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EVENT: Room 220 Reading in New Orleans

Published  October 19, 2012

Join Room 220 for the second installment of the fall 2012 season of the LIVE PROSE reading series at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, at 725 St. Ferdinand St. On this dark and ominous night in late October, Room 220 will present Adam Parfrey and Joseph Scott Morgan, two authors whose relationships with the mysterious and with death are unmatched in their intensity. The beautiful, decrepit interior at 725 Ferdinand St. will augment the spooky mood and provide grand amounts of wall space for the slideshow presentations. 

Joseph Scott Morgan worked as a forensic death investigator for law enforcement agencies in New Orleans and Atlanta before the horrific things he saw and experienced gave him severed PTSD and forced his retirement from fieldwork. He now works as a professor at a small college in Georgia and recently released a memoir, Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator. The book intersperses Morgan's real-life experiences from crime scenes with stories from his childhood in New Orleans in classic Southern gothic style that one author dubbed "Mem-Noir." Read an interview with Joseph Scott Morgan, conducted by Wesley Stokes, on Room 220.

Adam Parfrey
 is the editor and publisher of Feral House, one of the most consistently provocative and enticing presses in the United States since 1989. Feral House boasts a huge and varied catalog of smart, serious titles on subjects most publishers are afraid to touch (along with the Unabomber's book and Anton LaVey's authorized biography). It remains a stalwart independent voice among the gooey nonsense and pseudo-“progressive” pandering that often confronts browsers of nonfiction sections in contemporary bookstores. Parfrey is also a writer and editor. On October 22, he will be presenting his own most recent book, Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and their Influence on American Society, a visual guide of more than four hundred pages with hundreds of rare images that expose the bowels of the Oddfellows, Masons, Shriners, and the other creepy white male groups to which, just fifty years ago, one in three American men belonged. 

The event is free and complimentary libations will be on hand. 

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