MIDTOWN — The horror!
New Yorkers looking for a fright can skip the haunted house and head straight for the New York Public Library's Fifth Avenue branch Monday night, which is scheduled to host a "Scary Stories" reading for grown-ups starting at 7 p.m.
The night's selections will include "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson's classic tale of one small town's annual tradition, and "The Boogeyman," a story of a monster and a father by Stephen King.
The program is free and open to the public. "Scary Stories" will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m., and Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., with readings of an excerpt from Roald Dahl's "The Witches."