Sunday, October 21, 2012

It Was A BOO-tiful Thing!

Dubhna Rhiadra as "Bill Door" from "Reaper Man" ~ Photo by Crap Mariner

What a great day!  We had a great range of stories from the humorously macabre to the out-and-out gruesome.  Great scary fun!  Great crowd, appreciative audience.  Good times!

Thankks to Dubhna for hosting us on her lovely land again.  Thanks to all the presenters for great jobs done, one and all.  Thanks to the folks who showed up, some of whom spent the entire day with Dubhna and I ... soup to nuts around the fire!  Thanks for all who were able to donate to War Child, and the 2451L that will go to the charity.

Check out Crap Mariner's Flickr Photostream to see the wonderful 40+ shots he took of the event, bless'im . . . and he "mobility impaired" as it were.  Thanks Crap!

Information will be up on the blog in the first week of November about the next StoryFest Event: The Dicken's Project.  Come back and check it out!  The Dickens Project will open December 14th, with its final day on December 27th.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

BOOFest! Sunday, October 21st

Over a dozen voices performing spookable tales of the season around the blazing fire at Bran NON-STOP at BOOFest!

This year's BOOFest benefits War Child North America, and is produced in partnership between Stories Unlimited! and Branwen Arts

~~ 9:30am – Introduction & Welcome – Hosts Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower

~~ 9:45am –  REAPER MAN by Terry Pratchett
 A Selection from Terry Pratchett’s grim and delightful novel.  Death has been told he has lost his job, because he has been showing disturbing indications of individuality. The Auditors, who appear as grey floating faceless figures, have therefore appealed to Azrael himself to banish Death and allow a new Death to take his place, who will emerge after a period of … readjustment. Death then becomes subject to his own death, he is given a lifespan, in the form of a timer, to live out as he sees fit. He and his horse, Binky, must come to live as mortals in the world.  Presented by Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra.

~~ 11:00am: THE WATER GHOST OF HARROWBY HALL by John Kendricks Bang
A classic ghost story from the past which can still raise a smile at that perpetual battle between the sexes -  even from beyond the grave. Relax and listen to this short charming and unusual tale of one man’s attempts to relieve his family of the legacy of a watery annual visitor, and said visitor’s tenacity at not being dismissed.  Presented by Queen Bluestar.

~~ 11:30am: THE MONKEY’S PAW by W. W. Jacobs
Kayden Oconnell presented this bit of early 20th Century classic horror.  The story is based on the famous "setup" in which three wishes are granted. In the story, the paw of a dead monkey is a talisman that grants its possessor three wishes, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate.

The Prim Reaper Returns!  Always unpredictable and irreverent, no subject is too sacred, no cow too holy for Crap not to pull it out, examine it, and bang it on the table a few times before putting it back where he found it - albeit slightly crumpled.  Long ago, he swore an oath to write a 100 word story every day until the day he died. He's not dead yet.  And no, he NEVER has opinions!  (photo of Crap as "The Prim Reaper" by Bear Silvershade)

~~ 12:30pm: NIGHTMARES with Hakeber Haber
Have you ever wondered what nightmares are made of? Listen to Hakeber Haber's tales of horror and find out. Don't worry, nightmares can't hurt you, right? Featuring three of her original works:  Nighty Night, Yes, Master and Memory of the Sun.

~~ 1:30pm: THE CASE OF LADY SANNOX by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In this tale, Conan Doyle pits the reputation and intelligence of a medical man, trained in clinical discourse and behavior, against his all-too-human failings: lust, greed, even curiosity (recalling the "curious cases" of the pre-clinical era).  The famed surgeon Douglas Stone flaunts his notorious affair with Lady Sannox, although his professional reputation begins to suffer. One night a mysterious Turk asks him to attend his wife, who has cut her lip on a poisoned dagger.  Presented by Corwyn Allen.

~~ 2:00pm: TALES with Lycanthia
Once you have heard one of Lycanthia Wolfhunter’s stories, you never quite forget it.  They are gruesome, sensual, and posses a righteous sense of justice that is delightfully unique.  Today she presents four original short stories: Zombies Can Scream, You Always Kill the One You Love, Get A Head, and Trick or Treat.

~~ 3:00pm: MICROFICTION with Brokali
It is a chance to reach inside your day, their day, and everyones night. The coldest, warmest, darkest night without the over use of adjectives and never an adverb.
The best part is when we paint with microfiction what we see is obvious and real. Let's splatter it across our hearts and then share more. And more. More.

~~ 3:45pm: UNWIND by Neil Shusterman
Selections presented by BigRedCoyote.  In a world where medical science made it possible to replace any part of the human body by transplanting the part from a donor.Healthy donors were those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen who society determines were expendable.  An unruly child would be retroactively aborted.  Of course the child's life does not technically end.  The child's parts would be used for transplants.  And the child would continue to "live" as part of another body.  The process of harvesting the parts was called Unwinding. This is the story of how one boy is Unwound.

~~ 4:15pm: GHOSTS ON A BUMBOAT with Singh Albatross
Singh presents a selection from his Singapore novel: When Ralph Drummond steps on a curbside Hungry Ghost Month offering he collapses into a coma. Will he survive the psychic battle when the Gates of Hell open? Can his wife Winnie and their new Singapore friends Alvin and Fay save him? What is the Water Clan and who is the Geomancer?

ALL presentations are live in Voice Chat.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

BOOFest Preliminary Schedule

Oy!  What a challenge!  So many great people wanting to participate.  This schedule is preliminary, and subjectt o change and revision, as everything in life seems to be.  Check back on the day of the event for the most up-to-date posting.

BOOFest 2012 ~ Sunday, October 21st at Bran:  9:30am to 5:00pm SLT

~  9:30am:  Welcome and Selections from Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man with Host Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower

~  10:30am:  Shandon Loring

~  11:00am:  Queen Bluestar with an original story - The Water Ghost

~ 11:30am:  Kayden Oconnell

~ Noon: Crap Mariner with the Good, the Bad, and the Freaky in 100 Words.

~  12:30pm:  Habeker Haber with her own original spookiness: Nighty Night, Yes, Master, and Memory of the Sun
~  1:30pm:  Corwyn Allen with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Case of the Lady Sannox
~  2:00pm:  Lycanthia Woolfhunter with more orginal works of horror: Zombies Can Scream, You Always Kill the One You Love, Get A Head, and Trick or Treat

~  3:00pm:  Brokali with Spooky Flash Fiction

~  3:30pm:  Monday Jinx

~  4:00pm:  Big Red Coyote with Selections from Neal Shusterman's Unwound

~  4:30pm:  Singh Albatros with a Selection from his novel Ghosts On A Bumboat

All times SLT.  All Sessions will take place around the Fire at the Story Circle on Bran's terra level.  SLURL, And more information of Individual sessions will be posted here on Wednesday.

Donations received during BOOFest will benefit War Child North America