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Under the Mountain

March 5, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Moutain Brook, AL: For those who feel October is too short a time to relish the strange and the uncanny, the O’Neal Library offers a new series of programming that is a dream come true for fans of the horror genre, Under the Mountain. This series is proud to be the community’s source for exclusive horror author events, chilling movie screenings, and many more macabre things to come. Wasting no time to fulfill this promise, Under the Mountain will host its inaugural author event on March 05th, featuring best-selling novelist Stephen Graham Jones.

Jones received widespread acclaim for his 2020 novel, The Only Good Indians, a tale of supernatural suspense about a group of friends who face terrible repercussions for something they did on an elk hunt as teens. Beyond being a rollercoaster of frights and a demonstration of surprising storytelling, Jones’s novel—along with his nearly thirty other novels, novellas, short story collections, and comics—offers insight into the current socio-economic realities of Indigenous Americans, as well an unflinching looks at the imbalances of gender politics. Jones is the winner of numerous awards, most recent of which is the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award.

“For a long-lasting and far-reaching genre, horror is one that is often most dismissed,” says Anthony Vacca, the librarian behind Under the Mountain. “We want to excite fans, but it’s as important to welcome those who think the genre has nothing for them. Writing a good scary story is writing a good story. It requires thoughtfulness, empathy, and artistry. I think anyone who hears Jones speak will recognize that.”

Under the Mountain will also include a free movie screening on Wednesday, January 26th at 7pm at O’Neal Library. For more information about this screening and future screenings, follow Under the Mountain on Facebook, or on Instagram and Twitter @undrmtn. To RSVP for the March 05th author event with Stephen Graham Jones, go to https://oneallibrary.org/utm.

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