Halloween Fun with Truth or Fiction

Truth or Fiction, the esteemed reading series that asks the audience to decide whether they’ve just heard a story or an essay, will have a special Halloween edition on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., Portland. Come prepared for shocks, spooks, and a heck of a good time.

The Halloween Horror Storytellers will include Carson Creecy, Kristi Gray Lovato, Pat Janowski, Jason Squamata, Dan Wever, and host Doug Dean. Stevan Allred is the featured storyteller, and he will read something spooktacular from A Simplified Map of the Real World.

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  1. I wonder how many writers have had the experience of having somebody read a scene and say, “Well that would never happen,” and it’s the one thing in the book that’s based on fact. I know I have.

    Somebody complained that “Only Angel’s Have Wings” was the phoniest movie Howard Hawks ever made, and Hawks just laughed because the characters were all based on pilots he had known, the big death scene was based on a scene he’d witnessed (he said he added the rain), and a major plot point (a pilot who bails out on a flight, leaving his co-pilot to die, and is thereafter shunned by all pilots) was based on something real.

    It’s not that easy to tell the difference, that’s for sure. With Pynchon, sometimes the zanier something sounds (the Zoot Suit Riots, for example) the more likely it is to be historically accurate.

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