Archives for : August2015

Old Hickory, a strange play, discussed by the authors on 9/12



Meet two young playwrights in their first signing appearance on September 12th at 2pm. David North and Caleb Schultz have crated a play that is best described in their own words:

“If you thought you knew the true story behind the esteemed seventh president of the United States Andrew Jackson, you would be… most likely correct. This play contains all the wild and preposterous escapades of a would-be maniac and his childhood friends alongside the always present voice of cynicism that narrates and insists on being unnecessarily involved in the plot. There’s never a dull moment (or a rational one for that matter) even if you hope to God there is one.

It’s Dadaism at it’s finest. Whether it’s a Kafkaesque sea creature or deadly fruit pistols, you’ll have as much of a clue as to what’s going on as the authors. Just sit back, relax, and try not to get seasick on this crazy voyage as you witness Andrew Jackson, the myth, the legend, THE Old Hickory, grow in wisdom and charisma before ultimately ascending to the throne– er– presidency.”

Join us for this special event!

The Wicked Library

We’re a proud sponsor of The Wicked Library, a podcast featuring dramatic readings of short stories of the Horror persuasion. This week’s episode features three things of note:

  1. A short story by Neil Gaiman called The Price
  2. A short story by Dan Foytik called Stop 666
  3. A short story by Nelson Pyles called The Date

The second story also features a shout-out to Rickert & Beagle Books, which thrills us to no end.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The first story is more-or-less “on loan” from Neil. After a few weeks this podcast will be taken down and re-posted without The Price. So if you click the link and don’t hear the first story, you were too late.

Ready to listen? CLICK HERE

Jeremy Gosnell signs The Terminal Saturday 8/22 at 2pm

Scuba diver Eric Rayner disappears while diving at Dean’s Blue Hole in Long Island, Bahamas. Atlantis researcher Allison Chandley is approached by Italian billionaire Sergio Franca. USGS political liaison Walker Reade is studying a report by a young seismologist detailing a possible eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera. Each of these seemingly unrelated incidents is tied together, leading to an incredible journey back in time to the ancient kingdom of Atlantis. While following in Eric’s footsteps, Allison is whisked away, pulled 70,000 years into the past to end up in the fabled Atlantis. She finds the kingdom in shambles and under constant attack by strange creatures called the Abaddon. When Allison is captured by the creatures, the people of Atlantis deploy an ancient biological weapon to destroy them. Eric and Allison must join together to find a control system called The Terminal, which can alter time and space. The Terminal is a stunning sci-fi thriller that adeptly explores how a past civilization could exist and what that existence could teach today’s world. Jeremy Gosnell is a magazine writer and a long-time marine aquarist. He lives in the mountains of western Maryland and was inspired to create this story after reading Graham Hancock’s writings on a pre-classical era civilization. His biggest challenge was “tying human genetics, ancient history, and seismology together to create a story that leads back to an ancient kingdom, written about long ago by Plato.” He enjoyed envisioning a scientific picture of what Atlantis and its people may have been like.


Mug Madness!

Our last batch of mugs included a few with “bonus penguins” inside and they were so popular we sold out of them almost immediately! So when Chris re-ordered, she mentioned that the penguins were a hit and more things like that would probably sell…

So what happens when you tell your mug-maker (who is also your Dad) to go crazy playing around with the design?

Well, you’ll have to come visit to see the full result, but here’s a sampling of the little images you’ll find in your mug as you drink your beverage of choice. Mugs are $8 each, dishwasher and microwave safe and guaranteed to make your coffee, tea and cocoa taste smarter.

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Staff Picks!

Check out these great titles recommended by Chris:

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We only have one copy of each title, so if you see something you want email us ( or call (412) 344-7444 and reserve your book today!

Diana Brinton Davis signs The 52 Dinner Challenge

Meet Diana at 2pm on Saturday, August 15th.
The 52 Dinner Challenge is not your ordinary cookbook. A believer in the importance and power of shared family meals, author Diana Brinton Davis has created a book that invites the modern family – so pulled and tugged by competing schedules…always connected but often disconnected – to commit to one family dinner a week, for 52 weeks. From appetizers to entrees and desserts, Diana Brinton Davis gives you all the recipe information you need to create a fabulous dinner experience. But really, this book isn’t about the recipes. It’s about giving you an opportunity to reclaim this most sacred and enriching part of family life. Will you take the 52 Dinner Challenge? We predict the result will be much more than a great meal.
From the publisher:
We don’t think a successful cookbook needs complicated recipes or color photographs of perfectly prepared dishes. In fact, when it comes to a cookbook whose purpose is to help families spend more time together, the less complicated the recipes, the better. And frankly, photographs of your family around the table are more important than any we could have put in the book. As unusual as it sounds, this is one cookbook that isn’t about the food you’ll make. It’s about the memories you’ll cherish.

Stephanie Wytovich & Mike Arnzen perform An Exorcism of Poetry on August 8th

Join us at 2pm on Saturday, August 8th for two of our favorite horror writers reading and signing their books!

Stephanie M. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine, and a well-known coffee addict. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a graduate of Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction. Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated poetry collections, Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, and An Exorcism of Angels can be found at, and her debut novel, The Eighth, will be out in 2015 from Dark Regions Press. Follow Wytovich at and on twitter @JustAfterSunset.

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Michael Arnzen has won multiple awards for his fiction, including four Bram Stoker Awards and the International Horror Guild Award. He teaches horror and suspense writing at Seton Hill University, as faculty in their unique MFA degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.

To catch up with Arnzen or hunt down collectable editions, visit the author’s website, GORELETS.COM and sign up for his award-winning free newsletter, The Goreletter. Join him on your favrite social network via