In 1843, Charles Dickens published “A Christmas Carol,” the story of a mean-spirited miser whose soul is saved thank to the aid of a series of ghosts. Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemption captured the imagination of many and helped to redefine Christmas as the endearing holiday we now enjoy at the end of every year. But before Dickens, Christmas-time was a season celebrated in a much different fashion. We now think of Halloween as the time of the year for all things spooky, but for most of the 19th century Christmas was romanticized for being the occasion when the veil between the here and the hereafter was at its thinnest. It was a time for reflecting on the fleeting nature of mortality and for taking account of one’s actions, in particular one’s failings. It was a time for ghost stories.
Here at Under the Mountain, the Victorian tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas is alive and well! Join us on December 10, 2023 at 7 PM, for a FREE evening of scary ghost stories, performed LIVE by award-winning voice actor Matt Godfrey!
Winner of the Audiofile Earphones Award and a multiple-time nominee for the Society of Voice Arts & Sciences Awards and the Independent Audiobook Awards, Godfrey is a fellow lover of the strange and the uncanny; and he has performed audio recordings for works by the likes of Michael McDowell, Poppy Z. Brite, Jonathan Janz, Roger Zelazny and Joe Lansdale. A bona fide southerner, Godfrey understands the power of storytelling to take you anywhere in the world, traversing even life and death.
On Sunday, Dec. 10, at the O’Neal Library, Godfrey will perform a live reading of a two modern tales of otherworldly dread and wonder. We won’t tell you the name of these stories in advance, but we promise you an evening in the tradition of a fireside ghost story, replete with tea, hot chocolate, and seasonal sweets.
Doors at 6:30pm
The reading begins at 7:00pm. A Q&A with Godfrey follows.
This event recommended for ages 16 and up.
This event is brought to you by Under the Mountain, your local series of horror-related events hosted by the O’Neal Library. Join us for exclusive horror author visits, chilling movie screenings, and many more macabre things to come.
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