Tuesday Funk | Chicago's Eclectic Monthly Reading Series
Our next event takes place Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Please join us! The fun gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640.

Tuesday Funk likes "Glitter & Madness"!


Hey, all you glamorous Funkers! Love rollerdisco? Love science fiction and fantasy? Then you need to support the Kickstarter campaign for the Glitter & Madness anthology!

What's this, you ask? It's a new anthology edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas and John Klima, chock full of speculative stories about the secret history of 20th century nightlife and party culture. Think glam rock! Think rollerdisco! Think glitter! Think madness!

The book will be published by Apex Publications and will feature a standalone novella from New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire set in her InCryptid universe. There will also be stories by Alan DeNiro, Amal El-Mohtar, Daryl Gregory, Damien Walters Grintalis, Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Jennifer Pelland, Tim Pratt, Cat Rambo, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Diana Rowland, Sofia Samatar, David J. Schwartz, Rachel Swirsky, and Tuesday Funk co-host William Shunn!

In fact, Bill is writing his story together with his fabulous wife Laura Chavoen, so you can be among those contributing to support her fiction debut! And the anthology itself will debut this August at the San Antonio Worldcon, with an otherworldly party at the world-famous Rollercade! Groovy!

Only two days remain to make the last third of the funding requirement! Be glamorous! Contibute now!

What's more, having reached 50% of the funding goal, the anthology is now open to general submissions! If you want to be part of this spectacular publishing event, check out the submission guidelines now!

There's a scary version of the book trailer too.

Also, there are plenty of perks available to funders, including Tuckerizations from any of a dozen different contributors at the $250 contribution level. What's a Tuckerization, you ask? It means you can get your name included in someone's story. That's right! You could be a character in Bill's story, or Daryl Gregory's, or Cat Rambo's, or Tim Pratt's, or on and on and on!

So what are you waiting for? Change into your best day-glo fashions, strap on those chunky roller skates, and pony up for the party anthology of the year!

And if you want to submit a story of your own for consideration, here are your writing prompts:

Roller derby, nightclubs, glam aliens, (literal) party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, debauchery, etc.

Do it now! You'll be our Valentine if you do.


For your Valentine's Day pleasure, we're pleased to share Andrew Reilly's reading from our December 4th episode. His true story "Here, Capture Something" appears in the new 2nd Story anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck, but we warn you, you might want to have a hanky handy...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for an evening with Mairead Case, Lania Knight, Dana Norris, Zoe Zolbrod, and 2nd Story's CP Chang!


Though it's not a Tuesday Funk reading, we'd like to invite you to a special evening of speculative fiction readings on Thursday, February 28th, at Open Books Bookstore in Chicago!

It's the first in the Chicago Writers Conference's new quarterly readings series, and we're delighted that they asked Tuesday Funk co-host William Shunn to put together this program of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by great local authors. You can see the Facebook invitation here, which we hope you'll share with all your Chicagoland friends:


And here's all the info, straight from the CWC itself. Let's see you there, Funkers!

This month, we're excited to kick off our quarterly events at Open Books Bookstore! Join us on Thursday, February 28 for an evening of short readings hosted by Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated author William Shunn. This evening will feature science fiction, fantasy, and horror readings by local authors. This free event gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

Jody Lynn Nye
Mary Anne Mohanraj
Matt Darst
Holly McDowell
Wesley Chu
Richard Chwedyk
William Shunn

For more information, visit our website.

The Basics
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Place: Open Books Bookstore
213 W. Institute Place
Chicago, IL 60610
(1 block north of Chicago & Franklin el stop.)

Mark your calendar. We'll see you there!

An Evening of Speculative Fiction, Open Books Bookstory, Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tuesday Funk #55: March 5, 2013


Our March lineup at Tuesday Funk is fit to make every other reading series green with envy. The roster will feature Mairead Case, Lania Knight, and Dana Norris, not to mention The Beautiful Anthology's Zoe Zolbrod and 2nd Story's CP Chang. Throw in one of our patented Poems by Bill, not to mention your pick of cold beers from around the world, and you've got all the ingredients for a late-winter warm-up of epic proportions. We'll also be debuting our post-reading Q&A, which you won't want to miss!

The evening gets underway with your co-hosts Sara Ross Witt and William Shunn on Tuesday, February 5th, 2012, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago. Arrive early for a table and grab a beer from Mark at the bar (where credit cards are now accepted!). We start seating at 7:00 pm and no earlier. Admission is always free, but you must be 21 or older. And come early or stay late after for some great Belgian-style food downstairs.

