“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might.” –Erin Morgenstern

Stories from the Dark Side was created as a way for people to come together and talk about subjects and/or experiences that are uncouth or culturally looked down upon. This sort of storytelling allows others to acknowledge their own hidden experiences without judgment. Telling true stories about difficult or rebellious things fosters empathy between the storyteller and listener. Storytelling sheds light on the truth that none of us are alone in our humanity.

Each event consists of eight storytellers who are given a prompt only hours before the event, giving them little time to prepare. The only parameter is the story must be true and focus on a gritty, uncomfortable, or secret side of the storyteller’s personal experience (aka: dark side).

The Details

Who: Human Beings 21+

What: Live storytelling about the shadow side of human experience

When: No events scheduled at this time

Where: Salem, Oregon

Doors Open: 6:45 pm

Show Starts: 7:15 pm

Cost: $10 advance | $15 at the door

Previous Shows & Themes

April 24, 2014 :: Falling Apart

May 29, 2014 :: Gone for Good

June 26, 2014 :: Lost & Alone

December 4, 2014 :: Happiest Time of the Year


Many storytellers who get on stage at these events have expressed a deep feeling of catharsis after telling their stories. Audience members have expressed an equal feeling of healing through the processing of listening and witnessing others.

Here are some of the stories bravely told in April, May & June 2014 at our Stories from the Dark Side events in Salem, Oregon…

Rob the Bartender | Falling Apart | April 2014

Jessica Amos | Falling Apart | April 2014

Doug Hoffman | Falling Apart | April 2014

Dixie Licorice | Gone For Good | May 2014

Adam Gallardo | Gone For Good | May 2014

Meghan Donahue | Gone For Good | May 2014

Jared Richard | Gone For Good | May 2014

Danielle Baca | Gone For Good | May 2014

Brian Hines | Gone For Good | May 2014

Rob the Bartender | Gone For Good | May 2014

Melanie Zermer | Lost & Alone | June 2014

Tammy McCammon | Lost & Alone | June 2014

Liam Riddell | Lost & Alone | June 2014

Naseem Rakha | Lost & Alone | June 2014

Lisa Godwin | Lost & Alone | June 2014

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of the light.” –Brené Brown