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Author uses his 'sense for the supernatural' (video)

By Carolina Astrain
Oct. 17, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.
Updated Oct. 18, 2013 at 5:18 a.m.

Author Brian Evenson reads at the University of Houston-Victoria's American Book Review reading series.

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Beneath a tuft of curly blonde hair, Brian Evenson read from his collection of short stories, "Windeye."

Evenson, 47, was at the University of Houston-Victoria as part of its American Book Review reading series Thursday.

He began the reading with the collection's title story, for which Evenson was awarded the O. Henry Prize.

Evenson said another author's reading - Dan Machlin - inspired the title, "Windeye," which is old Norse for window.

In Evenson's story, a young man and his sister attempt to touch a window they can see from the outside but not the inside of their house.

After the curious sister attempts to touch the "windeye" from another neighboring window, she vanishes like smoke.

This leaves her brother haunted by her memory and confused after his mother tells him he's never had a sister.

"We sometimes misperceive things in the world," Evenson said. "Even once we realize what they really are, that's the only thing that kind of stays with us."

After the reading, Mark Ward, a UHV assistant communications professor, posed the question, "Can an atheist write horror?" in reference to Evenson's excommunication from the Mormon Church.

"You do have to have a sense for the supernatural," Evenson said. "It doesn't hurt."

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