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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid 

Ever since Ms. Day was wee, she's been privy to some of the area's best ghost stories, and it all started with a slumber party. The parents of the birthday girl took the partiers, including Day, out for ice cream...and a tour of Zombie Road. These grownups filled our heads with all manner of scary stories, some of which just might be true, depending upon whom you ask. From that point forward, Day knew ghosts were among us. She kept an eye out for them at her various apartments, at the Lemp Mansion and at any other ol' spine-chilling place she happened upon, including the RFT offices. That's where she hit the spooky jackpot. Yep, that's right: The RFT offices are haunted. Not by anybody with an ax to grind, thank goodness, but by an individual who likes his quiet time at night (when folks just happen to be under deadline). For the skeptics out there, this isn't just some story RFTers like to tell interns and salespeople — it is absolutely, unequivocally true. Of course, our humble abode and the other aforementioned spots are among many ghostly haunts in our supernatural city. To learn about other areas — along Route 66 and from St. Charles to Hannibal — and to be scared right out of your mind, head to Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or for Haunted Missouri: A Ghost Story Tour. At this event four authors gather at the bookshop to share terrifying tales of the unsettled, undead among us, and each has his or her area of expertise: Michael Henry (pictured) focuses on St. Charles, Ken and Lisa Marks have hunted around Hannibal, and Janice Tremeear gets her creepy kicks on Bloody 66. The author event is free and begins at 7 p.m.; books will be for sale.
Mon., Oct. 25, 2010

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