Meet me this Saturday at Waukegan’s ZombieWauk!

If you aren’t doing anything this Saturday and happen to be in or around Green Town, why don’t you stop by and show some love to a handful of local authors?

Green Town, of course, is Waukegan, Illinois – the birthplace of the great Ray Bradbury and the setting for numerous Bradbury works, including Something Wicked This Way Comes.

The local authors, of course, are ready to offer up some tantalizing excerpts from their work as part of this year’s ZombieWauk. If you’re not familiar with the Waukegan festivities, the city holds an ArtWauk on the third Saturday of every month. Naturally, the ArtWauk in October becomes just a little more macabre, thus the ZombieWauk moniker.

Not only will authors be reading from their work, but they’ll also be writing at The Hub, which is where the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum will get its start in 2020. The hope is for the museum to eventually move to the iconic Carnegie Library in Waukegan. The Hub will be the center of the Bradbury celebration this year, located at 13 N. Genesee St., Waukegan, IL 60085.

The ZombieWauk always pulls out all the stops when it comes to events and live talent during the shindig and this year is no different. Beyond the creative juices flowing at The Hub, there will be swarms of the undead wandering the streets of Waukegan as well as the return of Professor Pinkerton Xyloma and the Dead Mans Carnival. Truly something wicked this way comes…

If shooting ghouls is more your thing, never fear – there will be zombie target practice available, too!

No Halloween celebration is complete without some Night of the Living Dead love and Waukegan has plenty of that! The production will be live on stage at Three Brothers Theatre at 7:30pm this Saturday. Tickets are still available.

As a lifelong resident of Waukegan, I can tell you that the ArtWauks are always a blast and it’s even more fun in October. There will be several other vendors, galleries and stores open during the fun, and there’s also restaurants lining the streets to keep bellies full during the spook show!

I look forward to being a part of this year’s event, as it’s always a fun time. If you’re like me and can’t get enough of the Halloween spirit, this is the place to be. What’s even cooler is that I’ll be at the reading event with fellow horror author Christian A. Larsen, who I spend 40 hours a week with at our day job. He’s going to be reading from his nostalgic chiller The Blackening of Flesh. If you love mobsters, ‘80’s vibes and ghosts, this is going to be your jam. We’ll both have books available for sale, too, so feel free to support local authors!

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