Four high-school students in a rural town are into black magic, Satan worship, blood-drinking, and human sacrifice, which leads them to commit a double homicide that becomes one of the country's most sensational murder cases. You've read more inventive fiction, right? Well, the kicker to this story is that it's true. Teen vampire-cult leader Rod Ferrel presided over his flock in Tavares, Florida, northwest of Orlando. He was sentenced to death last year for bludgeoning to death with a crowbar Richard Wendorf and Naoma Queen, parents of one of the cult members. True-crime novelist Aphrodite Jones paid the daughter of the murdered parents for the story, and the result is The Embrace -- A True Crime Story, which Jones will discuss and sign copies of tonight at Borders, 2240 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Admission to the 7:30 reading is free. Call 954-566-6335.
The show "Local Talents" is composed of the works of gay and lesbian artists who are -- you guessed it -- locals. This month being Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, there's no better time for the show at the Broward County Main Library (100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Even more appropriately, a portion of the money from the sale of art at tonight's opening reception (and through June 30, when the show closes) will be donated to the Gay and Lesbian Collection Fund of the Broward Public Library Foundation. Money raised through the fund is used to enhance the library's collection of gay and lesbian literature, film, and artwork. At the reception viewers will enjoy complimentary appetizers and drinks while browsing (and possibly purchasing) the photographs of Ronira Fruhstuck, the bronze sculptures of Gerson Frank, the stone sculptures of Joel Shapses, and the paintings of Terry Horn, Fabrizio Cruz, David Lee, and Timothy Phillips. Admission to the 6 p.m. reception, held on the sixth floor of the library, is free. Call 954-763-4538.