuss other trouble spots that often befall new and burgeoning writers. Higdon, a published author and a recent graduate of Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Masters in Fine Arts program, will critique works up to 2,500 words if they are submitted in advance of the workshop by Sept. 9 to To register for the workshop, which is FREE and open to the public, email or call the Center. Seating is limited. This event Is open to writers of all ages.

Following the workshop, Higdon will join fellow authors Lee Allen Howard (author of Death Perception, Mama Said and The Sixth Seed, among others), Stephanie Wytovich (author of Hysteria and poetry editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press) and Carla E. Anderton (author of The Heart Absent) in a public reading of dark fiction. After the readings, the authors will be on hand to answer questions and to sign copies of their books. There is no fee for admission and light refreshments will be available.

For a complete list of the Center’s activities and workshops, as well as for updated hours and events, check the web site at