American Horror Story group readers photo

American Horror Story

Written by Ken Pienkos

The AULA Library hosted “American Horror Story” as an October literary experience in the realm of genre fiction and speculative abstracts. The students from Kate Maruyama’s summer lit class—LIT4370 American Horror Story and Speculative Fiction—read their ultimate writings built through the ten-week course. The library’s audience cringed through haunting tales of social commentary about abortion, open carry weapons, molestation, and the apocalypse all set to the backdrop of the fourth-floor view of Holy Cross Cemetery and the Wilshire Boulevard Skyline.

A special Screech-out to Meg Burby, Laura Foxworthy, and Karli Nelson for sharing their talents. The readings culminated with a haunting holiday tale by Maruyama. Food, refreshments, and collegiate chills were shared by all.

Kate Maruyama is Chair of the AULA Alumni Association; Adjunct Faculty for MFA and Undergraduate Studies Program in LA, and dedicated to the writing community she has helped develop through AULA’s and throughout Los Angeles. Her debut novel Harrowgate (47North, 2013) is now available in paperback.

“Reading affirms the importance of community and can introduce us to brave and outspoken people we would never otherwise encounter, who surprise us, undo us, restore us.” Lisa Lepore: Library Director

AULA library compiled a suggested reading list of titles to “keep you awake at night” from its excellent literary collection. American-Horror-Story-Reading-List2



Karen Hamilton ’17 (Antioch Los Angeles, MA) is Antioch's Director of Marketing for Content and Communications. She has used her storytelling and copywriting skills for more than twenty years, crafting articles and creating publications. She believes that communication is a powerful driver for social change.


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