The Hippo


Nov 19, 2019








The Northeastern Ballet Theatre performs Dracula this Halloween season. Courtesy photo.

Hair-raising reads

Seacoast author Jeremy Robinson has recently translated part of his scary novel, Project Nemesis, about what happens when a murdered girl’s DNA is mixed with that of Nemesis, the ancient Greek goddess of vengeance, into a comic book. In this story, Nemesis terrorizes the New England coast. The book has been broken into a six-part comic book series and features artwork by by Godzilla and Transformers artist Matt Frank. The first title hit shelves Oct. 7.
“I was a fan of Matt Frank’s work since he started illustrating Godzilla comics. I contacted him while I was still writing the first Nemesis novel, Project Nemesis, and asked if he would like to design the monster. He did an amazing job and has since designed the monsters in all four Nemesis novels,” Robinson said via email. “When the comic book offer came, Matt was already on board.”
Robinson said it was a challenge translating the book to comics, but that Frank’s pictures replaced a lot of the action scenes, making it more concise. They’re currently working on the comic script for Robinson’s other novel, Island 731. The books (and comic book) are available in bookstores and online. Visit
Local bookstores and event halls are hosting local author events with featured books that are spooky, fantastical and skin-crawling. Richard Carey talks about his most recent book, In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., at Water Street Bookstore (125 Water St., Exeter,, which is about the real-life 1997 Colebrook, New Hampshire, shootings. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., Gregory Maguire visits The Music Hall Loft (131 Congress St., Portsmouth) to talk about his book, After Alice, which is a new magical twist on the Lewis Carroll children’s book (tickets $41, includes book; call 436-2400 or visit Maguire is also the author of the book Wicked, which was turned into the hit Broadway musical. And, last but not least, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff also visits the Music Hall — its historic theater this time, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth — to talk about her nonfiction take on the Salem witch trials, The Witches, on  Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets $13.75, requires book voucher; see story on page 61). — Kelly Sennott 

See a scary show

By Kelly Sennott

 The New Hampshire Philharmonic holds its first fall Halloween concert at its new home, the Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m.  The program, the Phil’s music director, Mark Latham, said via phone, consists of classically symphonic music that has Halloween elements, like “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod, which was the theme for the 1950s and 1960s TV program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and music from The Nightmare Before Christmas by Danny Elfman. Other pieces include Bach’s “Prelude in D Minor,” “March to the Scaffold” by Berlioz and music from Fantasia and Pirates of the Caribbean. The concert, Latham said, will be family-friendly; he plans on dressing in costume, and he thinks the rest of the orchestra will, too. Tickets are $12 to $50, $10 for students. Visit

Theatre KAPOW brings back its New Hampshire Award-winning three-man Shakespeare show from 2014, Macbeth, twice this October due to popular demand. The production, starring Wayne Asbury, Peter Josephson and Carey Cahoon, is minimal to say the least; all actors wear black and play multiple roles, and the only props are translucent scarlet scarves. Their first performances are Halloween weekend, on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m., at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth). Tickets are $15 to $25; visit They have another performance Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m., at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, Cost is $25 for rear orchestra, $35 for front. Visit
If Shakespeare and Bach aren’t your tastes, you have a few other choices for spooky theater this holiday. The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester,, 668-5588, $25-$45) produces The Addams Family Oct. 23 through Nov.  14 (see story on page 26), and the Northeastern Ballet Theatre gets bloody with a ballet, Dracula, at Oyster River High School (55 Coe Drive, Durham, 834-8834,, 834-8834) on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., at which audience members are welcome to come dressed in spooky costumes; tickets are $20. If a murder mystery’s more your thing, Get-A-Clue productions performs The Secret of Cell Block Seven at the Castle in the Clouds, Route 171, 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough. The first two shows are sold out, but as of press time, there are some available for the one Sunday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $55 and include dinner. Visit 

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