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"Murder and Mayhem”

I is for Incomprehensible. Contributed.

SHOHOLA - “Murder and Mayhem” is the theme of a Halloween celebration that includes artwork, deep conversation, complimentary refreshments, and readings from the latest work of two local authors. Both books being featured cover dark topics and have been called “cringe worthy”, but that’s where the similarity ends.

"Killing Time in the Catskills" by Kevin Owen is the carefully researched, real-life story of Lizzie Halliday, whose crimes ranged from bigamy to multiple murders. She was the first woman ever sentenced to death by electric chair. Kevin will provide details on many of Lizzie's favorite pastimes, which included horse theft, arson, insurance fraud, and killing her husbands.

"Anomalies: an offbeat alphabet" by Paul Plumadore is a fantastical collection, with prints of original collages and dark poetry matched to each letter of the alphabet. You’ll meet Sister Mary Jean Marie (who’s not the nun she’s supposed to be) and Doctor Proctor (who doesn’t do/ what other doctors do to you). As explained in the preface: “Each letter gets spent, as the reading embraces; The facts, the events, the acts and the spaces; Where darkness defines the light it encases. The gist of this alphabet rests in those places.”

Both Paul and Kevin have agreed stay around after the Q & A for less formal conversation at our after party. This free event is taking place at Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Avenue, Shohola, PA on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 2 PM.

“Murder and Mayhem” event. Graphic contributed.

Barryville Area Arts Association, is grateful to the authors for participating in this event, to the local artists who have donated pieces to the “Macabre Art” exhibit, and to the John L. Snyder Fund, administered by Greater Pike Community Foundation for their financial support.

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