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ISA Presents: Get Spooked with A Look Inside Ghost Stories & Horror Movies

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Join the ISA's Scott Markus and Max Timm (hosts of the Fantastic Story Society podcast) as they reunite for another Halloween special event - ISA Presents: Get Spooked with a Look Inside Ghost Stories and Horror Movies. They will be joined by Special Guest, DJ MacHale (Are You Afraid of the Dark?). 

It's that time of year when the veil between what's real and imaginary thins, we question what's lurking around dark corners, and we debate whether or not candy corn is the greatest Halloween candy ever. (Max thinks it is.)

  • Learn why some horror movies work while others miss the mark
  • How to create fear and suspense for the audience

We will discuss why we like ghost stories & horror, and why so few horror movies are good, but the ones that are good are REALLY good. Diving into the psychology of fear, the different kinds of hauntings, and why fantastic scary stories don't always need to include the paranormal, Scott and Max aim to get us in that frightening mood and kick off the holiday season.

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When: Thursday, October 21st at 5:00pm PDT (Check Your Time Zone
Where: ZOOM. A link will be sent to you before the event. 

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DJ MacHale

D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space became a New York Times #1 bestseller.
D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC Afterschool Specials. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, he produced all 91 episodes. D.J. also wrote and directed the movie Tower of Terror for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. The Showtime series Chris Cross was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.
D.J. created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Flight 29 Down. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on Flight 29 Down earned him the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Children’s Script and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.
Other notable television writing credits include the ABC Afterschool Special titled Seasonal Differences; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series Ghostwriter; and the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.
D.J.’s latest traditional book series is The Library, a spooky middle-grade anthology about a mysterious library filled with unfinished supernatural tales, and the daring young people who must complete them.

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