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Legacy of the Marsten House: The Political, Cultural, and Theological Impact of Stephen King’s ‘salem’s Lot
Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Legacy of the Marsten House: The Political, Cultural, and Theological Impact of Stephen King’s ‘salem’s Lot

Legacy of the Marsten House: The Political, Cultural, and Theological Impact of Stephen King’ssalem’s Lot will explore how this iconic novel, as well as its 1979 television adaptation, is able to traverse and interconnect politics, theology and popular culture in a compelling and thought-provoking manner as a result of its rich history, mythology, cosmogonic implications, and the metaphorical potential to lead one into contemplating their role amidst the oppressive forces of our day.

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A Season With The Witch
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

A Season With The Witch

You might think Salem’s weird, but the city’s weirder than you think. That’s what author J.W. Ocker discovered when he moved to the strangest city in the country during its strangest season for his book, A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem. It’s not a straight line between a bizarre 17th century tragedy and Salem’s place today as Witch City, Halloween Town, and constantly conflicted. Drawing from his own personal experiences, his research, and his interviews with everyone from street performers to the mayor to, yes, plenty of witches, J.W. Ocker tells the real story of how Salem got so freakin’ weird…and why he hopes it never changes.

Presented by J.W. Ocker

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J.W. Ocker is the Edgar Award-winning author of strange travelogues Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, A Season with the Witch, and the Grimpendium books. His latest book is Death and Douglas, a Halloween mystery novel about a boy, his funeral home, and the killer who keeps filling it. Ocker’s work has appeared in The Boston Globe, CNN, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and other places people stick writing. Visit him at oddthingsiveseen.com.

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