Do you think that ghost tales are just for Halloween? Think again! To kick of the 31st-annual Texas Storytelling Festival, bards from across the land are stirring up a haunting brew of eerie tales to leave you spellbound. Best of all, the concert is free!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 10 from 7-9:15 p.m. Make plans to join me, host Shelly Tucker of Ghosts of Denton Haunted History Tour, as I will guide you through an evening of spine-tingling ghost tales from seven renowned storytellers. The concert will be at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. You don’t want to miss it!

LINEUP OF STORYTELLERS   Steve McCluer, a storyteller since the 1980s, is no stranger to the stage at Tejas. Over time his genre seems to have evolved into the realm of creepy horror stories, in which he delights... and you will, too.

GHOST STORY CONCERTDonna Ingham, a much lauded professional who tells tales as only a Texan could ---or would, has been designated “the Biggest Liar in Texas” three times. However, the story she will share is a true Texas ghost tale that will leave you shivering.

Professor Charles Porterfield is a writer, teacher, lecturer, radio host … and a root doctor! He will regale you with his “Hoodoo” magic. And, if you have a ghost, he might be able to “bust” it.

Paula Schlegel is an author and professor of communications at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. This former board member of the Tejas Storytelling Association plans to tell a chilling true story that happened at the university.

Kimber Fountain, editor of two magazines in Galveston, Texas, is also an actress and a film director. Tourists from around the country hailed her excellence for the three years when she was a tour guide for Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours of Galveston. Her stories are captivating.

Len Barnett, of Percussion Things, will accompany his wife, storyteller Catherine Whiteman, on the drums as she performs.  Catherine is an actress, singer, storyteller, and historian … as well as an award winning television producer and host for "About Towne," Irving Community Television Network's weekly entertainment magazine. When she and her husband collaborate on a performance, it is story magic.

Loren Niemi, from Minneapolis, is an innovative storyteller, poet, author, and a teacher at Metro State University.  He believes there is a need for storytellers to tell a "different kind" of ghost story … "one with an appreciation for subtle menace and the unspoken that scares by analogy and implication."  He will be giving a workshop at the Festival on Friday (1:15pm) titled, "Is the Ghost Story Dead?"

This concert will whet your appetite for more stories. Luckily for you, the Texas Storytelling Festival is all weekend long (March 10-13th). You can attend storytelling workshops, if you would like to try your hand at telling. Or, you can just revel in tales from featured tellers Rev. Robert Jones, Minton Sparks, Antonio Sacre, and Eldrena Douma, as well more than 50 other fine storytellers from around the state and the nation. Find out more at