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Bret Bouriseau & Nelson Pyles present The Prince of Knocknafay Thursday, 9/10 at 6pm


Imagine the most heroic of adventurers and vilest of villains in a story like no other!

Welcome to the land of Knocknafay where Travers McCraken, a dashing and magical Irish highwayman, rescues a beautiful sultana, Marguerita Francesca de la Rosa, from the harem of an evil djinni. He then raises a ship and crew of rogues and vagabonds to return the voluptuous Latina to her homeland in the Creole city-state of Cibonay. During their Homeric adventure, shenanigans ensue as the djinni and his villainous inner-circle give chase. Loyalty, laughter and love are on tap as well as Knocknafay’s famous honey mead. A high-intensity adventure that will leave you wanting more!!


Nelson W. Pyles is a novelist and author of several short stories. His first novel, “Demons, Dolls, & Milkshakes” is available from Post Mortem Press. His collected works, “Everything Here Is A Nightmare” (Burning Bulb Publishing) is his latest release. Nelson is also the creator, executive producer and former host of the popular “The Wicked Library.”

For more information, please visit and you can find him on Twitter @nelsonwpyles


Bret Bouriseau grew up in a small Midwestern town along the Mississippi. As a boy, much of his free time was spent reading and drawing. Not caring for the structure of the public school system, he took his GED test in his junior year while still in high school. After receiving his diploma he promptly left, leaving his home for good shortly after turning 17.

Throughout the early ‘80’s he traveled, supporting himself with various odd jobs -including airbrush artist and carnie. In 1985 he joined the U S Navy and reported aboard the USS Enterprise visiting 14 countries before ending his tour of duty in 1989. In 1992 he discovered the wonderful world of sales, a profession that combined travel and word skills. It was a natural fit. After running a few legit businesses Bret tried his hand at publishing an underground paper called The Spectre. He sold ads and organized party bus tours to subsidize his income. It was there he began to hone his skills in earnest.

Both an artist and writer, Bret acknowledges painter and cover artist Frank Frazetta as his biggest single artistic influence. His personal style is more akin to Maxfield Parrish-using many of the artist’s technics in his own work, updated for the computer age.

An avid reader of pulp fiction, his two favorite books are Bram Stoker’s Dracula –“the text so rich it seems painted than written”

At the other end of the spectrum, C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, especially The Last Battle –“proving you don’t have to use a large number of words to move the reader, just the right ones.” He has spent many hours trying to merge these two techniques.



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

Anita Dolman & James K Moran read and sign on Tuesday 7/28

Meet authors Anita Dolman and James K Moran at 5:45pm on Tuesday, July 28th.


Anita Dolman’s poetry and fiction have appeared throughout the United States and Canada, including in the new speculative fiction anthology Triangulation: Lost Voices. Dolman’s story “Handcrafting,” published in On Spec: the Canadian magazine of the fantastic, was a finalist for the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards. Her second chapbook of poetry, Where No One Can See You, was published by AngelHousePress (Ottawa, 2014). Dolman’s e-novella “Happy Enough” is available from Morning Rain Publishing. Follow her on Twitter @ajdolman.

Since 2003, Pittsburgh’s Parsec Ink has published the annual Triangulation anthology, one of the most-acclaimed small press anthology series in speculative fiction. This year, they’re back with a haunting new theme: “Lost Voices.”

What does a lost voice sound like? A lonely wail in the fog-shrouded night, crying for companionship to the rotating cyclops of a lighthouse? Whispers from the deep recesses of an antediluvian age? Twenty-one answers await you in the pages of the 2015 Triangulation anthology, “Lost Voices.”




James K. Moran’s fiction and poetry have appeared in various Canadian, American and British publications, including Glitterwolf: HalloweenIcarus, On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the FantasticPostscripts to Darkness 3, The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack and The Rolling Darkness Revue. A longtime Daily Xtra contributor, Moran’s articles have also appeared via CBC Radio and Rue Morgue. He blogs at Moran lives in Ottawa, Canada. Town & Train, published by Lethe Press in November 2014, is his debut horror novel.



“In a small Ontario town, seventeen-year-old John Daniel wakes by the railroad tracks with no recollection of how he got there. Something called him from his bed. Officer David Forester, a recent transfer from Toronto, struggles to fit into the local police force, despite resistance from established circles. Both soon suspect a more pervasive and menacing collusion occurring in town when an antique steam train arrives late in the night. At the phantasmal engine, a conductor promises the desperate locals escape from their town dying with so many closed stores and shattered dreams—but there is no denying what the stranger really brings is the stuff of nightmares.”

Katie Pugh Reads Awesome Words at 2pm on May 9th

Katie Reads Awesome Words: A Fantastical Event

Katie Pugh wants to live in a world where everybody is a little mad.


As a writer extraordinaire, Katie’s work has been featured in the Pittsburgh City Paper, Gadchick, Every Day Fiction, Airplane Reading and Moon Magazine. She also frequently muses on her blog,

When she’s not putting words together in a fancy way, you can find her making visual art, playing with gadgets, cooking, reading and adventuring. There’s nothing she won’t try at least once.

