According to FDR, we have nothing to fear, but fear itself. But in these days of TV shows about vampires, zombies, and serial killers, we might want to rethink Mr. Roosevelt’s remarks. Celebrate all things scary during Deschutes Public Library’s Know Fear series this October.
During the series, scholars, storytellers and authors will be exploring what we are afraid of and why. Included in the schedule are programs about vampires in popular culture and folklore as well as a historical look at Oregon cemeteries. Also included in the series is a storytelling performance of scary stories for adults by Heather McNeil and a reading by author Chelsea Cain, whose novels about slasher serial killer Gretchen Lowell have topped the New York Times Bestseller List. All programs are free and open to the public.
Monsters Under and In Our Beds
From scary to sexy, COCC Professor Eleanor Sumpter-Latham explores the connections between our culture and the monsters we love to fear.
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 2:00 pm
East Bend Public Library
Saturday, October 29, 2011 2:00 pm
Redmond Public Library
Exploring Oregon History Through Its Cemeteries
Portland writer Johan Mathiesen, author of Mad as the Mist and Snow: Exploring Oregon Through Its Cemeteries, will discuss Oregon’s most celebrated and unique cemeteries, including Lone Fir, Jacksonville, and Willamette National. Included in the discussion will be detailed profiles that highlight unique historical events, famous residents, and the evolution of headstone designs. Mathiesen will also highlight which cemeteries around the state should be on every traveler’s and historian’s “must visit” list—and why. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 8, 2011, 3:00 pm
Sunriver Area Public Library
Vampires and the People Who Love Them: Vampires in History, Folklore, and Literature
COCC Professor of Humanities Terry Krueger will reveal the origins of the word vampire and the vampire’s role in Slavonic religion and folklore. He will also discuss the vampire’s birth in 19th century early literature including John Polidori’s The Vampyre, Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, and of course, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 6:30
Downtown Bend Public Library
Vampires and the People Who Love Them: Vampires Go to the Movies
COCC Professor of Humanities Terry Krueger will analyze the transformation of the vampire into a creature of cinema and television. He will look at the role of the vampire in various films and television works including, F.W. Murnau’s The Nosferatu, Todd Browning’s Dracula, Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys, Josh Whelan’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and concludes with Alan Ball’s True Blood. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 20, 2011, 6:30 pm
East Bend Public Library
Author Chelsea Cain
New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Cain’s slahser heroine Gretchen Lowell is at it again in Cain’s latest novel the Night Season! Join Chelsea for a reading and book signing as part of the Know Fear series during the month of October. Books will be available for sale. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 3:00 pm
Brooks Room, Downtown Bend Public Library
Scary Stories for the Strong of Heart
Children’s services manager and renown storyteller, Heather McNeil shares spine tingling and bone chilling stories. Because of the scary nature of the stories, this program is for adults and older teens. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6:30 pm
Library Admin Conference Room (507 NW Wall)
For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at www.deschuteslibrary.org. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.