TWIN FALLS — A young Latino artist turns down Sueño Street. The walls along the abandoned street are canvases for his murals which come alive with tales of horror, suspense and nightmare.
“Sueño Street” is a graphic novel in homage to “Night Gallery” and “Tales From the Crypt” — but with Latino flavor, culture and characters. The stories include fresh telling of traditional Latino scares like “La Llorona” the weeping woman who is a doomed specter seeking her lost children in the night and “Cucuy” the boogeyman who preys on children and fear.
Other story topics range in time and space: the real price of a dead man’s shoes; new and ancient betrayals in a canyon of ancient petroglyphs; space explorers discovering evil on an alien planet and in themselves; a wife- beater who gets what he deserves; and a woman willing to challenge a horrible evil for love. Differing in artistic style, the stories are woven together by the consequences of actions — some deserved, others not.
Writer Patricia Marcantonio wrote “Red Ridin’ in the Hood and Other Cuentos” which earned: the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award; the Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Commended Title; and the Wilde Awards Best Collections to Share. Arte Público Press — the largest U.S. publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors — published her novel “Verdict In The Desert.” She has also won awards for her short stories, screenplays and as a journalist. Marantonio’s play “Tears for Llorona” was produced by the Magic Valley Arts Council.
Artist Mike Youngman is a professor of fine art at the College of Southern Idaho where he has taught for 39 years. His work has been featured in more than 70 competitive exhibits, commissions and public projects. Youngman’s body of artwork in drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media approaches 1,000 pieces. He has a Masters of Fine Arts from Utah State University and a Bachelors of Arts from Brigham Young University. Figure drawing is his favorite discipline.
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