"Know Horror" in October at Deschutes Public Library

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  9/16/2019

Thrills and chills are headed this way as we delve into everything horror in October at Deschutes Public Library. Hear tales of gruesome murders and ghostly hauntings right here in Oregon. Get goosebumps with performances of The Evil Dead and The Canterville Ghost by local thespians. This month-long dive into all things horror wraps up with a professional storyteller spinning spooky tales and an exploration of Edgar Allan Poe’s last days.  All programs are free and open to the public.


Oregon Ghost Stories

Join historian and paranormal investigator Rocky Smith for a presentation of history, folklore and the paranormal. Rocky will share ghost stories from his years of experience investigating haunted places. He has compiled hundreds of chilling tales from all over the Northwest and from his home town of Oregon City. Rocky will share some of his own unique experiences and will talk about some of most haunted places from around the state including Deschutes County.


Evil Dead: The Musical Sneak Peek

Join us for sneak peak of this wildly popular and darkly funny musical. Evil Dead: The Musical is back and packed with your favorite things including death, dismemberment and dance numbers! The tale is the same: five college students go off to an old abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them into hilarious, blood-soaked zombies. Our hero Ash must save the day, armed with a chainsaw for a hand and a shotgun.


Origins and Cultural Significance of Vampires

Why have vampire stories been a popular form of entertainment in American culture? How did folklore about vampires develop, and what connections can we draw between past folklore and contemporary popular culture in the U.S.? In this talk, Stephanie André explores historical and geographical influences on vampire folklore as well as the significance of vampire stories, specifically The Vampire Diaries, in the U.S.


Murder as History

What does violent crime tell us about our past and present? Author and criminal historian JD Chandler discusses the study of murder and history. He will emphasize the historic role of murder in Oregon’s past, including famous murders in Portland and Central Oregon. JD Chandler lives and works in Portland and has published four books of Portland history and written several novels and short stories.


The Canterville Ghost Preview at Cascades Theatrical Company

An average American family acquires historic old Canterville Chase—complete with a ghost! Sir Simon, the sporting spirit, succeeds in making life miserable. Find out what happens when the Americans strike back in this play by Tim Kelly, directed by Molly Choate. Cascades Theatrical’s All Aspects Teen Theatre provides opportunities to local teens in acting, directing, designing, writing, and technical applications for the stage.

  • Thursday, October 17 • 6:30 p.m. • Cascades Theatrical Company | 148 NW Greenwood Avenue, Bend


Stories to Rattle Your Bones

Feeling brave? Come listen to ancient tales guaranteed to chill the blood and tingle the spine. Humans seem to enjoy a good scare. Throughout time, there have been stories of nightmarish horrors, intended to chill the blood and tingle the spine. If you're brave enough, come listen to ancient tales from the British Isles and other frightening places of the imagination. Award-winning storyteller and author of folklore Heather McNeil presents this hair-raising program.


History Pub Encore: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

Explore the life, the legacy and lugubrious last days of Edgar Allan Poe. Actor, lecturer and Poe expert Alastair Morley Jaques, who has played America’s dark master of the macabre and original literary bad boy on the stage for more than a decade, will present the documented historical facts about Poe’s final hours and discuss some of the leading theories that have been put forth by Poe scholars regarding Poe and his last days.


For more information about these programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz Goodrich at or 541-312-1032. Programs marked with this symbol [ASL] feature American Sign Language interpretation.                                          


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