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Winter is coming. And going. But this show? It’s lit.

Join us as we partner with the Horror Writers Association and StokerCon 2017 to bring you this very special Shades & Shadows reading.

StokerCon 2017 takes place April 27th – 30th aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. It is a celebration of the horror genre with tons of panels, presentations, and classes from some of the world’s leading experts in the field.

Shades & Shadows takes place on Friday, April 28th from 6pm – 8pm in the Queen’s Salon.

The lineup is a mix of StokerCon Guests of Honor and Stoker Award Nominees.

George R.R. Martin
Tananarive Due
Elizabeth Hand
Chuck Wendig
Barbara Barnett
Stephen Graham Jones

We know. WE KNOW!

As (almost) always, your hosts will be Xach Fromson and Lauren Candia.

Purchasing a weekend pass for StokerCon 2017 will get you in for free.

Can’t commit to a full weekend of horror programming with the industry’s best and brightest stars?

We got you.

We’re releasing a limited number of seats for folks who want to attend just the reading.

Tickets are $30.

Shades & Shadows members get $10 off the ticket price. Not a member yet? Become one today to take full advantage of this special perk.

Winter came and went, but we all know there’s more than one way to get the chills. Join us and the Queen Mary ghosts at StokerCon 2017!


Let us know you’re coming! RSVP on Facebook HERE.


March 2017 Show!

Springtime is around the corner, but it’s not here yet. And while Los Angeles may not feel the icy grasp of winter, you can still get shivers down your spine when you come to our 20th show!

Reading is dangerous. Readers are dangerous too. Join us, and find out why.

AND! Now you can buy a Season Pass! For $90 you’ll get
-Access to all remaining 2017 shows
-Priority seating
-Two guest passes for 2017
-Access to members-only events and perks
-The undying/undead gratitude of two big nerds
-And more!
The Season Pass option will be available via Brown Paper Tickets once online ticketing goes live, and will be up on our website very soon! Only 40 memberships will be available, and once they’re gone, they’re gone until next year.



Michelle Tea is the author of ten books, most recently Black Wave. Said The New Yorker, ‘Events, though outlandish, are narrated with total conviction, and powerfully express the intensity both of attaining sobriety and of the writing process.’ A literary organizer, Michelle has created many long-running literary projects, most recently Drag Queen Story Hour here in Los Angeles. She is the founding editor of Amethyst Editions, a publishing imprint of The Feminist Press.



Jennifer Brody is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, and a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors, and she lives and writes in LA. After studying film at Harvard University, she began her career in Hollywood. Highlights include working for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on “The Lord of the Rings” films and “The Golden Compass.” In 2008, she produced the film “Make It Happen” for The Weinstein Company. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

Mike Robinson has been writing since age 7, when his story “Aliens In My Backyard!” became a runaway bestseller, topping international charts (or maybe that was also just a product of his imagination). He has since published fiction in a dozen magazines, literary anthologies and podcasts. His debut novel, Skunk Ape Semester, released by Solstice Publishing, was a Finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Currently he’s the managing editor of Literary Landscapes, the official magazine of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society. His supernatural novels The Green-Eyed Monster, Negative Space (both part of The Enigma of Twilight Falls trilogy), The Prince of Earth, and Too Much Dark Matter, Too Little Gray: A Collection of Weird Fiction are all available. He also co-authored Hurakan’s Chalice, the third installment of Aiden James’ bestselling “Talisman Chronicles” series. His most recent book is The Atheist, about a celebrity secular pundit who undergoes a near-death experience. You can find him on Amazon, Facebook, and at his website,

Forrest Leo was born in a log cabin in 1990.  He grew up in Alaska, and holds a BFA in drama from NYU/Tisch.  While living in New York, he worked as a carpenter, a photographer, and in a cubicle.   He now lives in LA, where he worked at Walgreens for a day.  He writes novels, plays, and screenplays.  His debut novel, The Gentleman, was published by Penguin Press in 2016.


David G. Boyd is co-editor of Inventory, a translation journal from Princeton University. He has translated stories by Toh EnJoe, Genichiro Takahashi and Hyakken Uchida. His work has appeared in Monkey Business, Words Without Borders and Granta. David’s translation of Slow Boat, a novel by Hideo Furukawa, will be out this June from Pushkin Press.

and co-host Lauren Candia has been blinding Los Angeles and the Inland Empire with library science for over a decade.  When not planning literary events, she writes creepy stories and is currently working on her first YA novel. Her work can be found in the East Jasmine Review and the Los Angeles Times. Her science fiction short story, “Miracles in Wastelands”, appeared on display at the dA Center for the Arts as part of The Art In/Of Diversity collaborative project.  She will be your BFF on Facebook and Twitter (@ParanormaLauren).  All you have to do is ask.  You may wish to catch her on Instagram as well if you don’t mind being inundated with pictures of her adorable dog and the man who gives her a reason to smile every day.

