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Saturday, October 13 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Fiction: Out of the Shadows

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Halloween is right around the corner, and this session will introduce you to a trio of spooky novels that will add an extra chill to the lengthening autumn evenings. Horror master J.D. Barker teams up with Dacre Stoker (yes, that Stoker) on Dracul, a prequel to Dracula that’s drawn from Bram Stoker’s original notes and sketches for his 1897 masterpiece. Alma Katsu was also inspired by true life--in this case the ill-fated Donner Party--which in her novel The Hunger is made even more terrifying thanks to some supernatural intervention. And, closer to home, Hester Fox writes about the dark secrets of a New England manor house in her atmospheric debut novel The Witch of Willow Hall. How do novelists terrify readers? Why do readers enjoy the thrill of scary stories? Gothic literature specialist Bridget Marshall of UMass-Lowell will be our guide through the darker side of fiction in this spine-tingling session.

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Bridget Marshall

Bridget M. Marshall is coeditor of the collection Transnational Gothic: Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century and author of The Transatlantic Gothic Novel and the Law, 1790-1860. Her research and teaching focus on the Gothic, nineteenth-century American literature... Read More →

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JD Barker

JD Barker released his debut novel Forsaken, which was read and approved by Stephen King (a character of King’s makes an appearance in the book), in 2014. Forsaken won a New Apple Medalist Award and was nominated for a Stoker Award. Barker's work caught the attention of the Stoker... Read More →
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Hester Fox

Hester Fox is a debut author, artist, and a museum collections maintenance technician. Her day job has allowed her to travel and work with a variety of priceless artifacts. She has a master’s degree in historical archaeology and creates art prints. The Witch of Willow Hall is her... Read More →
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Alma Katsu

Alma Katsu is a bestselling author whose work has been compared to Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon. Her debut novel—and first book in the Taker Trilogy—The Taker, was published in 2011 and was named one of the top ten debut novels of 2011 by Booklist. Before becoming a writer, Katsu... Read More →
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Dacre Stoker

Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the bestselling coauthor of Dracula the Un-Dead (2009), with Ian Holt, and the coeditor of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (2012), with Dr. Elizabeth Miller. Before turning to writing, Stoker had a long... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA