Monday, October 26, 2015

Dark Hallows FAQ With Buck Weiss

Looking for something fun to do this Halloween? Dark Hallows is a new event hosted by the Humanities Department. Stop by the library on Tuesday, October 27th at 12:30p for a "Halloween with Nathaniel Hawthorne" reading. Or drop by the Humanities Auditorium Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00p for The Bride of Frankenstein and later at 8:00p for Young Frankenstein, two great films. Be prepared for lively discussion after the films, led by Dr. Jason Huddleston and Dr. Buck Weiss. Dark Hallows is a FREE EVENT

Dr. Weiss, Chattanooga State English professor, provided more background on how and why the Dark Hallows program was created:

1. Tell us a little about Dark Hallows, what it is and why Chattanooga State’s Humanities Department is hosting the event.
Dark Hallows is a group of Humanities and Fine Arts faculty and students who want to celebrate the spirit of Halloween with readings, film, and performances. Dark Hallows highlights work from the horror, gothic, and speculative genres. This year we have two events. The "Halloween with Nathaniel Hawthorne" reading on Tuesday, Oct. 27th and a "Monster Madness" double feature featuring The Bride of Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein on Wednesday, Oct. 28th in the HUM Auditorium.

2. Previously this event was called Poe Readings, what prompted the name change?
Last year's Poe Reading went so well that we wanted to expand the event to other authors and works. With that in mind we needed a name for the event that we could use from year to year. Dark Hallows provides a moniker that establishes a mood for the events and a reverence for the authors and works that we highlight.

3. How have you contributed to the Dark Hallows event?
Dr. Brian Hale, Evan Jarnefeldt, Dr. Jason Huddleston, and Caroline Covington, and I are the core group that pull together the readings, performers, and art that is used during the event. This year we are working with an amazing reading script developed by Dr. Hale. It is going to be a wonderful time.

4. Who would you encourage to come out to this event?
There is a reason why Halloween looms so large in the American imagination. We are fascinated by the things we fear and captivated by what lies in the dark. Anyone who wants a fun way to celebrate these fears should join us for the Dark Hallows reading and films.

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