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$10 online (coming soon) or at the door (if there are any tickets left–we’ve sold out the past three shows!).

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January 2017 Show!

For the first three years of our existence, we were part of the rising tide of multiculturalism, of nonbinary inclusion, of acceptance, and of pride in breaking down barriers between readers and authors who might not look/sound/think alike.

Nothing has changed, and yet everything has changed.

We are now part of the #Resistance. We remain committed to these goals. Bringing authors together who can shine a spotlight on minority voices in genre fiction, who can entice our fans and our readers to reach beyond the shelves full of names they’re accustomed to seeing.

We want to, in a very literal sense, help change the narrative. And our author lineup for this show is exemplary of exactly that.


Martin PoussonMartin Pousson was born and raised in Acadiana, the Cajun French bayou land of Louisiana. His new novel, Black Sheep Boy, includes stories that won a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Two of his stories were finalists for the Glimmer Train Fiction Awards. His collection of poetry, Sugar, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and his first novel, No Place, Louisiana, was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, Antioch Review, Epoch, Five Points, New Orleans Review, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Loyola University, New Orleans, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Columbia University, New York. As a student, he founded Out/Here, marched with NO/AIDS Task Force, and protested with ACT UP and Queer Nation. Then he taught at Columbia University, Rutgers University, and Loyola University. As a professor, he advised LGBTQA, Queer Ambassadors, Queer People of Color Collective, and the Pride Center Coalition. He now teaches at California State University Northridge and lives in downtown Los Angeles.

Maria Alexander is a produced screenwriter, games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, interactive theatre designer, prolific fiction writer and poet. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Chiaroscuro Magazine, and Paradox, as well as in acclaimed anthologies alongside legends such as David Morrell and Heather Graham. Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. When she’s not wielding a katana at her local Shinkendo dojo, she’s being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats, a Jewish Christmas caroler, and a purse called Trog. You can find her online at

Seanan McGuire

Cody Goodfellow has written five novels, and co-wrote three more with New York Times bestselling author John Skipp. His first two collections, Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars and All-Monster Action, each received the Wonderland Book Award. He wrote, co-produced and scored the short Lovecraftian hygiene film Stay At Home Dad, which can be viewed on YouTube. He is also a director of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival-San Pedro, and cofounder of Perilous Press, an occasional micropublisher of modern cosmic horror. He lives in Burbank, California, and is currently working on building a perfect bowling team.

Lisa MortonLisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, Bram Stoker Award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” She has published four novels, over a hundred short stories, and three books on the history of Halloween. Her most recent releases include Ghosts: A Haunted History and Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton. She lives in the San Fernando Valley, and can be found online at



John Palisano

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September 2016 Show!

It’s Shades & Shadows’ third anniversary party!

If you’ve been to our previous September shows, you know that can only mean two things: An amazing lineup of authors to knock your socks off, and cake. Last year’s anniversary show kicked off our third year, which saw us launch our podcast, begin author interviews, and bring some of the best award winning authors to our stage. Come celebrate with us as we start Year Four of our journey, and we might give you some hints about what we’ll be up to in our next year.


Laura Lee Bahr

Laura Lee Bahr is a multi-award winning writer, performer and director. She is the author of two novels Haunt (winner of the Wonderland Book Award), translated into Spanish under the title Fantasma (Orciny Press, which has been nominated for two ‘best translated novel’, the Kelvin award and the Ignotus award) and her recent book (released April, 2016) Long-Form Religious Porn.  Laura also has been a screenwriter for various award-winning films. This year Laura’s debut feature as writer/director, Boned, won “Best Micro-Budget Feature” at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and is currently distributed through Gravitas (available everywhere).  Her latest book, a collection called Angel Meat, will be published in 2017 by Fungasm Press.

