Adults: get together for Halloween-inspired book groups. Come to one or more. Pick up books starting October 1 at the Downtown Library’s 3rd floor desk.
Tuesday, October 29, 6:00:
Get together to talk about the graphic novel “Through the Woods” by Emily Carroll. A collection of five deliciously creepy stories, it calls to mind legends like Shirley Jackson and Mary Shelley -- but in eye-popping comic book panels. Carroll’s brand of horror has a subtle touch, with an eerie atmosphere and plenty of lonely houses, dark woods, and ghostly beings. The conversation will cover each tale, plus Carroll’s overall storytelling style, visual flourishes, and more.
Wednesday, October 30, 6:00:
Join a discussion of Edgar Allen Poe’s famed short story “The Tell-Tale Heart.” This intense, image-packed tale by the master of Romantic horror has kept readers on the edge of their seats for generations. The unnamed narrator takes the reader on a journey of madness and paranoia, brought on by fatal decisions with dire consequences. Is he truly delusional -- or do the dead live on to haunt us? Discuss these and other macabre questions the night before All-Hallows Eve.
Thursday, October 31, 6:00:
At this gathering, the focus turns to “The Grip of It,” a novel by Jac Jemc. In this horror tale, a young couple tries to establish a sense of normalcy in a new town with new hopes. But they soon realize their house is anything but normal. At first, this book seems like an eerie but typical haunted house story-- but it quickly becomes an astute exploration of the unreliability of thought and perception. The conversation will explore how this intensely satisfying narrative calls into question the very nature of trust in ourselves and others.
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