Zombie Opera Five Year Anniversary

Pittsburgh-created ‘music and multimedia hybrid’, Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera, which premiered in 2010, is proud to send an open invitation to join us in celebrating their Five-Year Anniversary at Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale on October 3rd, 2015.

Scheduled festivities:

  • Doors will open at 6, with DJ music by DJ Circuitry aka zombie makeup designer Arvin Clay.
  • At 7 pm, cast members of the Zombie Opera will reiterate some of their feature pieces from the performance, as well as some pieces from recent and upcoming projects.
  • At 8 pm, The grand feature of the evening will be the first public screening of the Fall 2010 premiere performance of Evenings In Quarantine: The Zombie Opera. (also available on dvd with Audio Commentary*) If you’ve never seen the opera, seats will be available in the front of the theater for uninterrupted viewing.
  • In addition to the scheduled festivities, never before seen behind-the-scenes footage from the filming and production of the 2010 performance will be running continuously throughout the event.

This is an all-ages event, with a cash bar area in the back of the theater. Food will be available for purchase at the Mr. Smalls Restaurant.
All Zombie Opera participants (folks who were involved with the show from 2010-2011, our extras, cast, crew, volunteers etc) get in FREE. There is a $5 cover charge for non-Zoperans, aka general admission.

*Dvd, audio recordings, and more can be purchased online. They will also have physical copies of the dvd for sale on site at the event!

For more information see the Zombie Opera website and Facebook Event Page!

Oct 17 Lecture by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater will visit CMU for a free lecture on Oct 17 from 2-3 pm. She writes young adult fiction, notably the 2010 New York Times Bestseller, Linger , and the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book The Scorpio Races. She worked for some time as a portrait artist and is a race car and race car driving enthusiast. She was a competitive bagpipe player in college while studying at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She lives in Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with her husband, two children, three dogs, and one cat.

Want to learn writing from one of the best? Rachel Grinti was an Alpha student and then became staff. She published books with her husband Mike (who she met her first year at Alpha). Register and come, 11 – 1 on Oct. 17 at the University Center at CMU to learn about voice in genre fiction.

Room change for YA Writing Workshop

The 11am-1pm YA writing workshop with Geoffrey Landis and Mary Turzillo has been moved from the Danforth Lounge to the Alumni Lounge in the Cohon University Center at CMU. The main entrance is closed by the construction so you need to use the campus-side entrance farthest from Forbes Ave.

Please bring an original genre opening if you don’t mind your work to be discussed. They will be signing their books after the 2pm-3pm lecture by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman in 2315 Doherty Hall.

About the judges of the short story contest

Gregory Feeley

Gregory Feeley

Kentauros by Gregory Feeley


Gregory Feeley writes science fiction and about science fiction. His first novel, The Oxygen Barons, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. His stories have been finalists for the Nebula Award and published in various Year’s Best anthologies, and his essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Book World, and USA Today. His most recent novel is Kentauros.

J.L. Gribble

J.L. Gribble


Steel Victory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, Steel Victory, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for Far Worlds, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online: J.L. Gribble, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

Mike Allen Photo by Anita

Mike Allen
Photo by Anita



Mike Allen is the author of Unseaming, a 2014 Shirley Jackson Award finalist for best story collection, and editor and publisher of the magazine Mythic Delirium and the critically-acclaimed anthology series Clockwork Phoenix. His horror tale “The Button Bin” was a Nebula Award finalist for best short story. He lives in Roanoke, VA, with his wife and creative partner Anita, two loquacious cats and a comical dog. You can follow his exploits as an editor at Mythic Delirium, as a writer at Descent into Light and as both on Twitter at @mythicdelirium.

Parsec Short Story Contest Winners

Here are this year’s Parsec Short Story Contest winners:

  • 1st place – “An Occurrence at Owlskirk” by Paul Dixon (Seattle,Washington)
  • 2nd place – “The Eastside Wasteland has a Winning Team” by Les Abernathy (Montgomery, Alabama)
  • 3rd place – “Voices from Antiquity” by Elizabeth Spencer (Corvallis,Oregon)

Judges for the 2015 Parsec Short Story Contest were:

Gregory Feeley, J. L. Gribble and Mike Allen (Click here for a writeup about the judges: Judges)

Triangulation Indiegogo Campaign!

Click here–> Triangulation Kickstarter

Parsec Ink (a subsidiary of Parsec, Inc.) is running an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to promote the new SF/F/H short story anthology called Triangulation: Lost Voices. Due out in July 2015, this is a very nice collection of short stories from writers all over. This selection of 21 stories is the best from 450 submissions! Check out the campaign to learn about our illustrious editor, Jamie Lackey Stefko, and discover the valuable rewards for being one of the first to contribute.
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