Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

10202015 - Jack FrostIt’s another late events blog for ABSW, the “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street in Worcester. Several of our family were at Rock & Shock, this weekend, the Worcester convention of horror and metal music, and it was a great time!

Of course, as we get closer and closer to Halloween, we’ve got plenty of awesome coming up.

THIS WEEK we’ve got our Spooooky Storytime on Saturday, October 24, from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

The New England Horror Writers will be helping us out throughout the day, reading from some of their favorite Halloween tales for kids to sharing their own scary pieces later on that night!

Some of our special guests include:

Paul McMahon’s work has appeared in all three anthologies by the New England Horror Writers, Epitaphs, Wicked Seasons, and the brand new Wicked Tales. He is also in the were-beast anthology Flesh Like Smoke, and has another story upcoming in Caped, a superhero anthology. He writes bi-monthly for, where he’s known as The Distracted Critic. Paul is also the featured reader for THIS FRIDAY’s Worcester Storytellers!

Scott Goudsward has been writing since 1992 and is one of the coordinators of the New England Horror Writers.  His most recent stories are in Atomic Age Cthulhu and Snowbound With Zombies.  His novel Fountain of the Dead is forthcoming, and Horror Guide to Florida will be out in November.

Rich Feitelberg is a poet and novelist, author of the fantasy series, the Aglaril Cycle.  He also has three collections of short stories and a poetry collection to his credit, all of which are available at and fine booksellers everywhere.

Kevin Lewis is a graduate of Emerson College. His horror fiction has appeared in publications such as Blood Moon Rising Magazine, MicroHorror, Sonar4 Science Fiction and Horror Ezine and Open Casket Press. Kevin is a member of New England Horror Writers (NEHW) and resides in Massachusetts.

Rob Smales has been published in two dozen anthologies and magazines. His story “Photo Finish” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won the 2012 Preditors & Editors’ Award for Best Horror Short Story. “A Night at the Show” received an honorable mention on Ellen Datlow’s list of the Best Horror of

R.C. Mulhare is an emerging author and member of the New England Horror Writers. Her work previously appeared in Atlantean Publishing’s Beyond the Wall of Death: Lovecraft @ 125 with a forthcoming tale in Macabre Maine’s Lovecraft ME. More of her scribblings can be found at

Trisha J. Wooldridge is the former president of Broad Universe and a freelance editor, writer, and journalist. She also writes grown-up stories and poems, including EPIC award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries contributions. As child-friendly T.J. Wooldridge, she’s authored 3 novels, The Kelpie, Silent Starsong, and The Earl’s Childe.

The day will be broken up into three parts:

12:00 – 2:00 PM: A Little Bit Scary will have a variety of children’s picture books.

2:00 – 4:00 PM: Some Medium Scares will have chapter book and middle-grade level scary stories.

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Audio of Basil Rathbone reading favorite works of Edgar Allan Poe.

5:00 PM onward: Very Scary will showcase some of the original fiction by members of NEHW.

For the rest of October, we have these events still happening:

Monday, October 26; 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop

Friday, October 30; 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Larry Correia and Son of the Black Sword. Join best-selling science fiction and fantasy author for an evening event of reading, discussion, and signing his latest book!

And here is a look at what we’ll be doing in November…

Friday, November 6; 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Sherlock Holmes from A to Z. Author CV Shea III shares his encyclopedia of persons, places and objects found in Holmesiana in minute detail.

Saturday – Sunday, November 7-8; Weekend Event! – A Celebration of William Joyce. Author and artist of the Guardians of Childhood series and many more books, animator, and inspiration to many, William Joyce’s latest book, Jack Frost, is coming out this weekend! Join us for games, costumes, contests, and other surprises all weekend long!

Saturday, November 14; 2:00 – 4:00 PM – C.S.E. Cooney and Bone Swans. Join us for a beautiful afternoon of faery tales and twisted tales written and read by author and voice actor C.S.E Cooney.

Sunday, November 15; 6:00 – 9:00 PM – Star Trek Mystery Night! You are cordially invited to become crew members and beam aboard Captain Picard’s Starship enterprise for a lovely event—that turns into a mystery you must help solve! Pre-reg required – the first 8 people to RSVP will be the main game players and will be given the major character roles; $20 fee covers snacks and entertainment. (Costumes strongly encouraged.)

Thursday, November 19; 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion: Other Time Lords (& Ladies) Patty gives another excellent talk about the longest-running science fiction serial!

Saturday, November 21; ALL DAY – Doctor Who Day! It’s the “birthday” of television’s longest-running science fiction serial, and the favorite of ASBW. Celebrate with an all-day party of discussion, trivia, games, a costume contest—and some surprises!

Thursday, November 26; ALL DAY – Happy Thanksgiving! The store will be closed for the holiday.

Friday, November 27; 7:00 – 8:30 – Worcester Storytellers feature Rachel Fox.

Saturday, November 28; ALL DAY – ABSW Celebrates Small Business Saturday with Broad Universe! Local women authors and members of Broad Universe will be reading and sharing their work all day. Support the small business bookstore and the small business each and every author is running—and give back to your community!

As a reminder, our regular events are…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the last Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook!

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic!

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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