Chilling stories from Dublin writers will serve as fodder for Grave Tales.
With the Indian Run Cemetery serving as the backdrop, the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 75 N. High St., will offer up Halloween-themed storytelling from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 30 for the 29th annual Grave Tales.
The long-time Halloween program at the Dublin branch has been looking for ways to get local writers involved after seeing a similar program have great success at an Illinois library, said Ray Barrett, teen librarian.
"We decided to honor very local authors: kids taking part in the Dublin PROUD Writing contest or Central Ohio Writing Contest," he said.
As a judge for the writing contests, Barrett said he's read a few thrillers from Dublin students.
"I've been a judge the last four years for both contests," he said. "I remember getting a shudder out of a few stories this year. We picked four finalists to use for the second half of Grave Tales."
The first 30 minutes will take aim at younger children, but from 7:30 p.m. on, chills and thrills will stalk through the stories told by Dublin branch librarians.
"Pocket Full of Posies" will be included in the storytelling and author Chistiana Sweeney said the story came from a prompt: something that won't leave you alone.
"Death is something that everyone is going to face. It's not something you can get around," the Grizzell Middle School eighth-grader said. "Something that affected everyone was the Black Plague. Millions of people were affected by it."
A poem by Jerome High School freshman Nic Gilicinski is also set for a reading at Grave Tales. The work came from a school assignment to write from the point of view of someone in a concentration camp during World War II.
"We were reading a book called 'Night.' It's about a kid during World War II who is taken to Auschwitz," he said.
Having his work read aloud is a first for Gilicinski, who enjoys writing and calls himself an avid reader.
"This is a new thing for me," he said. "It seems like it could open a pathway. I was surprised a thing I wrote for an eighth-grade assignment got picked ... . I've been to Grave Tales before. It was cool."
Likewise, Sweeney is excited for her work to come alive at Grave Tales.
"It's such a big honor to me," she said. "I spend a lot of time on my writing. Just to have it now being shared with people other than just judges and people viewing the competition, to have it seen by the public for enjoyment is great," she said.