Raconteur Ventures Finds a Home at Rahway's Hamilton Stage

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Last Feb, after shutting down and emptying out my shop, I sent you this note: "The Raconteur Bookstore isn't a beast, it's a nest, a cocoon, and as such we haven't died, we've simply molted and taken wing..."

Well, folks, we've landed. Yes. That's right. In Rahway.

As most of you know, community connection and engagement has always been a personal priority, and my new company, Raconteur Ventures, is dedicated to Reviving and Animating Communities (R.A.C.) through cultural programming. To that end, I recently became Programmer-at-Large for the Union County Performing Arts Center and their brand new sibling space, a two hundred seat, art deco, chrome-and-glass performance venue called The Hamilton Stage. The Hamilton Stage is part of the newly minted Rahway Arts District, the "Rahway Rising" renaissance, and the UC PAC's growing cultural campus (it now governs five separate venues, all within a three block radius). This past July, Rahway was awarded one of only 80 NEA "Our Town" grants and is now being held up as a national model for the ways in which cultural programming can successfully enrich and revitalize a community. So, I ask you, what better place for me to mold my mud, spin my silk, dig my hole, build my dam?

In any case, I'm very excited to announce my Fall/Winter Calendar, starting with a particularly hair-raising happening, just in time for Halloween.

Tired of tortured Tommy Hillfinger teens being passed off as horror? Looking for a smart, rollicking throwback to the heyday of Hammer? Look no further...


Larry Fessenden (Grimes) & Dominic Monaghan (Blake) flank zombie in I Sell the Dead.

8:00 PM, Friday October 26


1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ

Click HERE, for advance $10 tix!

Featuring an in depth, on stage conversation between Fessenden, McQuaid, and Dread Central's Paul Nomad, and a screening of their collaborative effort, the Dickensian I Sell the Dead, a bumptious buddy pic about two no-luck grave robbers.

Can you dig?

Dubbed a "modern day Roger Corman" by the New York Times, producer/director/actor Larry Fessenden (The Innkeepers; Stakeland; I Sell the Dead) has much more in common with foreign arthouse auteurs like Guillermo del Toro, a friend and longtime supporter, than he does with the current wave of American torture-porn directors. As founder of the fiercely independent Glass Eye Pix and its "no budget" arm, Scare Flix, Fessenden is known for producing smart, inexpensive "B list films with A list themes" (what the Village Voice calls "brains before blood"), mentoring a slew of young horror hot shots that include Ti West, Jim Mickle, and Glen McQuaid (V/H/S), the Dublin born director whose feature film debut is the period horror comedy I Sell the Dead. Body thief Arthur Blake has "five hours to kill" (his words) before he loses his head, courtesy of the guillotine. Thus begins McQuaid's boozy buddy flick about two bumbling turn-of-the-century resurrectionists trying stay alive and make a living in undead Ireland. Think Charles Dickens by way of Hammer Horror. Written, directed, designed and edited all by McQuaid, the film features Fessenden as producer and head grave-robber Grimes, and stars Ron Pearlman, Dominic Monaghan, and tall man Angus Scrimm.

Click HERE for the NPR review of I Sell the Dead. Click HERE to watch the trailer. Click HERE and click "Going" on our FB event page. And, again, click HERE for cheap, cheap $10 tix! That's right, folks, ONLY $10!

Ron Perlman (Father Duffy) and Dominic Monaghan (Arthur Blake) in I Sell the Dead.

The landmark Union County Performing Arts Center was built as a vaudeville venue-cum-silent film house in the early 1920s. In keeping with the film's necropolitan setting, horse drawn hearses and authentic period charnel carts will be parked/displayed out front.

The newly rennovated Union County Performing Arts Center.

For more info regarding upcoming RV Events at the UC PAC or The Hamilton Stage, click HERE to visit Raconteur Ventures.

Here we go, friends!

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