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There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago…
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The British tradition of telling ghost stories around the holiday season was already an old one when Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. It was old when M.R. James began his yearly candlelit readings at King’s College, Cambridge. It was positively ancient when the BBC introduced the program A Ghost Story for Christmas in the 1970s, primarily as a yearly excuse to adapt James’ work. It’s a custom that never caught on here in the states, however, the Satanic Temple Salem would like to invite you to help us change that!
Join us for SOLSTICE GHOST STORIES, featuring candlelit readings of two of James’ best works by local raconteur John Francis Bittrich and unique live audio created by Mikey Lee aka Coralcola aka DJ Poke Smot. Take in the gallery’s yuletide decorations, nibble on snacks, and sip on hot libations in a comfy, cozy setting that’s sure to offset the shivers and chills offered by these classic ghost stories.
John Francis Bittrich is a writer, DJ, and musician from Salem. His work has appeared in publications including Digboston, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Hassle, the Boston Compass, and more. He’s worked as a ghost tour guide here in Salem and hosted a long-running radio program on WZBC at Boston College.