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Macabre Stories of Murder and Madness

October 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Macabre Stories of Murder and Madness

The brave and the curious are beckoned to Macabre Stories of Murder and Madness on Wednesday, October 30, at Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA, from 7 to 9:30 PM. Tickets: $12.50 at the door. Reservations recommended. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. BYOB & Wine.

Embark on a journey into the frightening, fascinating world of the imagination as storytellers Charles Kiernan, Bruce Marold, Karen Maurer, and Denise McCormack spin scintillating and sticky situations in a celebration of this season’s favorite holiday: All Hallows Eve.

According to McCormack, “The scariest stories reside inside our heads. Our mission is to bring them out and expose them, give them life and light, sometimes in metaphor and sometimes in hard truth, real events, and then put them back to bed. Like all of the best stories, we want the tales to resonate with our listeners. The stories, themselves, are haunting. And we expect that the atmosphere of Godfrey Daniels will enhance that effect.”

About the Artists:
Charles Kiernan
Storyteller Charles Kiernan, now retired from gainful employment, performs at theatres, listening clubs, schools, libraries, and arts festivals. He is also coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, Pennsylvania State Representative for the National Youth Storytelling Showcase, Pennsylvania State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network and recipient of the 2008 Individual Artist Award from the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission.
Bruce Marold
Bruce Marold’s attraction to storytelling began when he was a Boy Scout leader, about 35 years ago; however, it remained nascent until he retired from working with various information systems for clinical research and joined the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild in 2012 and, subsequently joining the board, began to produce storytelling events for community organizations to support the art form and the artists. Among his favorite stories to tell are those written by such masters as Edgar Alan Poe, Oscar Wilde, and James Thurber. He is also fond of cat stories!
Karen Maurer
Karen Maurer–a retired library youth services coordinator, writer, and blogger of children’s literature, tells tales to all ages, coaches and runs Storytelling Workshops for children and teens, and writes songs for Chiles’ Play, a children’s musical duo with her brother, Dan.

Maurer has engaged audiences with her storytelling for more than two decades, is a member of the LVSG board , and a presenter and reviewer of books for middle grades and teens for area literature conferences and on her blog,

Maurer’s specialties and services include professional storyteller, workshop developer and leader, program coordinator, and book reviewer.

Denise McCormack

Denise McCormack has been telling professionally for more than a decade, presents programs throughout the tri-state area, and is deeply committed to sharing the benefits of storytelling in a broad spectrum of applications from education and community to business, health, and well-being.

Among her many roles in storytelling, McCormack is a board member and active teller for and with the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, the NJ state liaison for the National Storytelling Network, co-chair of the NJ Storytelling Festival, president of the Patchwork Storytelling Guild in Philadelphia, and an active member of various other local and national organizations wherein storytelling plays an integral role.

McCormack’s mantra: There is a story for every time and purpose under heaven. For more information:


The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild started in 1998 to promote the art of storytelling in the Lehigh Valley and presents numerous showcases, appears at festivals, and conducts story circles and workshops. Its members often perform at various other venues and events, too, throughout the area.

LVSG typically meets at Godfrey Daniels Listening Club on the second Wednesday of each month for a story circle. It is free and open to the public. Check the calendar for details and other upcoming events and news in the world of storytelling at


The Vision of Godfrey Daniels is to present the finest of folk music and performing arts through the “Godfreys Experience”; that is, the presentation of the folk arts in a comfortable and spontaneous environment, accessible to all ages and backgrounds. We seek to provide this rich experience by creating an intimate link among the musicians, audience members, and volunteers, an experience rarely found in our society today. Godfrey Daniels stands out by providing professional yet non-intimidating performance conditions; encouraging aspiring regional talent, and further developing the fabric of our local musical arts community. We value the heritage of folk music, linking our past to our future. We are a vital part of the cultural fabric of the South Side Bethlehem and greater Lehigh Valley communities.

Godfrey Daniels exists to create and nurture the appreciation of traditional and contemporary folk music and performing arts by providing an intimate environment where professional artists, amateur performers and audience members will be enriched by the unique experience of live performance. For more information, go to


October 30, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild / Godfrey Daniels
7 East 4th Street
Bethlehem, 18015
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