We hope to see you next year for a spooky night of fun, food and beer in a historic cemetery. A Toast Among Ghosts, held annually at Reisterstown Branch, will not be held in 2020 due to the branch renovations at the branch and the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the branch renovations here.

The historic Reisterstown Branch was formerly the Franklin Academy, where in 1831, Edgar Allan Poe applied to be the headmaster. He wasn't selected, but maybe it's time Poe returned to one of his old haunts. Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849. To honor his life and legacy, we remembered the anniversary of his death in a macabre way he'd truly appreciate...in a graveyard!

Over 400 guests enjoyed live music by local bands Waylon K. Smith, Wanderlight and Fablelore; local food vendors; beer and wine; famed Edgar Allan Poe impersonator David Keltz (found, appropriately enough, in the graveyard); portrayals of historic Reisterstown residents; ghost stories around a fire pit and guided tours through the moonlit historic Reisterstown Community Cemetery (est. 1764).

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

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Tales of the Dead 2019

Tales of the Dead Short Story Contest

In 2016, Baltimore County Public Library introduced the Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest. The contest was inspired by a ghost story writing challenge 200 years ago which led to the creation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the first modern vampire story. In the spirit of that contest, and in conjunction with A Toast Among Ghosts, the Foundation once again challenged you to write your own original short horror story.

In 2019, we had more submissions than ever before. The competition was fierce.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Read the winning stories below.

Over 21 - First Place: "Against the Stone and Clouds" by Hilary Hargis

Over 21 - Second Place (tie): "Maui Mark and the Night Marchers" by Mark Carpenter

Over 21 - Second Place (tie): "The Soul Painter" by Leo Ndelle

Over 21 - Third Place: "Blister" by Sadé D. Thompson

Under 21 - First Place: "Game Night" by Chris Fleschner

Under 21 - Second Place: "Dining Alone" by Caden Heiser-Cerrato

Under 21 - Third Place: "The Secret Facility" By Cody Smith


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