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Holy crap, it’s been FIVE YEARS?! It feels like we just started. And in a way, we have. 2018 brought new challenges and new changes to Shades & Shadows, and this event is going to cap off our main Los Angeles events for the year. So we’re going to close out with a BIG BANG. Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning, or this is your very first time coming to one of our events, you’ll be in for a spectacular treat as we give you a phenomenal lineup of authors.

And, if you’ve been to an anniversary show before, you know there is one other thing to expect: CAKE.

 

We’ve got more than just cake, though. This lineup is out of this world. No, really, not a single thing takes place in a world you’d recognize.

 

Bree Barton is a novelist, ghostwriter, and dance teacher in Los Angeles. Heart of Thorns is her debut YA trilogy.


Maura Milan is a short, Filipino girl from Chicago, IL. Now, she resides in Los Angeles, where she can be found in cafes all throughout Koreatown, drinking green tea lattes and writing and writing and writing. In her free time, Maura enjoys watching Korean soap operas and eating rice krispie treats.

Maura received a BA from USC’s School of Cinema-Television and has placed a number of short films in festivals all over the United States. Her most notable and favorite short film, “Crocodile,” is based on her days running around the Australian outback during her summer vacations visiting the Aussie side of her family.

To this day, Gilbert Blythe is her ultimate boy crush.


Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist and screenwriter who is the creator of the Lifewriting™ writing course, which he has taught nationwide. He recently won an NAACP Image Award as co-author of the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with actor Blair Underwood and his wife, Tananarive Due.

Nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards, writer of the Emmy-winning “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits, winner of the Endeavor and the NAACP Image Awards, NY Times Bestselling author, Steven has written comic books, animation, newspaper copy, magazine articles, television scripts and three million words of published fiction published in seven languages, making him one of the world’s most honored, diverse and popular writers.

Once a nationally ranked karate competitor, he now makes his home in Southern California with his wife, American Book Award winner Tananarive Due, and his son, Jason.


Maria Alexander is a produced screenwriter, games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, interactive theatre designer, prolific fiction writer and poet. Since 1999, her stories have appeared in acclaimed publications and anthologies.

Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Publisher’s Weekly called it, “(a) splendid, bittersweet ode to the ghosts of childhood,” while Library Journal hailed it in a Starred Review as “a horror novel to anticipate.” Her breakout YA novel, Snowed, was unleashed on November 2, 2016, by Raw Dog Screaming Press. It won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel and was nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel. She’s represented by Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.

When she’s not stabbing someone with a foil or cutting targets with a katana, 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.


Jeff Sweat has made a living from words his entire career, starting out as an award-winning tech journalist for InformationWeek magazine and moving into marketing.

He led the content marketing team for Yahoo and pioneered its use of social media. He directed PR for two of the top advertising agencies in the country, Deutsch LA and 72andSunny. He now runs his own Los Angeles–based PR and marketing agency, Mister Sweat.

He grew up in Idaho as the middle of eight children—seven boys and one girl—and attended Columbia University in New York. Jeff lives in a big blue house in Los Angeles with his wife Sunny and their three kids, two cats, and a racing greyhound.

He loves to travel and writes everywhere he goes, even when there’s not a desk. He likes karaoke, motorcycles and carpentry. He was once shot in the head with a nail gun, which was not a big of a deal as it sounds. But it still hurt like crazy.


Doors open at 8 p.m.

3204 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
$10 tickets available at the door and online.

We’re celebrating LATFOB (that’s the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for those of you who aren’t familiar with the acronym) by bringing together some truly exceptional authors to discuss the changing role genre fiction plays in an increasingly polarized world. And we’re doing it at The Last Bookstore. We’ll get things rolling at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st!

Stories set in alternative realities, whether it’s the future, a mythical past, an alternate present, or something else, have always offered a commentary on society. When that society becomes more oppressive, those stories take on increased importance and significance.
 
Join Shades & Shadows and a panel of extraordinary authors as we discuss how that role of social critic is changing or has changed in the post-fact, post-truth, fake news landscape of America.

