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ASHLAND – The Ashland Public Library and the Friends of the Ashland Public Library will hosts a horro book festival on Saturday, February 25 at the Ashland Public Library. The Framingham Public Library is partnering with Ashland for this event.

“We’re so excited to welcome horror authors Kayla Cottingham, Christopher Golden, Eric LaRocca, Hillary Monahan, Errick Nunnally, and Paul Tremblay to Ashland for our very first Mini-Fest! If you’ve read their books, you already know they are spooky, thought provoking, and scare-your-pants off fun. The day will include a panel discussion (which will be hybrid so you can come in person or watch online!), small group conversations, and a book sale/signing. So, grab your horror lovin’ friends and come on down to the Ashland library,” wrote the Ashland Public Library.

Walk-ins are welcome, but the library is requesting pre-registration for the free event. Please REGISTER HERE.

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  • 12:30-1:30pm – Panel with all 5 authors: The Bright Side: The Healing Comfort of Reading and Writing Dark Fiction
  • 1:30-2:00pm – Dedicated book sale/signing
  • 2:00-2:30 – Small discussion group with Kayla, Christopher, and Errick
  • 2:30-3pm – Small discussion group with Eric, Hillary, and Paul
  • 3-3:30pm – Dedicated book sale/signing 

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About our authors:

Kayla Cottingham is a YA author and librarian. Her first book, My Dearest Darkest, was a New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Kayla lives in Boston where she loves to go hiking in the woods, play RPGs, and snuggle on the couch with her ridiculously large black cat, Squid.

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of such novels as Road of Bones, Ararat, Snowblind, and Red Hands. With Mike Mignola, he is the co-creator of the Outerverse comic book universe, including such series as Baltimore, Joe Golem: Occult Detective, and Lady Baltimore. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies Seize the Night, Dark Cities, and The New Dead, among others, and he has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. In 2015 he founded the popular Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His work has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award, the Eisner Award, and multiple Shirley Jackson Awards. For the Bram Stoker Awards, Golden has been nominated ten times in eight different categories, and won twice. His original novels have been published in more than fifteen languages in countries around the world. 

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Eric LaRocca (he/they) is the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated and Splatterpunk Award-winning author of several works of horror and dark fiction, including the viral sensation, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke. A lover of luxury fashion and an admirer of European musical theatre, Eric can often be found roaming the streets of his home city, Boston, MA, for inspiration.  

Hillary Monahan lives in Massachusetts with her husband, hounds, and four cats. She loves horror, humor, feminism, and makeup. Her YA book Mary: The Summoning hit the New York Times ebook bestseller list, and she is also the author of The Hollow Girl and The Murderous Miss Havisham. She is currently working on more dark things for the YA market.

Errick Nunnally was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, he served one tour in the Marine Corps before deciding art school would be a safer—and more natural—pursuit. He is permanently distracted by art, comics, science fiction, history, and horror. Trained as a graphic designer, he has earned a black belt in Krav Maga/Muay Thai kickboxing after dark. Errick’s work includes: the novels, BLOOD FOR THE SUN and LIGHTNING WEARS A RED CAPE; LOST IN TRANSITION, a comic strip collection; and first prize in one hamburger contest. The following are some short stories and their respective magazines or anthologies: PENNY INCOMPATIBLE (Lamplight, v.6, #3 and the Podcast NIGHTLIGHT); JACK JOHNSON AND THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE OF THE GALAXY (The Final Summons); WELCOME TO THE D.I.V. (Wicked Witches); A FEW EXTRA POUNDS (Transcendent); and A HUNDRED PEARLS (PROTECTORS 2: stories to benefit PROTECT.ORG). Eventually, Errick came to his senses and moved to Rhode Island with his two lovely children and one beautiful wife.

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Paul Tremblay has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and is the author of Survivor Song, The Cabin at the End of the World, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, A Head Full of Ghosts, the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland, and the short story collection, Growing Things and Other Stories. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly online, and numerous year’s-best anthologies. He has a master’s degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his family.

Books for the book sale will be provided by Aesop’s Fable.

Click here to PREORDER books by any of our authors and Aesop’s will bring your books to the Fest.

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