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Murder Mystery Dinner

The Rensselaerville Library’s Festival of Writers
&
Bird-On-A-Cliff (Theatre Company from Woodstock)

Present
“Lord Mansfield’s Fox Hunt Banquet”

You have been invited to Lord Mansfield’s Fox Hunt Banquet, which will take place at Mansfield Mansion (aka Conkling Hall). Jeffries, the butler and the epitome of solicitousness and decorum, will greet you and usher you to your table while the saucy maid Elga will see to your every need.

You will be joined by and mingle with Lord Mansfield’s special guests in this evening of comedy, thievery, and debauchery. Even magic might occur as one of the guests meets an Inevitable Fate!! You will be kept on the edge of your seat as you try to Solve an exciting Who-dunnit.

Watch for Clues. Interrogate the Suspects!! The action will be fast and the laughter contagious.

This mystery dinner includes: audience participation, food and Prizes for successful Sleuths – you might be chosen for a cameo role!

Show time: 6:30 pm, Saturday, October 25th, at Conkling Hall. Running time 2 ½ to 3 hours. Seating is limited and advance purchase is required.
Prices: general admission $40; or $450 for a table of 10; tickets include hors d’oeuvres, salad, dinner and dessert; 1 glass of wine or beer and non-alcoholic beverages; cash bar. (Food by Jake Moon)
For more information and tickets:
http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org or (518)797-3949

Maven Susan Sundwall’s “The Super bar Incident” launches!

susan sunwall superbar incident

Susan Sundwall’s second Minnie Markwood Mystery, The Superbar Incident, will be launched on Saturday, August 9, at the Kinderhook Elks, Route 9H, Kinderhook, NY, from 10 am to 2 pm. Susan will be signing books at the launch.

 

Susan Sundwal

 

Call for Submissions: Noir Carnival

From Fox Spirit Books a call for noir/crime stories:

Noir Carnival

Coming soon from Fox Spirit!

Coming soon from Fox Spirit!

A call for stories from Fox Spirit Books, publishers of Weird Noir and many more superb volumes.

Dark’s Carnival has already left town, but it’s left a fetid seed behind. There’s a transgressive magic that spooks the carnies and unsettles the freaks. Beyond the barkers and the punters, behind the lights and tents where the macabre and the lost find refuge, there’s a deformity that has nothing to do with skin and bones. Where tragic players strut on a creaking stage, everybody’s going through changes. Jongleurs and musicians huddle in the back. It seems as if every one’s running, but is it toward something—or away?

Carnival: whether you picture it as a traveling fair in the back roads of America or the hedonistic nights of the pre-Lenten festival where masks hide faces while the skin glories in its revelation, it’s about spectacle, artificiality and the things we hide behind the greasepaint or the tent flap. Lead us on a journey into that heart of blackened darkness and show us what’s behind the glitz.

Touchstones (to give you a sense of the breadth of the net cast):

John Webster’s “skull beneath the skin” • Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love • Angela Carter’s Nights at the CircusGargantua & Pantagruel • Pinocchio (the novel! Not the Disney atrocity) • Papa Lazarou • Doctor Lau • Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes • Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal • Leonor Fini

Surprise me, delight me, make me afraid of the shadows of a warm summer night, rip my guts out and stuff them back in again. Just don’t bore me. All editors have their tastes or quirks: if you want a clue to my sensibilities, check out my extensive bibliography and of course, read Weird Noir.

Stories should be:

  • Previously unpublished anywhere
  • Not submitted anywhere else
  • Length 3-8K
  • Formatted: Times New Roman, regular, 12 point. 1″ margins. 1 space after full stop. Spaced 1.5 lines. Use paragraph formatting to indent first line not tabs. No header/footer.
  • Identified with a title, your name (and pen name identified as such), working email address on the first page: file name should include your surname & title
  • Submitted in RTF format via email to katelaity at gmail with at least your name, the story title and total word count included in the body of the email; make sure the Subject line includes “Submission: Noir Carnival” + your name
  • Due by Walpurgisnacht

We will ask for world-wide print & ebook rights for a year and pay $10 via Paypal as an advance against the royalties to be split with the publisher. We plan to launch the book at EDGE-Lit in Derby in July 2013.