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THURSDAY December 26th at 7pm: VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES

VICTORIAN
CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES
"Move nearer the fire and hearken!"

Reading a ghost story on Christmas Eve was once as much a part of traditional Christmas celebrations as turkey, eggnog, and Santa Claus.
The Christmas ghost story; elaborate descriptions of the food and drink, games, and bedclothes of the time. And the contrast between the Victorian home’s cheery interior and the piercing cold of the snow, ice, and terrors outside.
Book: VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES Editor: Simon Stern

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THURSDAY December 12th at 7pm: ROCK CRYSTAL - A Christmas Tale pt2

"terrifying and beautiful"
ROCK CRYSTAL
A Christmas Tale pt2

An unusual, moving, and memorable Christmas story. Two children—Conrad and his little sister, Sanna—set out from their village high up in the Alps to visit their grandparents in the neighboring valley. It is the day before Christmas but the weather is mild, though of course night falls early in December and the children are warned not to linger. The grandparents welcome the children with presents and pack them off with kisses. Then snow begins to fall, ever more thickly and steadily. Undaunted, the children press on, only to take a wrong turn. The snow rises higher and higher, time passes: it is deep night when the sky clears and Conrad and Sanna discover themselves out on a glacier, terrifying and beautiful, the heart of the void. Rock Crystal was written in 1845 by Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter, about two missing children on Christmas Eve. It has been called "a suspenseful, simple, myth-like story with majestic depictions of nature. A quiet and beautiful parable about the relation of people to places; of man to nature." The author was said to be "one of the most extraordinary, the most enigmatic, the most secretly daring and the most strangely gripping narrators in world literature." It was translated from German to English in 1945. The story has been adapted to film and TV several times.

Book: Rock Crystal Author: Adalbert Stifter

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THURSDAY December 5th at 7pm: ROCK CRYSTAL - A Christmas Tale pt1

"terrifying and beautiful"
ROCK CRYSTAL
A Christmas Tale pt1

An unusual, moving, and memorable Christmas story. Two children—Conrad and his little sister, Sanna—set out from their village high up in the Alps to visit their grandparents in the neighboring valley. It is the day before Christmas but the weather is mild, though of course night falls early in December and the children are warned not to linger. The grandparents welcome the children with presents and pack them off with kisses. Then snow begins to fall, ever more thickly and steadily. Undaunted, the children press on, only to take a wrong turn. The snow rises higher and higher, time passes: it is deep night when the sky clears and Conrad and Sanna discover themselves out on a glacier, terrifying and beautiful, the heart of the void. Rock Crystal was written in 1845 by Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter, about two missing children on Christmas Eve. It has been called "a suspenseful, simple, myth-like story with majestic depictions of nature. A quiet and beautiful parable about the relation of people to places; of man to nature." The author was said to be "one of the most extraordinary, the most enigmatic, the most secretly daring and the most strangely gripping narrators in world literature." It was translated from German to English in 1945. The story has been adapted to film and TV several times.

Book: Rock Crystal Author: Adalbert Stifter


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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28th at 10am: ALICES RESTAURANT MASSACREE

ALICE'S RESTAURANT REVISITED
The song is one of Arlo Guthrie's most prominent works, based on a true incident from his life that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965 with a citation for littering, and ended with the refusal of the U.S. Army to draft him because of his conviction for that crime. The ironic punch line of the story is that, in the words of Guthrie, "I'm sittin' here on the Group W bench 'cause you want to know if I'm moral enough to join the Army - burn women, kids, houses and villages - after bein' a litterbug." The final part of the song is an encouragement for the listeners to sing along, to resist the draft, and to end war.

The "song" is in fact a spoken monologue, presented by Shandon Loring today for your listening pleasure or just to groan at and be Thankful when it's over.

