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Get in the Halloween spirit with area folklorist and author Randy Russell on Tuesday, Oct., 18, at 5:30 p.m at Canton Branch Library. Russell will tell a few true ghost stories and read from his new morbidly funny young adult novel, Dead Rules.

Asheville-resident Russell is the Edgar-nominated author of five published novels for adults, two books of short stories about Southern ghosts, and two volumes of Southern Appalachia folklore.

Earlier this year, Russell saw publication of his first young adult novel, Dead Rules, which received a starred Kirkus Review and was a Junior Library Guild Summer 2011 high-interest selection.

In addition, Russell is an academically trained folklorist who has collected hundreds of first-person accounts of ghost experiences from across the South.

“I know what a ghost encounter is like for the people who have experienced them,” Russell says. “But I have always wondered what the experience is like for the ghost and what it is like to be a ghost. I wrote Dead Rules to find out.”

Russell says he has believed in ghosts since having to take the trash out at night when he was 12 and being chased back to the house by “something” in the darkness.

“I write [about] ghosts and dead people,” Russell said, “but my overriding concern in fiction is coming to an understanding of love. I figure each of us will fully understand what love is about 100 years after we’re dead. In that case, ghosts know. And I want to know what they know.”

For more information on Russell and Dead Rules, visit www.ghostfolk.com. Call the Canton Branch Library at 648-2924 for more information on the Oct. 18 event, which will include refreshments generously provided by the Friends of the Library.