During this event, Katie will be reading from and signing copies of her new poetry collection Pickled Miracles. She will also have copies of her YA novel, Cape and Dagger. Come on down and hear some awesome stuff.

Daryl Gregory visits on 3/28

There’s a little bit of a story to how we managed to get Daryl Gregory to visit us at 2pm on Saturday, March 28th…

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Chris kept seeing other indie booksellers raving about We Are All Completely Fine.


So she picked up a copy of his debut: Pandemonium, read the entire thing in a night and immediately invited Daryl to pay a visit to Rickert & Beagle Books to celebrate the launch of his newest novel, Harrison Squared.

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We’ll have plenty of copies of his latest work, as well as all the backlist we can gather. Chris will be happy to sell you a copy of Pandemonium, we keep them right up front at the register. Join us for an afternoon of reading and discussion with one of our new favorite authors!


Mark Oshiro visits on 2/22

Meet Mark Oshiro at 2pm on Sunday, 2/22!
What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. He mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging, and humor to analyze fiction that usually makes him cry and yell on camera. All of this earned Mark a Hugo nomination in the Fan Writer category in 2013 and 2014. Somehow, he’s also writing his first book, and he’s still determined to fulfill a lifelong goal in the process: to pet every dog ever.
Websites to visit if you’d like to learn more about Mark and the stuff he does:

1/31/15 – Tatter East/Glitter West

FullSizeRender IMG_4488Join Chris Rickert and Cat Mihos on Saturday, Jan 31st from 12-7pm for a trunk show and art sale with jewelry, photography, monster bunnies, love potions, glitter and anything else we can come up with in the next few weeks…

Cat Mihos is an artist and jewelry maker living in California. Her “candy bar” comic book art and jewelry have been a customer favorite at Rickert & Beagle Books for years. You can check out her creations, as well as her apparel, print and accessory store at


Chris Rickert uses her “free time” to create crocheted wonders including monster bunnies and an exclusive doll line for The Last Unicorn screening tour. She also makes lace using various techniques including tatting (seen below). You can check out her work at

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Because Cat and Chris work with some very special authors, give-away goodies from Peter S. Beagle and Neil Gaiman will be on hand (for as long as they last) as well as some light refreshments.

Saturday December 13th at 2pm: Justice, possibly on rye.


Join Eric Sipple, Alyssa Heron, Arlo J Wiley, Paul Smith and Thomas Dorton as we celebrate the release of The Deli Counter of Justice, a collection of superhero-ish stories, all focused around a deli opened by a retired hero.

Vegetarian options also available.

Marcel Lamont Walker & Wayne Wise talk comics and much more!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who showed up for this fantastic event! We have signed copies of all Marcel and Wayne’s work in the store for purchase!

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Join Marcel and Wayne for a discussion and signing of a whole slew of their creative works including:

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Marcel Lamont (M.L.) Walker has carved a niche for himself in the modern comic-book arts via projects that allow him to illustrate real-life people in a super-heroic fashion, both literally and figuratively.

As the creator, artist and writer of the independent comic-book HERO CORP., INTERNATIONAL, he has recast his friends, associates and himself in a world of corporate American superheroes. He is the lead artist and book designer for CHUTZ-POW! Superheroes of the Holocaust, an anthology comic-book produced jointly by The ToonSeum and The Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh telling the true stories of Holocaust survivors. Similarly, Walker is the featured artist in COMIC-TANIUM! The Super Materials of the Superheroes, a nationally touring sciences-and-art exhibit sponsored by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, which juxtaposes real-life modern-day scientists with their respective mainstream superhero counterparts.

Walker currently teaches art workshops at Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum, The Museum of Cartoon Art, for whom he has also contributed artwork for their NORTH and OAKLAND anthology comic-books. In addition, he has worked for over twenty years as a freelance artist, graphic designer, and photographer.


Wayne Wise is a writer, artist, storyteller, seeker shaman and magician, or at least claims to be in casual conversation. He has a BA in History and an MA in Clinical Psychology and in his life has worked as a counsellor, an administrative assistant for a state legislator, an inter-office mail courier, a freelance comic book inker, and a department store Santa. He wrote music and comics-based articles for several local news mags and a couple of now-defunct national magazines. In 1993 he and his business partner/collaborator Fred Wheaton received the Xeric Grant and self-published the comic book Grey Legacy. In 2010 he wrote and drew a follow-up called Grey Legacy Tales. In 2011 he joined the digital publishing revolution by self-publishing three full length novels: Scratch, This Creature Fair, and Bedivere: The King’s Right Hand. A new edition of his first novel, King of Summer, originally published in 2002, is also available. All are available in a variety of Ereader formats. His most recent project was as writer for the comic Chutz-POW!: Real Superheroes of the Holocaust. He is currently employed by the Eisner Award-nominated comic book store Phantom of the Attic in Pittsburgh, serves as the Resident Comics Scholar for the Pittsburgh Toonseum, and teaches a course in Comics and Pop Culture as a guest lecturer at Chatham University.


Along with Wayne’s latest comic book we’ll have copies of his novels for sale (at the event and every day in the bookstore!)