You can follow her on social media and at


sb divyaS.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. When she isn’t designing high speed communications systems, raising her daughter, scratching the cats, or enjoying dinner with her husband, she writes. In her past, she’s used a telescope to find Orion’s nebula, scuba dived with manta rays, and climbed to the top of a thousand year old stupa. She holds degrees in Computational Neuroscience and Signal Processing, and she is currently Assistant Editor for Escape Pod. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, including Lightspeed and Daily Science Fiction, and her writing appears in the indie game Rogue Wizards. Her near future science-fiction novella, Runtime, was released by Publications in May, 2016. You can find more online at or on Twitter as @divyastweets.



carmen lauCarmen Lau is the author of The Girl Wakes (Alternating Current, 2016), a collection of short stories and novellas. She received her MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis and currently resides in Atascadero, where she is training to become a psychiatric technician. She occasionally blogs at and Tweets @artemisathene.



Michael Marshall SmithMichael Marshall Smith is a novelist and screenwriter. Under this name he has published over eighty short stories, and four novels — Only Forward, Spares, One of Us and The Servants — winning the Philip K. Dick, International Horror Guild, and August Derleth awards, along with the Prix Bob Morane in France. He has won the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction four times, more than any other author.

Writing as MICHAEL MARSHALL he has published seven internationally-bestselling thrillers including The Straw Men series, The Intruders — recently a BBC series starring John Simm and Mira Sorvino — and Killer Move. His most recent novel is We Are Here.

He lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife, son, and two cats. You can find him online at and @ememess.


geneGene O’Neill has seen over 150 of his stories and novellas published, several reprinted in France, Spain, and Russia. Some of these stories have been collected in GHOST SPIRITS, COMPUTERS & WORLD MACHINES, THE GRAND STRUGGLE, IN DARK CORNERS, DANCE OF THE BLUE LADY, and THE HITCHHIKING EFFECT. He has seen five novels published. Gene has been a Stoker finalist eleven times. In 2010 TASTE OF TENDERLOIN won the haunted house for collection; in 2012 THE BLUE HERON won for Long Fiction. Upcoming in 2016 are the four TPBs in the CAL WILD CHRONICLES from Written Backwords Press and a collection from Ominum Gatherum, LETHAL BIRDS. A novella collaboration with Chris Marrs, ENTANGLED SOUL has been accepted by Thunderstorm for an October release. A novel, The White Plague, is at an interested publisher.


Brian EvensonBrian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and the novel Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel of 2009). His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann’s Tongue. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, Manuela Draeger, David B., and others. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship.His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian.



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Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Show at 8:00 p.m.

at The Mystic Museum
3204 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

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Tickets may be available at the door, if we have any left.

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(Also, anybody who says/posts “the cake is a lie” is barred from entry and we won’t refund your ticket.)

It’s summer. Everything is on fire, melting, or exploding. Everybody is one power outage away from convincing themselves we’ve entered the world of Mad Max.
Which, hey, isn’t far off from what we’re offering. Leave reality behind for a while. Come see what we have on tap as we bring in our mix of award winning authors and emerging voices in the literary scene! It’s a genre experience like no other!

Paul Tremblay ap1Paul Tremblay is the author of DISAPPEARANCE AT DEVIL’S ROCK and the award-winning A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS, both published by William Morrow. His other novels include THE LITTLE SLEEP, NO SLEEP TILL WONDERLAND, and the YA novel FLOATING BOY AND THE GIRL WHO COULDN’T FLY (co-written with Stephen Graham Jones).

He is the author of the short story collections COMPOSITIONS FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD and IN THE MEAN TIME. His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and numerous year’s best anthologies. He is the co-editor of four anthologies and is a member of the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards. He lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts, has a master’s degree in Mathematics, has no uvula, and once drove around the town of Burlington with Glen Hirshberg in his trunk. True story. You can find him online at


Stephen Graham Jones is the author of sixteen novels, six story collections, and more than 250 stories. His current book is the werewolf novel Mongrels (William Morrow). Stephen’s been the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for Fiction, the Independent Publishers Awards for Multicultural Fiction, three This is Horror awards, and he’s made Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Novels of the Year. Stephen teaches in the MFA programs at University of Colorado at Boulder and University of California Riverside-Palm Desert. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, two children, and too many old trucks. @SGJ72 /




vestaVesta Vaingloria is a Los Angeles native whose writing work concerns the subjects of gender, sexuality, aesthetics, deviance, and the confusing condition of being a human person. She earned her MFA in writing from CalArts in 2014, and shortly thereafter, founded Wilde Words, a monthly Oscar Wilde themed reading series. Her work has been published in literary journals Writing for a Real World, The Truth About the Fact, and Next Words Anthology, as well as by Which Witch Press and The Poetry Society of New York. She is also a performance artist and member of the New York based Poetry Brothel, with whom she has just performed for four days and nights at the Electric Forest festival in Michigan.



