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Zombie comedies, short film set for Oct. 30 in Bemidji

Two of the three plays to be presented are from Roy C. Booth's book "Three Zombies and a Demon." Submitted Graphic

Three one-act zombie-themed comedies and the Bemidji premiere of the short film "The Day Lufberry won it all," presented by RCB Productions and Frosty Moon Omnimedia, will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Chief Theatre in Bemidji.

Earlier in the day, a horror book signing jam session will take place at Roy's Comics & Games of Downtown Bemidji.

The three plays are the award-winning "How to Make a Brain Soufflé" and "Tenure," both written by Roy C. Booth and from his recently released book, "Three Zombies and a Demon," and "Marriage...After Death," written by Abbey Ferrier and Booth and published by Heuer Publishing. The performance of "Tenure" will be its world premiere.

Starring in the plays will be Cynthia Booth, Kevin Cease, Ryan Frank, Greg Gasman, Jadie Hunt, Erica Johnson, Andor Lofthus, David Moffett and R. Thomas Riley.

"The Day Lufberry won it all" is a short film based on the dark science fiction short story of the same name from Riley's acclaimed collection "The Monster from Idea (Apex Publications).

Booth directed the film and wrote the screenplay with John F. Mollard. Mitch Bernston was director of photography. The film stars Lofthus, Andrew Browers and Cease and was shot entirely on location in Bemidji.

A question-and-answer panel will take place after the screening.

Tickets are $10 ($7 for seniors) and are available at Roy's Comics & Games, located at 210 Third St. N.W., and at the door starting at 6:30 p.m.

The event was helped by a Region 2 Arts Council grant.

Book signing

During the afternoon prior to the play performance/film screening, a horror book signing jam session will take place from 1-3 p.m. at Roy's Comics and Games, featuring Booth, Riley, R. Scott McCoy and Nathaniel Lambert.

McCoy, a 1984 Bemidji High School graduate, is a horror author with more than 25 short story credits. He runs Stygian Publications and is the editor in chief of "Necrotic Tissue," Stygian's quarterly print horror magazine. His first novel, "Feast," was released by Shroud Publishing in September 2009. His second novel, "White Faced Bear," is due to be published Oct. 31 from Belfire Press.

Lambert is a writer, editor and publisher who runs the minuscule press "Bucket O' Guts" out of his garage in North Dakota. His novella "The Horribles" will be released in November through Grindhouse Press.

Riley, author of the short story "The Day Lufberry Won It All," is a dark speculative fiction writer from Minot, N.D., best known for his acclaimed collection "The Monster Within Idea" from Apex.

Booth is a published author, comedian, poet, journalist, essayist, screenwriter/doctor, and internationally award-winning playwright with 53 plays published with more than 675 productions in 27 countries. His "Three Zombies and a Demon" collection was recently released by Stygian Publications. Booth, a Bemidji native, has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree from Bemidji State University. He owns and operates Roy's Comics & Games.