Scary stories for adults at the Old Stone House

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For those looking for a way to cool down this summer, “Nocturnes” is sure to give you the chills.

John Connolly’s collection of supernatural stories makes its world debut on July 8 at the Old Stone House in Park Slope.

The Piper Theatre production, directed by Scottish talent Nigel Williams, brings to life Connolly’s witches, demons and other fantastic creatures in a new play inspired by the mystery writer’s otherworldly works.

In one tale, “The Erlking,” there’s a creature that comes from the forest and steals children. In “Deep Dark Green,” a young couple goes swimming in a lake, unaware of the witch who lives beneath the surface.

“They’re good, classic, scary kind of stories about love and loss and things we all feared as children,” said Old Stone House director Kim Maier.

Theater-goers are invited to bring blankets and picnic on the lawn inside Washington Park. With the sun setting as the play begins, that should allow for some interesting lighting effects.

“ ‘Nocturnes’ is going to focus on really interesting lighting because of the supernatural nature of the stories,” said Maier. “We’re looking for a slightly chilling experience.”

Better bring that blanket.

“Nocturnes” at Old Stone House [Fifth Avenue at Third Street in Park Slope, (718) 768-3195], July 8–9, 16 and 21–22 at 8:30 pm. Free. For info, visit

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