David D. Levine is the author of novel Arabella of Mars(Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’sAnalogF&, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic. You can find him on Twitter as @daviddlevine and his website is



20140527-GlenLastBookstore-014Glen Hirshberg: Good Girls, the sequel to Glen Hirshberg’s 2012 novel, Motherless Child, has just been published by Tor. Glen is also the author of two previous novels (The Snowman’s Children and The Book of Bunk) and three story collections (The Two Sams, American Morons, and The Janus Tree). He is a three-time International Horror Guild Award winner, five-time World Fantasy Award finalist, and has also won the Shirley Jackson Award. Glen writes, teaches, and lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, son, daughter, and cats. Visit him online at, and follow him on Twitter (@GlenHirshberg).



Sara Gran is the author of five novels.





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May 21st, 2016 Show!

The puppets lie dormant, strings loose and untethered to a puppeteer. But there is life in these walls. Strange things, bizarre things, fantastic things are lying in wait for you.

Come join us on Saturday, May 21st, 2016, and find out what we’ve been working on in our secret lair.


chris farnsworth


Christopher Farnsworth is the author of five novels, including BLOOD OATH, THE ETERNAL WORLD, and coming August 9, KILLFILE. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Awl, The New York Post, and The New Republic. His novels have been translated into nine languages and published in over a dozen territories, and optioned for film and TV.



Lauren official bio photoLauren Miller wrote her debut, PARALLEL while on maternity leave from her law firm job and blogged about it, an experiment she called “embracing the detour” (also the name of her blog). Many people told her she was crazy. When she realized they were right, she told no one and kept writing. Her second novel, FREE TO FALL, was nominated for YALSA’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults reading list and is currently being developed into a digital series by StyleHaul.

Raised in Atlanta and a Southern girl at heart, Lauren now lives in Culver City with her husband and two kids.  When she’s not writing books (or reading them at public events), she works in business affairs at Studio 8, a film and TV company.



SP-HendrickS. P. Hendrick is the author of two acclaimed fantasy series, The Glastonbury Chronicles and Tales Of The Dearg-Sidhe which so far have nine books in publication and more in preparation. A third companion series to those two, The Glastonbury Archives in the works, along with a deck of Tarot cards and accompanying book based on Celtic mythology, British folklore, and the worlds and characters she has created. Her latest novel is a stand-alone called Raven’s Daughter.

She lives in the San Fernando Valley with her husband Jay T. Mayer, entirely too many cats, and thirty-two overflowing bookcases. She can be found on her Amazon author’s page, and on Facebook.


mercedes yardley


Mercedes Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of Pretty Little Dead Girls, the BONE ANGEL trilogy, and just won the 2015 Bram Stoker Award for her novelette Little Dead Red. Mercedes lives in Sin City and can be found at





John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling novelist and editor turned filmmaker. His books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide, pioneering the hardcore horror “splatterpunk” craze, and launching modern zombie fiction with 1989’s BOOK OF THE DEAD. His feature directing credits (with Andrew Kasch) include the anthology films TALES OF HALLOWEEN and MONSTERLAND. He’s also editor of the genre-mutating Fungasm Press.


Adrian MendozaAdrian Mendoza is a credentialed social science teacher, graduate student, and indie author. He was raised Chicano in Barrio Logan, San Diego and now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and children. His novel, The Kaleidoscope, was recently featured as a homework assignment for the largest hacker convention in the world – DEFCON 24. The same title has been recognized for its dedication to diversity, socio-political outlook, and technological vision by, “That’s What She Said” Magazine of Bristol University, fellow authors and members at IACP Co-Opress, and a growing fan-base of artists and readers alike.

For more information, please visit:



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Los Angeles, California 90026


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It’s an even bet whether the weather will treat us to a downpour or a Saharan dry spell, but whether the weather is cold, or whether the weather is hot, let’s get together–whatever the weather–to hear fiction of monsters and rot!

