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Halloween Horror — What Really Scares?

Thursday, October 31, at 7:00 pm  former Army officer, educator, and writer, Paul Gregory Smith will offer a lighthearted, interactive discussion of how and why horror literature thrills, provokes, and entertains us. Using short readings from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and his own work, Smith will explore the dynamics of mood, suspense, and mystery.

Smith spends most of his time in Boothbay Harbor, and is the author of the horror novel, Prayers for Evil. “This story actually began as notes from a nightmare – the image of the protagonist was so vivid that I had to write down my thoughts when I woke up,” said Smith. “Over several years I added characters, settings, themes, and plot twists until a classic New England horror novel emerged. I’ve had a lot of fun with this book and I hope readers will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.” Smith’s other writings have appeared in periodicals including Country Living, Military History, Canada’s History, National Guard, Career World, and the Boston Globe.

Because Halloween isn’t Halloween without sweets, apple cider and doughnuts will be served. The presentation is free and open to the public. Paul Gregory Smith will be selling and signing books following the presentation.