Graveyards, Lucifer, the fantastic and the spooky in Second Life

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, October 23rd 18:00 Magicland Storytime

TheGraveyardBook_HardcoverJoin Caledonia Skytower as she reads selections from Neil Gaiman’s 2009 Newbery Medal winning children’s fantasy novel, simultaneously published in Britain and America during 2008, which also collected the annual Hugo Award for Best Novel from the World Science Fiction Convention and the Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book selected by Locus magazine subscribers.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family . . .

Monday October 24th, 19:00:  The War Hound and the World’s Pain (Von Bek #1)

von-bekGyro Muggins opens the covers of Michael Moorcock’s 1982 supernatural novel.

Europe, the 17th century: nations are ravaged by the Thirty Years’ War, driven by religion and engulfing most of the Great Powers. Weary of the fighting, disillusioned, faithless and cynical, Ulrich von Bek, the War Hound, deserts his troops and travels through a Germany ruined by the war and religious persecution.

Coming to a strange forest, he finds within it a castle which appears to have escaped the war. He decides to seek shelter within its walls – only to find this is no ordinary castle. The lord within it is none other than Satan himself.

Von Bek discovers he has been allowed into the castle so that Satan might seek his help. In return for his soul, the Devil asks him to seek out the Cure for the World’s Pain, so that Satan might use it as proof to God that he wishes to be reconciled with heaven.

The hosts of Hell, however, aren’t that keen on the idea of reconciliation…

Tuesday October 25th, 19:00: Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday

With this posthumously published anthology and  successor to his best-selling Italian Folktales, Italo Calvino, a contemporary surveyor of the otherworldly, pays homage to twenty-six of his nineteenth-century precursors.

Join Trolley Trollop on a journey through this volume, which is both an education in the history of fantastic literature and a roller-coaster ride of wonder and terror, vampires, ghosts, and the rebellious creatures of our own psyches.

Wednesday October 26th, 19:00: Haunts and Ghosts

Shandon Loring reads from his personal haunted library!

Thursday, October 27th, From the Shadows

More spooky tales with Shandon Loring in Second Life and Kitely. Check Kitely event announcements for specific grid location

Sunday October 30th, 13:00: The Great Boo at Holly Kai Park

A buffet of the scary, the spooky, and other thrilling tales of the season.  Two hours of stories with a delightful selection of storytellers, live in voice at the Storyteller’s Circle, Holly Kai Park!

Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for September-October is Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.

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