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Horror writer inspired by holy and seedy places

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You won’t find Maurice Broaddus working on his novels at local Barnes & Nobles or Borders store. Instead, he prefers grimy bars – full of prostitutes and strippers – and quiet sanctuaries.

For Broaddus, writing involves getting immersed in an atmosphere and its elements in order to produce his gorey (and sometimes sexual) tales from the dark side. Originally from London, his unique style of writing combines both horror and spirituality. And he stays true to both facets in his work, which ultimately define his personality and faith.

Broaddus, 39, was introduced to the genre as a child in the most unlikely place: church. “My Sunday school teacher was a closet horror lover,” he said.

Although he tried to suppress his growing interest in horror, it later resurfaced as a teen in an advanced placement English class. There, he received positive feedback on his writing, and became drawn to the works of American poet Edgar Allan Poe, who he describes as an “early influence.”

The West side resident says his biggest struggle is staying true to the story and the characters he creates, while praying he is accepted by fans and Christians alike…including his mom. “I’m working out my spiritual journey as much through my art as through my faith,” he said.

As one of very few African-American horror writers in the nation, Broaddus says he feels priviledged that he can contribute to the genre and offer stories inspired by tragedy, hardships, and death. As a father, he hopes that his sons (Maurice II and Malcolm) will develop their own creative niche early and be comfortable in it as he did.

Hear Broaddus’ and other essayists share their work during a public reading at the premier event, “Made for Each Other: Fountain Square.” The reading is free to the public.

For more information, visit www.spiritandplace.org and check out his work at www.mauricebroaddus.com.

2009 Spirit and Place Festival: Inspiring Places

Explore Indy like never before throughout this exciting excursion, which runs November 6-15. Participants can expect to experience a marketplace of ideas on and witness diverse creative expressions. From theatrical performances to random public improvisations, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.spiritandplace.org for the full schedule and event listings.

Our Pick – ‘The Price

of Progress’

Did you know that Indiana Avenue was once a vibrant cornerstone of Black businesses, world-class entertainment, and prominent social institutions? Yet, over the years many developments have taken place—including the establishment of IUPUI—that have left some elders and community leaders concerned and full of mixed emotions. Join poetess Mari Evans and native jazz musician David Baker as they lead the conversation, and view a public compilation of elders’ written memories.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: Madame Walker Theatre Center, 617 Indiana Ave.

This event is free to the public.

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