‘The Nightmare Encyclopedia, Your Darkest Dreams Interpreted’ arrives at Westminster
WESTMINSTER – Jeff Belanger is a master storyteller – and his supernatural tales promise to keep his audience captivated during the spookiest month of the year: October.
Belanger, co-author of “The Nightmare Encyclopedia, Your Darkest Dreams Interpreted” will talk about the paranormal in your sleep, the meaning of your dreams, and the symbols and archetypes of your dreams at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at the Forbush Memorial Library, 118 Main Street.
“We spend a third of our lives sleeping, with much of the night filled with dreams,” Belanger said. “Particularly vivid and disturbing dreams leave behind impressions that are hard to dismiss. This program delves into our sleep, our dreams, why we dream, and then explores the deepest and most memorable of all our dreams, our nightmares,” said Belanger.
But what are nightmares? And what meaning do they have for the dreamer?
Questions like these have been asked and answered at all times in all cultures around the world, Belanger said.
“”The Nightmare Encyclopedia” examines ideas about bad dreams found in different parts of the world, in different periods of Western history, in recent clinical research, in current theories of the occult, and in popular movies”, did he declare.
Belanger thinks most traditional societies around the world are taught that our souls leave our bodies and travel to other realms when we dream, “so maybe nightmares are the result of getting lost in one of the bad neighborhoods of the world. Dreamland”.
“If a dream is a message from ourselves to ourselves, then a nightmare is a critical message,” he said. “This program is meant to be stimulating and entertaining. Moreover, I will help to interpret the dreams of those who want to share with the public. There is so much we can learn about ourselves by keeping a journal by our side and exploring the images of our dreams and nightmares.
Through his love of journalism and all things scary, Belanger has written over a dozen books, published in six languages, including “The World’s Most Haunted Places”, “Weird Massachusetts”, “Our Haunted Lives” and “Who’s Haunting the White House”. ?” being the best sellers.
He is also the Emmy-nominated host, writer and producer of the “New England Legends” series on PBS and Amazon Prime, where Belanger delivers programs and talks to audiences around the world. He has been the writer and researcher for every episode of “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel; “Paranormal Challenge and Aftershocks” on Travel Channel and “Amish Haunting” on Destination America.
Bélanger has made media appearances on hundreds of radio and television shows over his 20 year career and he has a passion for mysteries and legends.
“The Nightmare Encyclopedia, Your Darkest Dreams Interpreted” was co-authored by Kirsten Dailey and can be found at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other bookstores.
Nick Langhart, director of the Forbush Memorial Library, believes there is an audience for these subjects and, more importantly, it’s an audience that might never come to a library without such exceptional programs.
“Our aim is to attract people by offering material covering a wide range of interests – hikers, cooks, musicians, mechanics, gardeners, astronomers, etc. – we strive to build a collection of books and media for all the needs of the community,” he said. “Diverse programming is an important way to welcome members of our community who feel the library has nothing to offer them and to show the wide range of what is here, all for free.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
For more information about Forbush Memorial Library and its events, call 978-874-7416 or visit forbushlibrary.org. For more information on Jeff Belanger, visit jeffbelanger.com.
Other local Halloween events include:
Halloween brick building and movie night planned
CLINTON — The Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut St., will host a Halloween movie night at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, featuring Stephen King’s “Firestarter.”
Their 2nd Annual “Halloween Freenzy” Brick Building Contest will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 29 for children ages 5-12.
For more information or to register, call 978-365-4160 or visit bigelowlibrary.org.
Halloween celebrations at Leominster Public Library
LEOMINSTER – From toddlers to teenagers, the Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., will welcome Halloween in style.
A teenage Halloween party will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, October 28. Visit the library after hours, if you dare, for Halloween music, dancing, crafts, games, prizes, and plenty of snacks. Costumes encouraged. For teens in grades 7-12.
The Tiny Tykes Trick or Treat Halloween Celebration will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 31, with treats such as bat wing slappers, coloring books, pumpkin slinkys, and more. For children 6 and under. Everyone is invited to wear a costume.
For more information or to register, call 978-534-7522 or visit leominsterlibrary.org.
It’s getting crazy at the Thayer Memorial Library
LANCASTER – Tap into your creative side with a spooky craft event at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at the Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St. Create corner bat bookmarks, all supplies provided.
For more information, call 978-368-8928 or visit thayermemoriallibrary.org.
Halloween Night Hike and Hayride when the sun goes down
PRINCETON – Celebrate fall with a guided hike and wagon ride and experience the magic of the sanctuary when the sun goes down from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road.
For more information or to register, visit massaudubon.org.
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