Dr. Joey Brown and Dr. Michael Howarth will offer “A Night of Poetic Horror” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Room 102 of Spiva Library.

Both English professors released books in the spring of 2021; however, this will be the first time they have done a reading together.

Brown will read poems from her new collection entitled “The Feral Love Poems,” a series of portrait poems that capture the lives of everyday people.

“They’re snapshots of people at critical moments within their lives,” she said. “That’s why the title is called ‘Feral Love.’ It’s about uncontained passion and personal expression that isn’t full of romance.”

Howarth’s novel, “A Still and Awful Red,” is based on the 16-century serial killer Countess Elizabeth Bathory.

“It’s about a young seamstress who wishes for a more prosperous life and ends up being hired by the countess,” he said. “As she explores the castle, she ends up becoming a prisoner and pawn in the countess’ murderous schemes.”

The event is free and open to the public. Both books will be available for purchase and for signing following the reading.