Åarhus Gallery’s as if stories, an ongoing series of readings of short stories by Maine writers performed by Maine actors, present “The Reach,” a lyrical winter ghost story by Stephen King, Sunday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. at the downtown gallery, 50 Main St.

“The Reach” will be performed by Helen York and Bonnie VersbenCoeur, with musical accompaniment by Doug Ludwig. Suggested donation is $10.

King was born in Portland, graduated from Lisbon Falls High School and the University of Maine, Orono, and taught high school English at Hampden Academy until his first novel, “Carrie,” was accepted for publication. The rest is history.

A household name for his best-selling novels including “The Shining,” “Misery,” “Dolores Claiborne” and “Lisey’s Story,” King also is a master short story writer. His first story was sold to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967, and he has been startling his readers with his stories ever since. His short story collections include “Different Seasons,” “Four Past Midnight” and the recently released “Full Dark, No Stars.” King received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2003. He and his wife Tabitha live in Bangor and Center Lovell.

York has been a radio voice on Maine Public Broadcasting; WCPN in Cleveland, Ohio; and WERU Community Radio, Blue Hill. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maine and teaches history at Eastern Maine Community College. She lives and gardens in Newcastle.

Belfast’s own VersbonCoeur has performed with the New York Mirror Repertory Theater, The Belfast Maskers and The Playhouse Theater in Belfast. She produced and hosted “Up East Over West,” a spoken word program; and originated and performed in “Live Radio Drama,” both on WERU. She is a sculptor and an interfaith chaplain with Waldo County Home Health & Hospice.

Ludwig studied composing at Bennington College and the University of Maine. He has played with UMA’s Big Band ensemble; in Portland area rock, disco and R&B bands; and, most recently, with the Spare Change Community Jazz Band at Great Salt Bay School in Damariscotta and the Salt Bay Jazz Quartet. He also created and/or performed music for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Rock ‘n Roll History of Whitefield” and other stage productions.

The mission of as if stories is to showcase the work of Maine writers — the known, the lesser known, and the great unknown — by bringing their stories to life in live readings by Maine actors. Everyone is invited to join the growing and enthusiastic audience for this lively and compelling afternoon of story, music, art and conversation. Light refreshments will be served.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.