Join us once again as we present six amazing authors, reading live from their own works of science fiction, fantasy, horror, noir, and beyond! Shades & Shadows Reading Series is proud as hell to announce our 15th lineup, featuring some of the greatest talents the L.A. literary scene has to offer. We are pleased to bring you:


Ben Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Fairy Tale Review, Tin House, and Weekly Reader’s READ Magazine, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. He lives in Los Angeles and is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Steph Cha is the author of “Follow Her Home,” “Beware Beware,” and “Dead Soon Enough,” all published by St.Martin’s Minotaur. She’s the noir editor for the L.A. Review of Books and a regular contributor to the L.A. Times. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and basset hound.

Jim Ruland is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the author of the novel Forest of Fortune, the short story collection Big Lonesome and co-author with Scott Campbell, Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch of Giving the Finger. He is currently collaborating with Keith Morris on his memoir My Damage about his life with Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF! which will be published by Da Capo later this year. Jim lives in Southern California where he runs the reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its twelfth year.

Amelia Gray is the author of four books: AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, THREATS, and Gutshot. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.

Carlos Allende is the author of Love, or the Witches of Windward Circle, a horror farce set in Venice, California, throughout the first half of the 20th Century. He was born in Mexico City in 1974, but can pull off 1985 under the proper light. He has three elder sisters, none of whom practices magic. Since he was a kid, he knew he liked boys and that he wanted to be a writer. However, he was too much of a coward to study writing: his BA is in Economics and he has a Master’s in Global Management. He makes a living taking care of the finances for a vacation rental company in Venice, and is currently enrolled in a Master in Media Psychology. He lives in Santa Monica with his husband. Currently, he’s working on Coffe, Shopping, Murder, Love, an epistolary novel about coffee, shopping, incidental murder, and love.

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All the Birds in the Sky, the L.A. Times-bestselling novel about a mad scientist and a witch who
grow up together and maybe find love. Her story “Six Months, Three Days” won a 2012 Hugo Award. She edits the science fiction blog and organizes the popular Writers With Drinks reading series.

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Autumn is over. The holidays are a foggy, eggnog-flavored memory that smells vaguely of overripe family and stale cheer. We find ourselves standing now in the dead of winter. Waterlogged trees scrape at the sky with leafless branches, our concrete channel of a river is swollen to bursting from the storms, ferrying detritus of civilization to unknown destinations and doom. Soulless chain stores waft chemical analogs of peppermint at us from every product on every shelf.

It’s the perfect weather to come join us for some creepy stories, wouldn’t you agree?

Fortunately, we have just the lineup in store for you! Come join us as we ring in 2016 with an exquisite offering from astounding authors! Featuring the talents of:

ELISE FORIER EDIE worked as a playwright for many years, before turning to writing speculative fiction. Her most recent publications include short stories, “You-Go-Back” in Strange Tales V (Tartarus Press), and “Leonora” in Chilling Horror Short Stories (Flame Tree Publications). She is also the author of a paranormal romance novella, The Devil in Midwinter, which was released in 2014 by World Weaver Press. Elise is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, Los Angeles (HWA) and the Authors Guild and a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. She currently heads up the Theater Arts program at West Los Angeles College, where she teaches playwriting.


DAVID GERROLD is the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. He is a classic sci-fi writer who will go down in history as having created some of the most popular and redefining scripts, books, and short stories in the genre.


JOSHUA SCHER has written for the stage and screen since 2006. He holds a BA with Honors in Creative Writing from Brown University and an MFA in playwriting from Yale University. His play, The Footage, has been produced from NYC to Australia and its cinematic adaptation was developed by Pressman Film. Scher’s television pilot, JiGsAw, was developed by Danny Glover with Louveture Films and his film, I’m Ok, starring Dot-Marie Jones, is in post-production, set for a 2016 festival run. His first novel, Here & There, launched in November. io9 says, ““For people who do take the plunge, an incredible payoff awaits…Anyone interested in quantum physics, data encryption, and advanced computing will relish Here and There’s deep meditations on these topics.”


SHERRI L. SMITH is the award-winning author of YA novels LUCY THE GIANT, SPARROW, HOT SOUR SALTY SWEET, FLYGIRL and ORLEANS. In October 2015, she makes her middle grade debut with THE TOYMAKER’S APPRENTICE from G.P. Putnam and Sons for Penguin Random House.

Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association Best Books for Young People, and Junior Library Guild Selections. FLYGIRL was the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist.
She loves her family, travel, chocolate chip cookies, reading, and and a really good cup of tea.


