Day: January 26, 2009

Making the impending mayhem official

paranormal_bender_tour You asked for it! So here you go:

Mario Acevedo (Jailbait Zombie), Mark Henry (Road Trip of the Living Dead), Caitlin Kittredge (Second Skin), and Cherie Priest (Fathom) are cruising the west coast (Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland) for five evenings of witches, vamps, shapeshifters, zombies and all things weird. Just look for the classic Impala and listen for the questionable content, as the authors read choice selections from their latest works, bandy about prizes, and sign their new releases.

The Paranormal Bender Tour is for mature audiences only–though an immature sense of humor is welcome and even encouraged. So bring your fangs, your cauldrons, and your appetite for brains. This is a night for kindred spirits and killer stories, from the demented minds of four of the most twisted purveyors of paranormal fiction (and a few special guests).

Think you’re brave enough to attend the Paranormal Bender Tour? Mark, Cherie, Caitlin and Mario are terrorizing the population in the following urban areas:

    March 11th: Las Vegas • Clark County Library, Jewel Box Theater @ 7 PM
    March 13th: San Diego • Mysterious Galaxy @ 7 PM
    March 14th: Los Angeles • Dark Delicacies @ 2 PM
    March 15th: San Francisco • Borderlands @ 7 PM
    March 16th: Portland • Powell’s Beaverton @ 7 PM

Three things make a post (or so it’s often said)

So here are three things about our new apartment:

  • Toasty-warm toilet paper. The way the bathroom is set up (hodgepodge shelving, heating and plumbing amended over the decades), the toilet paper holder is affixed directly over the baseboard heater. This is comical and somewhat startling in the middle of the night when I’m making a bathroom run while only half-awake.

  • Mad paranoia locks. Someone, some-when, lived in fear. We have four locks on our front door, all set into a pair of reinforcing metal plates — and only two of these locks can be opened from the exterior. The other two serve only to lock us inside. I suppose this makes me feel … secure? One of the locks is quite old but still works fine; it’s a quasi-deadbolt that screws open and closed. I’ve never seen anything like it before. But when the zombies come, I’ll be glad that the previous residents were thinking ahead.

  • All hail the ancient radiators powered by a brand new boiler. We were “warned” that the building manager likes to leave the heat set at 72 degrees — and since we’re on the top floor, we’re likely to be warmer. Heh. Even with one of our living area radiators closed off, we’re averaging 76-78 degrees in here. DELIGHTFUL, YES.