PRESENTED IN LIVE VOICE at SEANCHAI LIBRARY

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THURSDAY November 21st at 7pm: AN OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING by Louisa May Alcott

"A simple story of a time long ago"
AN OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING

Mother and Father are called away suddenly the day before Thanksgiving because Grandma was “failin’ fast,” leaving their 8 children behind. The oldest girls, Tilly and Prue, decide to finish the dinner though they had never made a turkey with stuffing before, nor had they ever cooked plum pudding. All does not turn out perfectly, but at the end of the day, everyone is happy, warm and fed. Book: AN OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING Author: Louisa May Alcott Review by Susan Bailey:https://louisamayalcottismypassion.com/2011/11/28/an-old-fashioned-louisa-may-alcott-thanksgiving/

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THURSDAY November 14th at 7pm: ANTONY and CLEOPATRA - Shakespeare in story

"Make death proud to take us"
ANTONY and CLEOPATRA
William Shakespeare's play, told in story format

Mark Antony, one of three rulers of Rome, is in love with Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Antony is summoned back to Rome, where he clashes with another ruler Octavius before returning to Cleopatra in Egypt. Now in battle with Octavius, Antony and Cleopatra suffer losses and miscommunication, and both eventually commit suicide. Book: Shakespeare's Stories - The Histories Authors: William Shakespeare and Beverly Birch


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THURSDAY November 7th at 7pm: JULIUS CAESAR - Shakespeare in story

"Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar! "
JULIUS CAESAR
William Shakespeare's play, told in story format

Jealous conspirators convince Caesar's friend Brutus to join their assassination plot against Caesar. To stop Caesar from gaining too much power, Brutus and the conspirators kill him on the Ides of March. Mark Antony drives the conspirators out of Rome and fights them in a battle. Brutus and his friend Cassius lose and kill themselves, leaving Antony to rule in Rome. Book: Shakespeare's Stories - The Histories Authors: William Shakespeare and Beverly Birch


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THURSDAY October 31st at 7pm: A HANDFUL FOR HALLOWE'EN - Short Ghost Stories


"Things that go bump in the night"
A HANDFUL FOR HALLOWE'EN
Short Ghost Stories

Description:"Tiptoeing forward, he placed his hand on the doorknob.
As he turned it, slowly and silently, a strange fear gripped him." Fear, also, may come in small packages, and although these ghosts be small, they will loom large in your memory.The short ghost story uses a minimum of elements to captivate us, evoking a powerful response before the tenuous air of suspense has a chance to dissipate. Book: 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories Authors: Various


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THURSDAY October 24th at 7pm: ONE DARK HALLOWS EVE

"soon it will be the hour of the Pumpkin Men"
ONE DARK HALLOWS EVE 

Something stirs in the lake by his house, the dead leaves beneath this shoes crunch like bones, and even the Blackberry Brambles seem to twitch when he's not looking. Owen begins to wonder if perhaps Gorak is lurking somewhere nearby, but things get a lot worse as Owen discovers a terrifying stranger hiding in an abandoned farmhouse. A dark spell is invoked. Old magic, magic that raises a terrifying horde of nightmarish creatures. Book: One Dark Hallow's Eve Author: Eldritch Black

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THURSDAY October 17th at 7pm: THE SEALED BOOK

"tales of dark deeds strange and terrible beyond all belief"
THE SEALED BOOK

Description:The sound of the great gong heralds another strange and exciting tale from... The Sealed Book.Tonight the mysteriously keeper of the book has opened the ponderous door to the secret vault wherein is kept the great Sealed Book, in which is recorded all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages... Here are tales of every kind, tales of murder, of madness, of dark deeds strange and terrible beyond all belief.

THE HANDS OF DEATH A dark story of two brothers, one of them killed because he could not help himself. The other one was interested in murder too… but in a very different way. THE GHOST MAKERS The strange story of two scoundrels who would stop at nothing for money. DEATH AT STORM HOUSE The strange story of a beautiful woman. Whose jealousy was so great that even the grave could not give her peace. Based on Radio Plays from the show "The Sealed Book", c. 1945


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THURSDAY October 10th at 7pm: CLAY-SHUTTERED DOORS

"When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes"
CLAY-SHUTTERED DOORS

“Love may be eternal, but Lovers are mortal…
Aren’t they??”

Some restless spirits do not depart in peace because they cannot—or will not! Perhaps it is unfinished business that detains them, a bargain made, a promise unfulfilled. Perhaps a desperate yearning, their own or another’s, that knots that otherwise-severed golden thread.

Tonight we continue our journey through the ancient lychgate and across the kirkyard.

Book: Various Authors: Helen R. Hull


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THURSDAY October 3rd at 7pm: THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

"The Monster Demands A Mate!"
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

After recovering from injuries sustained in the mob attack upon himself and his creation, Dr. Frankenstein falls under the control of his former mentor, Dr. Pretorius, who insists the now-chastened doctor resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him without understanding that his intentions are generally good despite his lack of socialization and self-control.