Let us know you’re coming!

 


 

Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) and the author of Walkaway, a novel for adults, a YA graphic novel called In Real Life, the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free, and young adult novels like HomelandPirate Cinema, and Little Brother, and novels for adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate, is a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Open University and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

 


 

Gretchen McNeil is the author of several young adult horror/suspense novels for Balzer + Bray including Possess3:59RelicGet EvenGet Dirty, and the award-winning Ten which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and an ALA Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth. In 2016, Gretchen published her first YA comedy I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and her next novel will be the horror-comedy #murdertrending for Disney/Freeform, releasing August 7, 2018 with the sequel #murderfuning to follow in 2019.  Ten: Murder Island, the film adaptation of Ten starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning) and Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful) premiered on Lifetime in 2017.

 


 

Jennifer Brody is the award-winning author of the The 13th Continuum. Her book sold in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. The book is a Gold Medal Winner (Young Adult – Sci-Fi/Fantasy) from the Independent Publisher‘s Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Return of the Continuums and The United Continuums complete this epic trilogy. Translation rights to her books have sold in multiple territories, most notably Russia and China. Her short fiction appears in the From the Stars anthology and Common Deer Press Short Tails. She is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, and a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation She’s also a board member for the non-profit writing competitions the Roswell Award and the TomorrowPrize. After studying film at Harvard University, Jennifer began her career in Hollywood. Highlights include working for Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on The Lord of the Rings, The Golden Compass, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. She lives and writes in LA with her husband and one-eyed Goldendoodle named Commander Ryker.

 


 

 

Christina Cigala is a story teller based in Los Angeles. She writes and produces for MTV, Fox, 30 Seconds to Mars, Fox, Syfy, Spike, and Jared Leto. As a playwright and theater director, her work is widely produced in regional theaters, New York, and LA. She has an MFA in Playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School and a BA from Baylor University. Her first novel, XX v XY, was released by Simon & Schuster in Fall 2017.

 

 

Bobby Goldstein is the president of Bobby Goldstein Productions and the creator of Cheaters, one of the longest-running syndicated shows in history, now airing daily in 215 U. S. markets and in over 100 foreign countries. Goldstein has become recognized for his ability to spot cultural trends and capitalize on rebellious ideas.

 

 


 

CB Lee is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American writer whose novels include the Sidekick Squad series, a young adult science fiction adventure that follow queer teens who take on a corrupt government superhero agency, and also the fantasy Seven Tears At High Tide. Lee’s first novel in the Sidekick Squad series, Not Your Sidekick was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in YA/Children’s Fiction and a 2017 Bisexual Book Awards Finalist in Speculative Fiction. Seven Tears at High Tide was the recipient of a Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Fantasy Romance and also a finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in the YA and Speculative Fiction categories.

 

 


 

Michael Paul Gonzalez is the author of the novels Angel Falls and Miss Massacre’s Guide to Murder and Vengeance. His newest project is the serial horror audio drama Larkspur Underground, available for free on iTunes and Stitcher. A member of the Horror Writers Association, his short stories have appeared in print and online, including Great Jones Street, Lost Signals, Gothic Fantasy, The Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, HeavyMetal.com, and many more. You can visit him online at MichaelPaulGonzalez.com

 


 

Kate Maruyama’s novel Harrowgate was published in 2013 by 47North. Her short work has appeared in numerous journals in print and online and she has been anthologized in Winter Horror Days, Halloween Carnival and Phantasma: Stories. She teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles in the BA and MFA programs and for Writing Workshops LA as well as online with inspiration2publication.com. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her family.

 


 

Samuel Sattin is a novelist and comics creator. He is the writer of the forthcoming Glint trilogy and Bezkamp (2019), LegendThe Silent EndLeague of Somebodies, and Adventure Quest. His work has appeared or been featured in The NibThe AtlanticNerdist, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Paste Magazine, Salonio9, Kotaku, Vulture, Bleeding Cool, The Fiction Advocate, The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts and has a creative writing MFA from Mills College. He is the director of a toy company in Oakland, California, and teaches at the California College of the Arts.

