West Virginia University faculty authors and a poet from Kent State University will celebrate Halloween with a public reading of spooky stories at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 in the University Town Center Barnes and Noble, Granville.

The reading, entitledGhosts,is free and open to the public.

The writers include WVU faculty members James Harms, Gail Adams and Mark Brazaitis, along with Kent States David Hassler.

The authors have planned a one-hour reading in which ghosts and the various ways they manifest themselves- from memories to apparitions in the dark- will haunt their words.

Harms directs the master of fine arts program in creative writing in the Department of English at WVU . He is the author of five full-length collections of poetry from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Harmspoems, essays and short stories have appeared in more than 50 literary journals, and he is a contributing editor of the journal West Branch.

Adams is the author ofThe Purchase of Order,a collection of short stories that won the Flannery OConnor Award for Short Fiction in 1985. The title story was also selected for the Prentice Hall Anthology of Womens Literature. More than 25 of her stories have appeared in literary journals, including The Kenyon Review and Story Quarterly.

Brazaitis is the author ofThe River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala,winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award. He has also published a novel,Steal My Heart.His most recent book,An American Affair,won the 2004 George Garrett Short Fiction Prize from Texas Review Press.

Hassler is the program and outreach director for the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, where he teaches and conducts writing workshops in local schools and senior centers. He is the author of a book of poems,Red Kimono, Yellow Barn,and a chapbook of poems,Sabishi: Poems from Japan.Additionally, he has a forthcoming documentary book,Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community.

The event is sponsored by the WVU Department of English, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The writersbooks will be available for purchase at Barnes and Noble.

For more information, contact Mark Brazaitis, 304-293-3107, ext. 33402 or mbrazait@wvu.edu .