Gary Carden will present the Thursdays at the Library program Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library in the meeting room.
Carden is a storyteller, playwright, author and artist. His newest book “Applachian Bestiary,” features, as Carden puts it, “wondrous creatures that run the gamut from whimsy to spine-tingling terror. The weeping squont and the pongereen bird that suffers from Montezuma's revenge; the legendary beasts of the Cherokees such as the Uktena; and the terrifying products of mass paranoia like the supernatural "painters" and the "vampire beast of Bladenboro." All are drawn from the same deep well - the oral tradition of the southern mountains.
Carden has written numerous plays including “Outlander” which tells the story of Horace Kephart. His most recent project, “Tears in the Rain,” tells the ongoing history of 19 chain-gang convicts who drowned in the Tuckaseigee River near Dillsboro while working on the Cowee Tunnel in 1882, and whose graves have only recently been discovered.