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Tibetan Ghost Stories

Tibetan Ghost Stories
Thursday, October 24, 2013

From “hungry ghosts” (yidag)—spirits with tiny throats and huge insatiable stomachs—to exorcism festivals, ghost dances, and spirit traps, Tibet lays claim to one one of the world’s richest . . . and spookiest traditions of ghosts. To showcase the richness of Tibetan ghost stories and to celebrate Halloween, we invited you to send us your scariest, most hair-raising entries for a Tibetan ghost story competition. Now our panel has selected and translated into English and Tibetan five of your stories. Read them here!

On October 24, join us and special guest and award-winning writer Simon Van Booy in our library or online via Livestream on this page to vote on the three most terrifying, grisly, and spine-chilling stories. The three winning stories will receive sweet prizes (including dinner for two, jewelry, gift certificates, and more).

Admission at the door: $10 Students: $5

Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, NPR, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.


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