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The Horror Within: An Evening of Scary Stories

October 30, 2019 @
7:00 p.m.
- 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time
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Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m.
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons
36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA 01603

What draws us to twisted tales of zombies, mutants, and monsters? Why are we fascinated by stories of transfiguration wrought by death and disease, magic and the occult, experimental science and technology? As external threats, these dramatic transformations provide metaphors for our social, political, and cultural anxieties. And yet, when alteration comes unbidden and from within, the change can terrify us on an even deeper level. The internal becomes visible, and the uncanny uncontrolled. What happens when bodies rebel? Is it desired release, or our worst fears revealed?

Continuing our popular Halloween tradition, Professors Gino DiIorio (Theater Arts), Jay Elliott (English), and Jennifer Plante (The Writing Center) will read scary tales exploring the fear of and fascination with disruptive bodies and embodied horrors. Combining the beauty of language, the art of storytelling, and the desire for community, Readings in the Higgins Lounge continues to showcase the power and pleasure of the humanities.

This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities; the Department of English; and the Theater Arts program at Clark University.


October 30, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.