Local horror story author Mark Thornton will be at the Dimmick Library Friends House on Saturday, April 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. He will talk about and sign copies of his new book Twisted Tales of an Otherwise Ordinary Mind. The book is a collection of short horror stories that have been compared to both Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Thornton's other books are The Boathouse of Bartholomew Biggs and With Only Seconds to Scare.

Thornton resides in the Pocono Mountains. He is currently working on volume two of the trilogy of Twisted Tales (to be released in July), as well as his first young adult novel. Thornton is a graduate of Meyers High School and attended Shippensburg University.

All of Thornton's books are available on Amazon and Twisted Tales is also available on Kindle and at Barnes and Noble.

The Dimmick Library Friends House is located at 58 Broadway in downtown Jim Thorpe, two doors up from the Dimmick Library. For more information call (570) 325-2131.

Thornton's visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library.


The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Memorial Hall on Wednesday, April 18, from 1-6 p.m. Donors must be 17 years of age and older.

Community dinner

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe, will host its monthly free community dinner on Sunday, April 22, from 4-6 p.m. The menu this month is barbecue chicken.