The York Emporium gears up for Horrible Saturday

Horrible Saturday York EmporiumRest your voices this week, horror fans — on Saturday, there’s a screaming contest.

It’s just one part of Horrible Saturday at The York Emporium, 343 W. Market St., York. The used bookstore and curiosity shop will host the free daylong celebration of the horror genre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. And yes, it features a screaming contest.

The first-place winner gets bragging rights as the best screamer in York County, plus a $50 gift certificate to the Emporium. Two runners-up each receive a $15 certificate.

Attendees can also munch on some popcorn as they watch a free screening of “The Blob,” a 1958 American horror/science-fiction film that depicts a growing amoeba-like alien that arrives from outer space and terrorizes the small community of Downingtown, Pa.

But an event at a book shop is never complete without author appearances and book signings. Check out a schedule of who’s coming:

  • Kelli Owen, York-area author of “Life Specimens,” “Six Days” and “Waking The Dead”
  • Jacob Haddon, Baltimore-area author and editor of “Lamplight,” a horror literature magazine
  • Kirk Allmond, York-area author of “A Father’s Quest,” “Declaration of War” and the forthcoming “Legion”
  • Noel Sloboda, a poet and professor at Penn State York. (Read more about Sloboda and his new book of poems, “Our Rarer Monsters” at www.yorkblog.com/versify.)
  • Robert Ford, York-area author of “The Compound”
  • Kevin Lucia, a New-York-based author whose first novel, “Things Slip Through” is expected in fall 2013

Matt Blazi of Lancaster County will also present on his collection of all things horror-related, and York-area professional make-up artist Aaron Chernak will be creating zombies. (Check out photos of some of Chernak’s work in this 2012 York Daily Record article.)

Still seeking a horror fix? Lancaster County author Chet Williamson, Penn State York professor Kristin Lynn Cole and York-area editor Chuck Miller will cover the diverging of the science fiction and horror genres in a panel discussion.

For details on the event, visit the event’s Facebook page or www.theyorkemporium.com.

About Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.
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