At the end of Western Campus Drive sits a log cabin. On the outside, Western Lodge exhibits an inherent creepiness, even during the daytime. Inside, the stone fireplace and lofts provide a cozy feel, but only when the lights are on. On Oct. 19, the lodge provided the perfect setting for a frightful event. The Literature Program and the English Department hosted “Fright Night,” a night of ghost stories and socialization in Western Lodge on Thursday. Complete with eerie lighting, a fog machine and Halloween snacks, the event was an opportunity to indulge in the spooky season. First on the agenda, Dr. Patrick Murphy read an excerpt from his book of ghost stories, “Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James,” adapted from the original stories of M. R. James, an English author and medieval scholar. His choice for the night was based upon James’s “Oh, Whistle, and I Will Come to You, My Lad,” about a professor who discovers a whistle during an archeological endeavor and consequently experiences an uninvited visitor. “I got my interest in ghost stories while I was attending Denison University, when I wrote a story about a ghost that haunted one of the buildings at the University, and it ended up being extremely popular around campus,” said Dr. Murphy. Especially during this time of year, people gravitate toward the creepy-crawly tales of...Read More
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