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Do you like scary movies? Have you ever wondered why?

Nina Nesseth visits Gibson’s Bookstore virtually on July 27 at 7 p.m. to present Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films, a pop-science look at fear, how and why horror films get under our skin, and why we keep coming back for more. Nina will be in conversation with Gibson’s own Queen of Scream, Ryan, to talk about the movies that make our skin crawl and delight our brains, and why that happens.

Nina Nesseth knows what scares you. She also knows why.

In Nightmare Fuel, Nesseth explores the strange and often unexpected science of fear through the lenses of psychology and physiology. How do horror films get under our skin? What about them keeps us up at night, even days later? And why do we keep coming back for more?

Horror films promise an experience: fear. From monsters that hide in plain sight to tension-building scores, every aspect of a horror film is crafted to make your skin crawl. But how exactly do filmmakers pull this off? The truth is, there’s more to it than just loud noises and creepy images.

With the affection of a true horror fan and the critical analysis of a scientist, Nesseth explains how audiences engage horror with both their brains and bodies, and teases apart the elements that make horror films tick. Nightmare Fuel covers everything from jump scares to creature features, serial killers to the undead, and the fears that stick around to those that fade over time.

Also, on July 26 at 6:30 p.m., Gibson’s welcomes N.H. author Linda Reilly to the store to present her newest cozy mystery, No Parm No Foul. It’s Halloween in Balsam Dell which means the Halloween food competition is right around the corner. Carly Hale’s Grilled Cheese Eatery is hoping to impress the town with its cheesy treats, but when the dead body of her rival, Sub-a-Dub-Subs owner Ferris Menard, is found stabbed the morning after the competition, all fingers — and steak knives — are pointed at Carly. Now, she must find the real culprit before someone else is grilled!

For more information, visit gibsonsbookstore.com.


Mountain memoir

Mary Ellen Humphrey returns to New Hampshire to hike Mt Major for her 70th birthday and to visit Gibson’s Bookstore on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. Her book, My Mountain Friend: Wandering & Pondering Mount Major, is a memoir about hiking Mt Major over 1,000 times. In this book, former state Sen. Humphrey shares her story of how this hiking trail changed her perspective and helped her make sense of life’s challenges.

Can’t make this event? Order a copy of My Mountain Friend before the event, and we’ll be happy to have it signed for you!


Bible School

Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow is offering “God’s Wonder Lab – Jesus does the impossible” from July 25 to July 29 from 9 a.m. to noon.  At God’s Wonder Lab, children will look into the Bible and discover that Jesus does the impossible! It is a science-based theme for children of all ages. If you are interested in this program, please contact us.  Registration is available now. It is also free to anyone who would like to attend. Call for more information:  603-224-0884 or e-mail bowmillscym@gmail.com   We look forward to hearing from you.

Author: Insider Staff

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