XACH FROMSON is a Los Angeles native who has been obsessed with horror and dark fiction from a very young age. He received his BA in Creative Writing from California State University Northridge in 2009. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside’s Palm Desert program. He appeared on stage at Dirty Laundry Lit in February 2013 and has a short story in the 2014 anthology, Halloween Tales. He is currently in various stages of working on a ton of projects. He is co-founder and co-host of Shades & Shadows…and once, he slew a dragon.


STEPHANIE DIAZ  Twenty-three-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel at age nine. Ten years later, she landed a publishing deal for a YA science fiction series, Extraction, while studying filmmaking at San Diego State University. She has since written the two sequels, Rebellion and Evolution. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows. Visit her online at and follow her on twitter @StephanieEDiaz.


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It’s almost Thanksgiving, but before we enter the holiday season in earnest, we have one more treat for you in 2015. The fare we serve will not be fowl, but a much more disturbing meal. Come with us and see what dark imaginings our authors dish out.

Stephen Jay Schwartz – Los Angeles Times Bestselling Author Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for Wolfgang Petersen where he worked to develop screenplays for production.
His two novels, Boulevard and Beat, follow the journey of sex-addicted LAPD detective Hayden Glass.
Stephen was a judge for the 2012 Edgar and ITW Awards, and is currently judging the mystery-thriller section for the Los Angeles Book Prize. His work will be included in a short story collection with T.C. Boyle, to be published by Red Hen Press in 2016.
Chrome Oxide – A few years ago, because of inadequate discouragement, Chrome Oxide started writing twisted science fiction and fantasy short stories. Since he started writing he has been torturing the Orange County Science Fiction Writers Orbit by learning two bad habits for every one he fixed. He has contributed a short piece to each of their annual chapbooks since 2012. He even managed to get a short story published in volume 29 of the Writers of the Future. He so enjoys writing that even when he is recording bands in clubs he can be found with a microphone in one hand and a manuscript to be edited in the other. Because one of his first submitted stories was accepted, he has been collecting rejection slips to make up for that. Details of his career, such as it is, can be found at his author site,
Romina Russell

Taylor Grant is a Bram Stoker Award-nominated author, professional screenwriter and award-winning filmmaker. His short films, Sticks and Stones and The Vanished, both premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. His work has been seen on network television, the big screen, the stage, the Web, as well as in comic books, newspapers, national magazines, anthologies, and heard on the radio.

Several of Grant’s screenplays have sold or been optioned by major Hollywood film studios such as Imagine Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Lions Gate Films. His fiction has appeared in two Bram Stoker Award nominated anthologies, and his collection The Dark at the End of the Tunnel, was just released by legendary publisher Cemetery Dance Publications.
He is currently working with a successful video game company to bring one of his stories to life as an exciting RPG game. Find out more about him at
Maureen McHugh
Scott Tomasheski is a Los-Angeles based novelist, who recently released FORTRESS OF THE DEMON: a TIME DEFENDERS action, his first full-length novel. He has finished an anthology of short novels, to be published in February, and expects to complete another novel, WAR OF THE WILD WEST, next year. He believes that time travel is a physical impossibility but it sure is fun to read & write about! Read more at

Hosted by Lauren Candia!

$10 online (link coming soon) or at the door.

Book sales by Skylight Books.

Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Show at 8:00 p.m.

Mimoda Studio
5774 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

RSVP on Facebook HERE. Buy your tickets online HERE.

SF Lit Crawl 2015!

Shades & Shadows is thrilled to invite you to our second appearance at San Fransisco’s famous Lit Crawl! And this year, we’re proud to announce Shades & Shadows: The Girls Gone Sci-Fi Edition.

We’re partnering with Girls Gone Sci-Fi ( to bring you readings that explore new worlds and technologies as imagined by some of the nation’s top YA Science Fiction authors.

Jessica Brody is the author of more than eight novels for teens and adults. Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as a major motion pictures.

Karen Sandler is the author of YA science fiction trilogy TANKBORN, AWAKENING, and REBELLION. She is also a founding member of We Need Diverse Books.

Sherri L. Smith writes books that rock—including the award-winning YA novels Flygirl, Orleans and her newest adventure, The Toymaker’s Apprentice. Learn more at

Lauren Miller is the author of Parallel and Free to Fall. You can find out more about her current projects at

Hosted by Lauren Candia!

Exact location TBA, but we’ll announce it soon! It will begin promptly at 7:15 p.m. however. That much we already know.

And the best part? It’s FREE!!! Go to for all the details on this year’s event. We can’t wait to see you there!

RSVP on Facebook HERE.