Thank you for making our night such a success!


Over 400 people joined us on October 16, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. for a spooky night of fun, food and beer in a historic cemetery. A Toast Among Ghosts made a successful return to the newly renovated Reisterstown Branch. (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 every year, Poe returns to one of his old haunts.

There was live music by local bands Night Watch Paradox and Eli August, local food vendors including Crossroads Bistro, Just Like Home Indian Cuisine, and The Reister's Daughter, beer from RavenBeer, 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 (see short story contest info below) and guided tours through the moonlit historic Reisterstown Community Cemetery (est. 1764).

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Congratulations to our 2021 winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our annual Tales of the Dead Short Horror Story Contest! There are two categories: Over 21 and Under 21. The theme for 2021 was "Ghosts in the Graveyard."

First, second and third place winners for each category were selected by a panel of judges that included a published author, librarians, community leaders and the library director. Criteria for judging included originality, fear factor and quality of writing.

For the first time ever, the first place winners were a father and daughter! David Sloan won the Over 21 contest and his 12-year-old daughter Polly took first place in the Under 21. Shannon Leigh won second place and Bill Sands third place in the Over 21 category, and Nicholas Krabitz, age 10, and Lucy Bray, age 12, took second and third in the Under 21 category, respectively.

The winning stories are now available, but be warned! You might not want to read them late at night…all alone in the dark…

Over 21 Winners

First Place: A Hole at the Edge of the Woods by David Sloan

Second Place: Stuck Between by Shannon Leigh

Third Place: The Berbalangs by Bill Sands

Under 21 Winners

First Place: The Letters from No One by Polly Sloan

Second Place: Ghosts in the Graveyard by Nicholas Krabitz

Third Place: Victim by Lucy Bray


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