Chills And Thrills
Chills and thrills are very much in season over the next two weeks at the Estes Valley Library. As a community partner with the first-ever Stanley Film Festival, the Library is hosting four events that will help offer a prelude to the weekend of events planned for May 2-5 at the Stanley Hotel and at other special locations around town.
The horror genre has long been a popular and successful literary form, and, beginning this Tuesday, a special table display will highlight featured reads. Horror has been one of the more popular genres for young readers, and it has helped inspire many students with a lifelong passion for reading. In that spirit, the Library is hosting an author event that will have special appeal for young people.
The Library’s grand event is an author program with Clay MacLeod Chapman, whose newest book “The Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters” is fresh off the presses. Chapman will give a program at the Library on Saturday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m. The book is especially written for ages 10 and up, and the author program will be enjoyed by middle-school ages and teens as well as adults.
“Homeroom Headhunters” begins with an intriguing premise: “All Schools are the same and Spencer Pendleton expects no less from Greenfield Middle. But Spencer hasn’t met them yet—the Tribe, a group of runaway students who secretly own the school.”
The first of a three-part trilogy, Kirkus Reviews calls the book “an engaging, over-the-top tale with much to say about how schools treats individuals and outsiders.”
In the week leading up to the festival, the community may also enjoy a three-part mini-festival of classic horror movies on the big screen in the Library’s Hondius Community Room. These features celebrate two horror classics and one famous more contemporary comedy-horror favorite. Here is the line-up:
“Young Frankenstein” (Friday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.). This send-up of the horror genre celebrates some of Hollywood’s most adored conventions through a satire of the Frankenstein classics. Lending his uproarious touch to the vehicle, director Mel Brooks earned tremendous and enduring acclaim for this parody of 1930s horror movies.
“The Undying Monster” (Monday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m.) In this classic thriller from 1942, a town in England is plagued by strange legends, mysterious happenings, and one family that seems to have a link to a relative—who is part man and part wolf.
“Hangover Square” (Wednesday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m.) Set in turn-of-the-century London, this period thriller tells of George Harvey Bone, a composer who suffers from a rather severe case of artistic temperament. Driven to distraction by discordant sounds of the city, the usually sensitive composer occasionally snaps when exposed to undue stress, and the results can be deadly.
All these events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Library at (970) 586-8116 or visit estesvalleylibrary.org.