Tonight’s story, written by Guy Preston, was derived from the 1935 screenplay of the same name, and was published and released at the same time as the movie. That movie “monsterpiece” was created by James Whale, and is widely considered the best film of the “golden age” of horror cinema. Cue the lightning . . . 

Book: Various
Authors: Mary Shelley & Guy Preston Screenplay: James Whale

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THURSDAY September 26th at 7pm: THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST

"Tis now the very witching time of night"
THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST

Restless spirits abound, from those who cannot go to their rest, to those who will not. And some poor souls who didnt even know they were scheduled for departure. Oh, there is no one crankier than someone rudely awakened on the wrong side of the dirt! 

Tonight my bravehearts, we begin our seasonal ventures abroad into exploring the obscure, exhuming Gothic tales, and more seasonal delights!

Book: Various Authors: Bram Stoker & Gottfried Bürger

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THURSDAY September 19th at 7pm: YOUNG JACK SPARROW - The Siren Song pt2

"Before The Black Pearl..."
YOUNG JACK SPARROW
The Siren Song pt2

Captain Jack Sparrow's ship, the Barnacle, and its up-till-now unshakable crew have suddenly fallen under a sinister spell. While continuing on their quest for the storied Sword of Cortés, the crew suddenly finds itself entranced by an ethereal song. As a result, each of them attempts to take the Barnacle in a different direction—and away from the Sword’s supposed location. Only Jack seems unaffected by the strange song, but can he both subdue his crew and defeat the mysterious force behind the dark spell? Book: The Siren Song Author: Robb Kidd

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THURSDAY September 12th at 7pm: YOUNG JACK SPARROW - The Siren Song pt1

"Before The Black Pearl..."
YOUNG JACK SPARROW
The Siren Song pt1

Captain Jack Sparrow's ship, the Barnacle, and its up-till-now unshakable crew have suddenly fallen under a sinister spell. While continuing on their quest for the storied Sword of Cortés, the crew suddenly finds itself entranced by an ethereal song. As a result, each of them attempts to take the Barnacle in a different direction—and away from the Sword’s supposed location. Only Jack seems unaffected by the strange song, but can he both subdue his crew and defeat the mysterious force behind the dark spell? Book: The Siren Song Author: Robb Kidd

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THURSDAY September 5th at 7pm: THE BLUE SALT ROAD pt4

"passion and loss, love and violence"
THE BLUE SALT ROAD
by Joanne M. Harris (author of Chocolat)
So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.
Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there - without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.

Book: The Blue Salt Road

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THURSDAY August 29th at 7pm: THE BLUE SALT ROAD pt3

"passion and loss, love and violence"
THE BLUE SALT ROAD
by Joanne M. Harris (author of Chocolat)
So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.
Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there - without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.

Book: The Blue Salt Road

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THURSDAY August 22nd at 7pm: THE BLUE SALT ROAD pt2

"passion and loss, love and violence"
THE BLUE SALT ROAD
by Joanne M. Harris (author of Chocolat)
So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.
Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there - without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.

Book: The Blue Salt Road

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THURSDAY August 15th at 7pm: THE BLUE SALT ROAD pt1

"passion and loss, love and violence"
THE BLUE SALT ROAD
by Joanne M. Harris (author of Chocolat)
So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.
Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there - without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.

Book: The Blue Salt Road


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THURSDAY August 1st at 7pm: THE SEA KING'S DAUGHTER

"Deep beneath the Irish Sea"
THE SEA KING'S DAUGHTER

Deep beneath the Irish Sea lies a kingdom beyond mortal men's imagining... Until one day a fisherman finds a beautiful maiden washed ashore. She cannot speak to him in any voice, though her yearning shines from her eyes. But with forces of land and sea arrayed between them, will they ever find their happy ending?

