Across time and genre, four authors explore the dark side of their imaginations.

Amiee Gibbs showcases a Victorian sideshow and the real magic performed behind the curtain in The Carnivale of Curiosities. Alix Harrow’s Starling House is a modern gothic fantasy following a young woman’s investigation into an author’s mysterious disappearance as she tries to create a better life for herself and her brother. In The Woods All Black, Lee Mandelo illuminates 1920’s Appalachia with elements of horror, trans romance, and blood-soaked revenge. Sunny Moraine remixes Bird Box and The Last of Us with beautiful prose in the post-apocalyptic Your Shadow Half Remains.

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  • This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
  • Events run one hour. Book sales and signings take place immediately after each event, and may run a half-hour or more.
  • For Covid protocol, please see our Festival Info page. For accessibility needs, contact Ray Nedzel by March 1.
  • All Festival authors and speakers represent themselves, and do not speak on behalf of Virginia Humanities or the University of Virginia.

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