Longer nights: Stranger tales

You can feel it in the air, can’t you: Autumn is just around  the corner, and here at the library that means gathering around to hear some spooky stories. Once again this Fall, we’ll be presenting our ‘Ales from the Crypt spooky story time in bars around town (visit the Booktoberfest page soon for details, or mark your calendar now for one of these dates: Tuesday Oct 22, 8 p.m. – Palace Art Bar, Georgetown; Sunday, Oct 27, 8 p.m. – Tippe & Drague Alehouse, Beacon Hill; Wednesday, Oct 30, 8 p.m. – Floating Bridge Brewing, University District. We will also have a pair of spooky readings as part of this year’s LitCrawl.

For those who prefer to get scared in broad daylight, don’t miss our regular lunch hour Thrilling Tales program as we shift into the spooky season of the year:

Monday, September 9, noon: The Painted Smile, by William Kent Krueger. Ten-year-old Oliver believes he’s Sherlock Holmes, and he isn’t the only one: just ask Professor Moriarty. Krueger’s homage to Arthur Conan Doyle is full of fun surprises.

Monday, September 23, noon: Floral Tribute, by Robert Bloch. Grandma lived right next door to the cemetery, which meant she always had fresh flowers, and the most interesting guests.  Also, “The Lawyer and the Ghost,” by Charles Dickens. A young attorney raises objections to his own haunting.

Monday, October 7, noon: Disturb Not My Slumbering Fair, by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. You can’t keep a good woman down, even if you plant her six feet under. Warning: this grisly tale of the unstoppable undead is not for the faint of heart!

Monday, October 21, noon: The October Game, by Ray Bradbury.  After years of simmering hatred, he would be sure to make this a Hallowe’en that none of them would ever forget! Bradbury at his ghastliest. Also, “A Week in the Unlife,” by David Schow. Its dark and lonely work, slaying vampires.

Monday, November 4, noon: Canavan’s Back Yard, by Joseph Payne Brennan. A rare book dealer working out of his home seems to have the most retiring of lives, but something inexplicable was lurking just outside his window.

    – Posted by David W.

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