Welcome to The Summer Street Library’s Winter Interstitial!
There may be snow on the ground, but The Summer Street Library’s blog lives and breathes (albeit chillily and wrapped up in a scarf).
While we often start our spotlight artist articles with a brief introduction to the work or its artist, this week we are diving right into the poetry. Powerful and poignant, these three poems by rising star poet and spoken-word artist Parruh Dox stand alone.
A bit of Comedy and Horror this Season!
The Land of .OZ
Welcome back to another story from everyone’s favorite immortal, Henry Sinclair, and his third-generation Viking ragtag crew. In this installment, Henry has to fight back a horde of jinns working with John Hammond and Cecil Rhodes (DeBeers and Apartheid notoriety) before England stages an invasion from the Thousand Islands and floods America with gold crashing our economy. He is helped along by his crew, Nikola Tesla, Theodore Roosevelt, a young FDR, Keno Crowninshield, and Mark Twain once again.
To read Land of .Oz click here!
To read the latest issue of Arkham: Tales from the Flipside Summer 2020 click here!
Check out the latest edition of Flute Club and zone out for a while with Chris Dowgin.
Little light flute with Chris Dowgin! Welcome back to Flute Club where Chris travels the country and plays a little relaxing tune within the most beautiful hidden gems.
Chris Dowgin travels to Salem MA to play a tune for you. Sit back and enjoy some meditative music on the dock of the bay.
Check out Chris Dowgin dancing with all of his strange moves caught in action at the Lowell Folkfest many years ago!
I guess he is more than an author and an illustrator. He also can scare the kids with his dance moves!
In this video follow Christopher Jon Luke Dowgin of the Salem Smugglers’ Tour as he brings you on the Lovecraft Tour of Salem. He will bring you to the locations behind Lovecraft’s most famous stories. For example, he will bring you to the Bentley-Crowninshield House. The house appears within The Thing on the Doorstep. Further, he will bring you to the old Charter Street Burying Ground. Inside the pages of Pickman’s Model, they mention the graveyard. Moreover, he will give you the real histories behind the locations and the people who lived in them. So watch this video and take the tour of Arkham, which we locals know as Salem MA! Lovecraft and Cthulhu would be so proud!
To find out more about the weird locations in Salem and the tunnels that run under the city, book a tour on the Salem Smugglers’ Tour. Plus read the books Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and Sub Rosa.
Chris Dowgin of the Salem Smugglers’ Tour brings you around the Salem Common on a quick secret tour of the Witch City. Learn how 3 miles of tunnels were built to circumvent paying taxes which made America’s first millionaires and what they got up to with all of the money.
Learn about the Stoned Elephant!
Firstly, he will inform you about how the elephant got stoned and how she found rehab within one of America’s most famous circuses. Did you know Nathaniel Hawthorne’s father was on that ship?
Find out the Truth Behind the Murder that Clue is Based on!
He will take you to the locations involved in the most infamous murder of the nineteenth century Moreover, he will tell you how it affected the highest levels of our government and changed the path of our nation forever. Consequently, it was also the murder that inspired Edgar Allan Poe to write the Tell-Tale Heart.
See the House that was in Lovecraft’s Thing on the Doorstep on this Witch City Quick Secret Tour
Further, you will learn how this house also affected the US Constitution and the murder of a Congressman. Little did Lovecraft know that reality is weirder than fiction sometimes.
So Much Packed into the Witch City Quick Secret Tour
In short, you will learn about those people who:
- manipulated our national banks
- those who created financial panics and depressions like clockwork
- how the tunnels were built and why
- who was the architect of the tunnels and where else he built them
- and became America’s first millionaire.
In conclusion, you will realize after watching this quick tour of the Witch City that Salem is definitely more than Witches!
Visit Salem Smugglers’ Tour to book your tour for October, if the virus does not scare you away from this Halloween’s celebration! Also, read Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and Sub Rosa to be better prepared and enjoy your stay with us that much more!