 

 


 

The panel will be moderated by host and founder Xach Fromson.

 

Please note that The Last Bookstore has limited capacity (a mere 300!), so get here early.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase a copy of the author’s title from The Last Bookstore. Any outside books must be checked with security upon entering the store. This policy applies to all Last Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

Getting ever closer to the present. Now we’re in March of 2016. This episode features Steph Cha, Carlos Allende, and Ben Loory, and was recorded live at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

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It’s here! Our special event held on April 28th, 2017 at the Horror Writers Association’s Stoker Con! Featuring Barbara Barnett, Stephen Graham Jones, Tananarive Due, Elizabeth Hand, Chuck Wendig, and Jonathan Maberry! This episode is presented uncut and in its entirety. It being at a horror writers’ convention, there is some (lots of) adult language and content. Listen at your own peril.

 

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!
 
Featuring:

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 www.paultremblay.net.

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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 / demontheory.net

 

 

 


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.

 


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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&SFTor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic. You can find him on Twitter as @daviddlevine and his website is daviddlevine.com

 

 


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 www.glenhirshberg.com, and follow him on Twitter (@GlenHirshberg).

 

 


Sara Gran is the author of five novels.

 

 

 

 

Hosted by Xach Fromson and Lauren Candia!

 
Books will be sold on site courtesy of Skylight Books!
 
Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Readings begin at 8:00 p.m.
3204 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

 

As you no doubt noticed, our home page is a big ass plea for funding.

No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. This is real. The plea is real, and the benefits are real.

Shades & Shadows, Inc. is currently a Public Benefit Corporation, which means we have to demonstrate actions we have taken in the public good. With every show we put on, one of our aims is to help keep up the appeal of reading, namely by reminding people that reading can be fun, and can have monsters, aliens, murderers, spaceships, and everything else in our imaginations. But we want to take it one step further. We want Shades & Shadows to have nonprofit protections so that every single cent we put in gets turned back around as more cool stuff for you, and for people like you.

 

So, what do you get out of it? Well, for starters, a book! Donate in any amount of $10 or more, and we’ll send you something amazing: A portal into worlds you haven’t yet imagined, full of endless wonder. But past that, there are tons of things you could see once we have our nonprofit status. We could start doing shows at college campuses, or in partnership with other nonprofits. We could apply for grants that would let us bring out big name authors from across the globe to lend their support to a debuting author who would get a huge boost in visibility. We could have a presence at conventions, promoting the value of reading the books before they become movies or HBO series. The list goes on. All of it, every single bit, can only happen with your help.

 

So please, contribute out in any amount. Nothing goes unnoticed or unappreciated.

 

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April Fundraiser!

We’ve been quietly working on this for awhile, but we’re excited to announce that Shades & Shadows will be launching a new podcast beginning with our March 2015 show!

Making our shows available as a podcast means that you can enjoy discovering new authors, or hearing your favorite authors read, no matter where you are! Missed a show? Catch up on old episodes! Want to tell your friends about us? Now they can get a taste of what our live shows include by listening to our shows. Of course, nothing compares to being there in person, but not everyone lives in Los Angeles (despite what traffic here would make one think).

 

Stay tuned for more information on when episodes will be posted!

Winter may have forgotten to visit, but Shades & Shadows will be here. While our friends on the East Coast will still be digging themselves out of mile-deep snow banks, we’re bringing you a delightful mix of prose and poetry from six amazing authors who will give you the chills you so desperately longed for.