[story will run 10 to 15 minutes long] Book: Once Upon A Star: The Sea King's Daughter Author: Anthea Sharp


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THURSDAY July 25th at 7pm: LOXLEY

"one hacker fights to make a difference"
LOXLEY

Description:In a dystopian world where citizens log into The Realm online to escape from their dark reality, one hacker fights to make a difference as she goes in search of a rare artifact. Book: Once Upon A Star: 14 SF-Inspired Faerie Tales (Once Upon Anthologies Book 4) Author: Sarra Cannon Editor: Anthea Sharp


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THURSDAY July 18th at 7pm: Monsters & Myth - THE SPHINX pt2

"A former queen fights to save her life and the life of her true love"
Monsters & Mythology
THE SPHINX pt2

The Sphinx, a horrifying flying creature with the body of a lion, the head of a woman, the wings of an eagle, and brass talons that can rip an armored giant to shreds. After Hecate, Queen of the Harpies, retires in order to marry the lame little poet, Thallo, Hades plans a way to bring Hecate back into his realm. The Lord of the Dead summons the Sphinx and orders her to kill Thallo, thus giving Hecate no reason to leave her grisly post. But the Evil One also knows that Hecate will fight to save her love -- which just might lead to a riotously enjoyable bloodfest! Meanwhile, Demeter, Lady of the Harvest, is threatening to cast a famine across the land unless she gets back her daughter, Persephone, who has been abducted by Hades. Receiving no help from the bribed King of the gods, the turns to Charon, the master ferryman, and together they attempt to do the impossible and rescue the April Child from the most murderous of beasts. Amid flying hags with stingray whips, hundred-handed giants, a ravenous three-headed dog, and wingless dragons that spit blue flame, a former queen fights to save her life and the life of her true love. Hecate and the Sphinx thus become entangled in one of the greatest battles ever witnessed, with the loser destined to languish forever in the Eternal Fate.

Book: Monsters & Myth - THE SPHINX Author: Bernard Evslin


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THURSDAY July 11th at 7pm: Monsters & Myth - THE SPHINX pt1

"A former queen fights to save her life and the life of her true love"
Monsters & Mythology
THE SPHINX pt1

The Sphinx, a horrifying flying creature with the body of a lion, the head of a woman, the wings of an eagle, and brass talons that can rip an armored giant to shreds. After Hecate, Queen of the Harpies, retires in order to marry the lame little poet, Thallo, Hades plans a way to bring Hecate back into his realm. The Lord of the Dead summons the Sphinx and orders her to kill Thallo, thus giving Hecate no reason to leave her grisly post. But the Evil One also knows that Hecate will fight to save her love -- which just might lead to a riotously enjoyable bloodfest! Meanwhile, Demeter, Lady of the Harvest, is threatening to cast a famine across the land unless she gets back her daughter, Persephone, who has been abducted by Hades. Receiving no help from the bribed King of the gods, the turns to Charon, the master ferryman, and together they attempt to do the impossible and rescue the April Child from the most murderous of beasts. Amid flying hags with stingray whips, hundred-handed giants, a ravenous three-headed dog, and wingless dragons that spit blue flame, a former queen fights to save her life and the life of her true love. Hecate and the Sphinx thus become entangled in one of the greatest battles ever witnessed, with the loser destined to languish forever in the Eternal Fate.

Book: Monsters & Myth - THE SPHINX Author: Bernard Evslin

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THURSDAY June 27th at 7pm: Monsters & Myth - HECATE pt2

"Death can be outwitted but never overcome"
Monsters & Mythology
HECATE pt2

Hecate, Queen of the Harpies. Sprung from the bowels of the Underworld, this leather-winged monster torments the enemies of Hades. Chief among these enemies are Orpheus, the poet whose songs call souls to life, Asclepius, son of Apollo and heir to that god's medical skills, and Telesphora, who possesses a healing touch. Each separately falls victim to Hecate's cruel schemes, but together they frustrate her efforts to deprive the mortal world of its two most divine practices, poetry and medicine. The tale of Hecate depicts a world where pain and suffering threaten human love, and where death can be outwitted but never overcome. It is also a world in which compassion undoes cruelty, joy supersedes rancor, and courage sustains human endeavors into death's mysterious realm. Here, then, are the great contraries of human existence -- encompassed in the world of myth.

Book: Monsters & Myth - HECATE Author: Bernard Evslin


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THURSDAY June 26th at 7pm: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - A Story @ LEA 2

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The magic and romance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ presented
in a novel and approachable story/prose format.

What thou seest when thou dost wake,
Do it for thy true love take
Love and languish for his sake..
.. and Wake! ..when some vile thing is near!

Book: Shakespeare’s Stories
Author: Beverley Birch

                                                                    
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