July 21-23, 2017
The SPECULATIONS READINGS SERIES continues monthly, mostly on Wednesdays, at DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Each Speculations Reading event runs from 6:30-7:45 p.m., including a post-reading reception with free soda pop and cookies.
On Wednesday, August 31, CONRAD ZERO reads from his work beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you take the glow of 70’s psychedelic rock, add the sparkles of 80’s goth glam, inject it with 90’s grunge rock nihilism—then take away the music—you’d end up with something like the writings of dark fiction author, Conrad Zero. Former front man for Minneapolis bands String Union and Jagged Spiral, he converted a recording studio into a writing studio in 2013. The dress code is the same, but no one’s ever called the police to stop him from writing at 2AM. Conrad writes paranormal fiction, urban fantasy, classic horror, monster stories and gothy YA comedy, best summarized as “Dark Fiction.” He utilizes his BA in Philosophy to add interesting moral situations (without being preachy) and his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science to add a dash of tech-pop geekery (without being too nerdy) to his writing. His published stories include “Big Game,” “Homeward Through Darkness,” and “Invisible Flying Pony vs the Giant Carnivorous, Poisonous, Exploding Spider Leeches.” He is currently working on two novels and seven short stories… all at the same time. His latest work, The Gloom Queen is described as Carrie crossed with “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and will be available later this year.
Some of us hang out in a pizza joint or other bistro after the reading.
Speculations is a co-production of DreamHaven Books and SF Minnesota.
Guest of Honor: Elanor Arnason (who was also a guest at Diversicon #1)
Additional guests to be announced.
Thanks to all those who attendded Diversicon 24!
Upcoming Diversicon and SF Minnesota events:
Fall: A benefit for Tales of the Unanticipated. Date, location, and readers TBA.
Saturday, October 15: TOTU & Diversicon at Twin Cities Book Festival, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Historic Progress Center, Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
Saturday, Novemver 12: The Classic Horror Films Party, Part 25: an annual party celebrating the classic tradition in horror cinema. This year: Classic Horror Comedies, early ’s60s to mid ’s70s. In the same hotel as MarsCon’ss Masquerade Ball. The Classic Horror Party is free.
See what happens at Diversicon (schedule from 2016)
Tales of the Unanticipated
Diversicon wishes to thank Second Foundation and Arcana for their Supporting Organization status.
Your group’s Supporting Organization Grant of $25 or more helps support such SF Minnesota projects as the monthly Speculations Readings Series at DreamHaven Books and, now, Tales of the Anticipated. In return for your grant, your organization will receive a thank you here, in Progress Report 2, and in Diversicon 24ths Program Book in July.
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