Please bring plenty of friends, and become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook so you never miss an invitation to one of our readings. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #55: March 5, 2013

February debriefing


Bracelet found discarded in alley
It was a packed house that turned out earlier this week to witness our Not Your Parents' Valentines Day Edition of Tuesday Funk, among our best audiences ever, and they were treated to what we can only describe as the most outrageous program we've ever, er, mounted.

Our celebration of love both pure and profane kicked off with Gina Frangello, who pitted Intelligent Woman against Beautiful Woman in her story "What You See," from The Beautiful Anthology. Mary Pat Bohan raised the stakes with a catalog of all the baggage she brings to romantic relationships, and why there's no room for more. And Patricia Ann McNair rounded out the first half with her affecting true story of parental love and loss, "Return Trip," from the 2nd Story anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck.

After a break for beer, and a couple of super-secret announcements we'll be telling you more about in the weeks to come, co-host William Shunn brought us our monthly Poem by Bill, a sonnet for his wife entitled "14 Februarys." Hanna Martine upped the ante for the second half of the program with a spicy excerpt from her novel A Taste of Ice that caused at least one audience member to issue a hoarse "Thank you!" And finally, John Everson shattered all bounds of propriety and stomped the shards into the ground with his enthusiastic reading of his short story "Cheerleader for the Labia."

We're still mulling over exactly how much of the video we shot that evening we can offer here on the site. Keep your eyes open. But in the meantime, if you couldn't be there don't despair. We'll be back Tuesday, March 5, 2013, with a program featuring Mairead Case, CP Chang, Lania Knight, Dana Norris, and Zoe Zolbrod.

Until then, dear Funkers, won't you be our Valentine?

Bill calls Tuesday Funk to order (photo by Kevin Swallow)

Reminder: Tuesday Funk #54 is tonight!


Don't forget—tonight is our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition, featuring Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and Patricia Ann McNair. Not only that, but we'll have a special Valentine's Day Poem by Bill, not to mention an exciting announcement about the future of Tuesday Funk. You won't want to miss it!

Our readings take place at Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St. in Chicago. We get started promptly at 7:30 pm in the upstairs lounge. Arrive early if you want a seat—but no earlier than 7:00 pm. Our readings are free, but only those 21 and over will be admitted. No food can be brought in from the restaurant. See you there!

Tuesday Funk #54, February 5, 2013


At our January 1st edition of Tuesday Funk, Christopher Sweet took us on a satirical journey through a world of sex, money, religion, and celebrity, and besides sounding a lot like our world it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, at 7:30 pm upstairs at Hopleaf, for our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition with Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!


In advance of our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition next Tuesday night, we thought you might appreciate an advance look at the sort of work you can expect from returning reader John Everson. Back at our October 2nd episode, John read from his erotic horror novel NightWhere, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, when John is joined by Mary Pat Bohan, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!


At our January 1st edition of Tuesday Funk, Sondra Morin read us some of her powerful poetry, and it sounded a little like this...

And if you enjoyed that, please join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, upstairs at Hopleaf, for our Not Your Parents' Valentine's Day Edition with Mary Pat Bohan, John Everson, Gina Frangello, Hanna Martine, and 2nd Story's Patricia Ann McNair!

Meet Our Readers: John Everson


johneverson-horrorbles2.jpgJohn Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant, as well as the novels Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren and The Pumpkin Man, all released in paperback from Dorchester/Leisure Books and now available in e-book via 47North. His sixth novel, an erotic horror descent into dark desire centered around a mysterious adult club called NightWhere was released by Samhain Publishing in 2012. He has had several short fiction collections issued by independent presses, including Creeptych, Deadly Nightlusts, Needles & Sins, Vigilantes of Love and Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions. Over the past 20 years, his short stories have appeared in more than 75 magazines and anthologies. His work has been translated into Polish, Italian, Turkish and French, and optioned for potential film production. He is also the founder and publisher of the independent press Dark Arts Books.

John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker courtesy of Charlee Jacob, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son Shaun likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife Geri is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he holds down a regular job at a medical association, records pop-rock songs in a hidden home studio, experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, designs photo collage art book covers for a variety of small presses, loses hours in expanding an array of gardens and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of '70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a tall glass of Newcastle.

For information on his fiction, art and music, visit him at his website John Everson: Dark Arts at www.johneverson.com or on Facebook or his Author page on Amazon.com.

Hear him and the rest of our outstanding readers on Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm, in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf.

Tuesday Funk

About Us

Tuesday Funk is an eclectic Chicago reading series, hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins, showcasing a monthly mix of fiction, poetry, essays and performance. Join us next on Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 p.m. at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is free.

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