Last Saturday, Jersey City Writers (JCW) had its second genre reading “Whispers of an Apparition” an afternoon of paranormal fiction. It was splendid seeing so many enter Third and Vine in their sleek black clothing and dark scarves. I felt like I’d stepped into a scene from American Horror Story: Coven.
Award-winning novelist Leanna Renee Hieber attended in full black lace regalia and offered her wisdom on writing paranormal fiction and writing genre fiction in general. Her excerpt from “Darker Still” of her Magic Most Foul series left the audience breathless. Leanna lauded JCW for creating a community of scribes that offers so much support to its members, for art needs a strong community to thrive.
Not only did the community support our efforts, but also the weather was definitely on our side. Just as the reading of paranormal short stories began, the skies turned grey and growled with rolling thunder. That mixed with the actors’ chilling performances and the old world ambience of Third and Vine made the whole event spectacularly haunting.
If you’re interested in having work featured in future events, the next two genre nights are “Tasteful Smut” an evening of erotica and “Whiskey Saloon” a celebration of Western genre. We accept both narratives and scripts as long as they are within our 1,300-word limit. For more information on requirements, email us at JCWgenrenight@gmail.com.