Jac Jemc & Tara Atkinson
Like the best haunted house stories, Jac Jemc’s new novel, The Grip of It (FSG), begins with a young couple’s move to a small town and, at least at first, their new house seems fine, the strange noises and other events perfectly explainable. But soon the house seems to have plans for them.
"I mean this in the best possible way: Jac Jemc gives me the creeps. The Grip of It deserves a spot on the shelf beside Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, and Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves — not only because it is a masterful haunted house story, but because it, like its literary predecessors, is elegantly written, psychologically rich, and damn terrifying." — Benjamin Percy.
Jac Jemc is also the author of My Only Wife (Dzanc Books), named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award.
Also reading tonight is Seattle writer and APRIL festival co-founder, Tara Atkinson, who is the author of the chapbook Bedtime Stories (Alice Blue).