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First Thursday: Idaho Horror Fest at Boise Public Library and Rediscovered Books

Learn about movie magic; try your hand at horror storytelling

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When Idaho Horror Film Festival Media Director Paige Richards watches a horror movie, she has a pretty good idea of what is and what isn't real. She can pick up on how the movie effects were made--whether through set construction or green screen and CGI.

She wants to share her knowledge this First Thursday at the Boise Public Library (715 S. Capitol Blvd.) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Her presentation will feature bits and pieces of the family Halloween classic Hocus Pocus.

"I'm basically going to ruin movie magic for kids," Richards said.

Down the street, Rediscovered Books (180 N. Eighth St.), is holding a flash fiction competition at 7 p.m. Writers will be given a horror-themed prompt and have 20 minutes to write a story no more than 666 words long. The stories will then be judged by local author and Boise State University professor Christian Winn; Greg Likins, of the Idaho Writers Guild; and short fiction author and poet Devin Becker.

The winner will receive two four-day passes to the Idaho Horror Film Festival, Oct. 15-17.