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Oh, the Horror!
Oh, the Horror! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Oh, how we love to scare ourselves with tales of masked slashers stalking the night. This October, lock all the doors and unmask some thrilling stories of murder and mystery. Then, summon your courage and join us for this series of spine-tingling programs.


Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Masks must be worn at all indoor library events.

Mysteries, Lore and Murders: Mystifying Parts of an Ozarks Past

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7 p.m.
Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive
For adults

Whether it be mysteries left unsolved, fascinating folklore or mystifying murders, sometimes the unknown can be captivating. Ozarks Alive's Kaitlyn McConnell will explore some of the spooky stories and historical pieces of local culture that have stayed with the region for years.

Welcome to the Final Girl Support Group

Friday, October 15, 2021, 7 p.m.
The Gallery at the Gillioz, 325 Park Central East
For adults

Best-selling author Grady Hendrix ("My Best Friend's Exorcism," "The Final Girls Support Group") welcomes you to a very special support group, so have a seat, coffee's in the back and remember there's no cross-talk. Then prepare yourself for a guided tour of the history of murder books, from bizarro 19th century Jack the Ripper fan fiction, through "Psycho" to the industry-changing success of "Silence of the Lambs." Along the way you'll encounter astrological assassins and the female authors who wrote serial killer books first. Together, we’ll try to figure out what it means that so much of publishing is about selling murder and mayhem. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Donuts & Death Q&A with Grady Hendrix

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10 a.m.
Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library community room
For adults

A fast-paced and frightening homage to one of horror's most enduring tropes, "The Final Girl Support Group" has been called "a wickedly humorous thriller." Join author Grady Hendrix and the Donuts & Death Book Discussion crew for a Q&A full of nostalgia and pop culture straight out of the VHS era. Donuts will be provided; seating is limited. Registration is full for this event. Registration starts October 1; call 417-883-1974.

Chainsaw Hearts: Chatting with Stephen Graham Jones

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 7 p.m.
Library Center auditorium
For adults

New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones' "My Heart Is a Chainsaw" is both an ode to slasher flicks and a harrowing coming-of-age story about revenge and redemption. Jones will discuss his love for the horror genre, the way history haunts the present and how horrors can forge a heart as powerful as a chainsaw. Books will be available for sale and signing.

"Scream" at The Moxie

Friday, October 29, 2021, 8 p.m.
Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Ave. #101
For adults

A subversive sendup to the slasher subgenre, Wes Craven's "Scream," rated R, was credited with revitalizing the horror genre in the 1990s and spawned a series of sequels that follow final girl Sidney Prescott. Experience the terrifying classic on the big screen during this special free presentation.


THERE'S A SLASHER IN THE STACKS, and we're on a mission to help final girl Paige escape the killer's clutches. Piece together clues throughout October to unmask the slasher and claim your prize.

Here's how to play:

  1. Pick up a game starter kit at any branch or the Mobile Library beginning the first week of October. Follow the directions to solve the first puzzle, reveal the first clue, and continue the story.
  2. Each week, return to any branch or Mobile Library for a new puzzle clue and a new piece of the story.
  3. Collect all four clues to unmask the slasher and help final girl Paige escape.
  4. Reveal the slasher's identity at any branch or Mobile Library to pick up a prize and be entered into a drawing for a slasher-themed prize basket. The winner will be announced


Cirque Berserk
Clown in the Cornfield
Final Girl Support Group
My Heart Is a Chainsaw
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys
There's Someone Inside Your House