FrankenSteins - October 2019

Throughout October, the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library host a lineup of spooktacular, Halloween-themed, bookish programs and activities guaranteed to raise your spirits (or fill a glass with some). 

The Lady From the Black Lagoon

Tuesday, October 8, 2019  //  6:30 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library, Central Library

14 W. 10th. St., KCMO 64105  (map)


Milicent Patrick made Hollywood history, designing the gilled protagonist of 1954’s Creature From the Black Lagoon. It made her the first (and still only) woman to create a monster for a major motion picture.

For that, she was summarily fired by her jealous Universal Pictures boss. He seized credit for the Creature, and Patrick eventually fell into obscurity—until screenwriter, film producer, and lifelong monster geek Mallory O’Meara came across her photo and story and was moved to research and write The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick.

O’Meara discusses the book, her first, which is part fascinating and infuriating biography, part autobiography, part detective story, and part censure of sexism in the male-dominated movie industry.

Whether it's for the screen or the page, Mallory seeks creative projects filled with horror and monsters. She lives in Los Angeles. Mallory hosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses about book culture and reader life alongside filmmaker and actress Brea Grant.

Co-presented by Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.

About the book    //   About the author



Monster Meetup with The Modernists

Tuesday, October 8, 2019  //  8 p.m.

Parlor, 1707 Locust St, KCMO 64108 (map)

Following Mallory O'Meara's presentation at the Central Library, drop by Parlor for a casual post-program happy hour with the author hosted by the Young Friends and The Modernists


All Hallow's Read:

A spooky BOOOOOk Swap and Happy Hour

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019  //  5-8 p.m.

Strange Days Brewing, 316 Oak St., KCMO  (map)

Join Young Friends and Strange Days Brewing for an evening of brews, books, and blood-curdling Halloween fun. Looking for some free books to haunt your reading shelves? Bring copies of books you find to be a treat (or titles you find ghastly and wish to exorcise), exchange them with other readers, and get something new to read. Have a drink while enjoying spirited company with other book lovers, learn more about the Young Friends of the Library, or purchase a commemorative FrankenSteins drinking stein (perfect for some Strange Days beer).


FrankenWines 2019: 'SALEM'S LOT

Tuesday, October 15, 2019  //  7 p.m. / Doors open 6:30 p.m.

Our Daily Nada, 304 Delaware St., KCMO  (map)


***Tickets for this event have SOLD OUT!***

But you can join the waitlist, and if a ticket becomes available, people will be notified in the order they signed up.


This year's FRANKENWINES horror live-reading event sinks its teeth into Stephen King's vampire classic 'SALEM'S LOT.

The Young Friends and Our Daily Nada invite you to grab a drink (a glass of red, perhaps?) and join us for a bloody good evening of live narrative performance, a discussion of the book, and more. Space is limited!


$12 - Entry + Specialty Cocktail (ages 21+)

$7 - Entry only

Enjoy cookies from Swoon Bakery and Halloween-themed gift bags filled with tricks and treats. Guests are welcome to purchase additional food or drinks on their own.

Need a refresher on the book? Pick up a copy at Our Daily Nada, or find it at the Kansas City Public Library.

   Join the waitlist at   

About the book >

Published in 1975, 'Salem's Lot was Stephen King's second published novel; he imagined the book as a 20th-century take on the classic Dracula set in small-town America. The story involves a writer named Ben Mears who returns to his Maine hometown of Jerusalem's Lot (or 'Salem's Lot for short) after 25 years, only to discover that the residents are becoming vampires.

Our host for the night is Danny Alexander -- for over thirty years, Danny has written about popular culture for local outlets such as the Pitch, the Kansas City Star, New Letters and KCUR as well as a number of national publications such as The Nation, Counterpunch and With a Master’s in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing, Alexander teaches a variety of literature and composition courses at Johnson County Community College. His book Real Love, No Drama: The Music of Mary J. Blige was published by University of Texas Press in 2016. Alexander has a lifelong interest in gothic themes in literature and genre fiction.

Dan Barnett had a blast at last year’s Frankenstein event at Our Daily Nada and is excited to be a part of this year’s 'Salem’s Lot experience. As a voiceover artist, Dan recreated the Warner Brothers characters Tweety Bird and Pepe Le Pew for Hallmark’s plush animals, greeting cards, and holiday ornaments. He’s also voiced spots for regional and local organizations such as Pizza Hut, Alterra Bank, Sprint, Missouri Lottery, Mr. Goodcents, Alaskan Fur, St. Luke’s Hospital and Pinnacle University.

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Horror in the Hall: SCREAM

Friday, October 25, 2019

Screening: 8 p.m. //  Doors open 7:30 p.m.    

Kansas City Public Library, Central Library

14 W. 10th. St., KCMO 64105  (map)



The Young Friends host a night of Halloween-season cinema after hours in the Central Library. Join us for some scares among the shelves in Kirk Hall as we show the meta-horror classic SCREAM (1996, R, 1h 51 min).

This event is free, but tickets are required and space is limited.

Guests will enjoy two free beers compliments of Big Rip Brewery. We’ll also have some sinister snacks, but feel free to bring your own movie-watching food. Costumes highly encouraged.

Due to adult content, attendees must be 21+.


Facebook event > 


Terror in the Trenches: The Great War and the Birth of Horror

Wednesday, October 30, 2019  // 6:30 p.m.    

National WWI Museum and Memorial  //  J.C. Nichols Auditorium

2 Memorial Drive, KCMO 64108  (map)


Join the Young Friends of the Library for another Monster Meetup with The Modernists

From bloodthirsty vampires to the vengeful undead, join us as American pop and folk culture specialist W. Scott Poole traces the origins of the contemporary genre of horror to the devastation of World War I in an eye-opening conversation based upon his 2018 book, Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror. Following the works of famous figures like director F.W. Murnau, actor Bela Lugosi and writers Arthur Machen and H.P. Lovecraft, Poole argues that the trauma of the Great War and its calamitous costs reappear in a multitude of macabre forms, echoing the unprecedented horrors of the trenches, haunting the screen and page through today. 


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