Piccolo Fiction presented by Blue Bicycle Books
Sat., June 4, 5 pm
Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
The festival’s longest-running event exclusively devoted to fiction, Piccolo Fiction invites local authors to present brief short stories. This year’s reading will be in the historic Charleston Music Hall, and, following recent tradition, each story will begin with the words “I ducked into the alley…”
The 2016 event will double as the release party for Charleston native Grady Hendrix’s new novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism – think Mean Girls with demonic possession, set in 1988 Mt. Pleasant.
Since 2000, Piccolo Fiction has featured dozens of S.C. writers, with stories broadcast by S.C. Public Radio and published in the Charleston City Paper.
Grady Hendrix (My Best Friend’s Exorcism) is also the author of Horrorstör, set in a haunted Scandinavian furniture superstore, recently optioned for TV by Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation). His stories about UFO cults and killer Chinese parasites have appeared in Strange Horizons, Pseudopod, and The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination. He and his wife, chef Amanda Cohen, are the authors of Dirt Candy, the world’s first graphic novel cookbook. He grew up in Mt. Pleasant and lives in New York City.
Joseph Hasinger holds an MFA in fiction from Hollins University. His writing can be found in places like the Citron Review and Jersey Devil Press, among others. He lives in Charleston with his wife and two children.
Valerie Perry received a B.A. in English and German from the College of Charleston in 1985 and is the manager of the Aiken–Rhett House for Historic Charleston Foundation. She published her first novel Upper King Street in 2010, followed by Letters from Della in 2014. She is currently working on her third novel.
Leah Rhyne is a Jersey girl who’s been in the South so long she’s lost her accent…but never her attitude. She recently published her first novel Heartless, a modern take take on the classic Frankenstein tale, as told from the monster’s perspective. She lives in Charleston with her husband, daughter, and a small menagerie of pets. In her barely-there spare time, she loves running.