Come out and enjoy the only literary show in L.A. that brings together science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things weird! This month, we are featuring:

Leslie Ann Moore is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author and international speaker who serves as Vice President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, the largest writers’ group in Southern California. She recently appeared as a panelist at the 72nd Annual World Science Fiction Convention–home to the celebrated Hugo Awards– in London, U.K. In 2008, her debut fantasy novel Griffin’s Daughter won the prestigious IBPA Ben Franklin Award for Best First Fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Literary Landscapes, the official magazine of G.L.A.W.S, and have been produced on the ClonePod sci-fi/fantasy podcast. In 2011, her short story Invisible won Honorary Mention in the Writers of the Future contest. A practicing veterinarian since 1988, in her spare time, she studies the ancient and beautiful art of belly dance. www.leslieannmoore.com

Tiffany Tang is a writer, actor and sci-fi geek. While her academic and creative pursuits have found her in Massachusetts, England and New York City, she currently resides in her hometown of San Diego, California. She is a contributor to the San Diego Union-Tribune Arts Section and a writer for Intrepid Shakespeare Company. ‘Creepy Little Death Poems’ is her first book and promises to be the most uplifting.  www.tiffanyanntang.com.

Christopher Allan Poe is an author and touring musician from Los Angeles. He writes paranormal fiction with an emphasis on themes that shed light on social problems for women and children. A member of the International Thriller Writers and MWA, he travels the country speaking about the craft of writing to aspiring authors.

Tracy L. Carbone writes novels and short stories in the horror and suspense genres. To date, she has published five novels (including one co-written with F. Paul Wilson) and one collection of her dark stories and cautionary tales. Dozens of her other short stories have appeared in print in various anthologies and magazines throughout the U.S. and Canada. A lifelong New England resident, she has recently relocated to Southern California. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association. Her most recent novel, My Name is Marnie, a ghost mystery tale was released in late 2014. Please visit her website to keep up to date on her appearances and upcoming titles at www.tracylcarbone.com

Robert Payne Cabeen is a screenwriter, artist, and purveyor of narrative horror poetry. His latest book, Fearworms: Selected Poems, was published by Fanboy Comics and is a 2014 Bram Stoker Award nominee.  Cabeen’s 1994 illustrated horror book, Tainted Treats, also included some of his short fiction. His screenwriting credits include Heavy Metal 2000 for Columbia TriStar, Sony Pictures, A Monkey’s Tale, and Walking with Buddha.  As creative director for Streamline Pictures, Cabeen helped anime pioneer Carl Macek bring Japanese animated features, like Akira, Robot Carnival, Lupin, and dozens of other classics, to the western market.  Cabeen received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Otis Art Institute, with a dual major in painting and design. Since then, he has combined his interests in the visual arts with screenwriting and story editing for a broad range of entertainment companies including Warner Brothers, Columbia/TriStar, Disney, Sony, Universal, USA Network, Nelvana, and SEGA. http://robertpaynecabeen.com/

Del Howison is a Bram Stoker Award winning editor and author. He has also been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award and the Black Quill award. His next book due out from Tor in July is “Midian Unmade” which he co-edited with Joseph Nassise and Clive Barker. Along with his wife, Sue, he co-owns Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA known as “The Home of Horror.”

Hosted by Lauren Candia and Xach Fromson

Books will be sold at the event.

Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe
Doors at 7:30
Show at 8:00 p.m. SHARP

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Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours early. You may not be able to buy them at the door!

Coming to rock your world with fantastic tales of murder, mayhem, and maybe a little bit of woe, another amazing lineup of spectacular authors. For our fifth installment of Shades & Shadows, we bring you:

Mike Buckley is a fiction writer whose work has appeared in The Best American Non Required Reading, The Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Southern California Review, among other national journals.  He has been nominated for various awards, including the Pushcart Prize.  His debut collection of short stories, Miniature Men, was released in 2009. He is a practicing Creative Futurist, focusing on using Science Fiction prototyping to change corporate and governmental policy.

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) and The Prince of Earth 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 Too Much Dark Matter, Too Little Gray: A Collection of Weird Fiction. You can find him on Amazon, Facebook, and at  his “Skunk Ape Semester” website, www.skunkapesemester.com, and his Cryptopia Blog, www.cryptopia-blog.com.

Michael Paul Gonzalez is a writer living in Los Angeles, CA. He is the author of Angel Falls, a satirical adventure where Satan has to save the universe from other ancient deities. His new novel, Miss Massacre’s Guide to Murder and Vengeance is newly released. It’s the tale of a woman with no legs and unlimited ammunition who’s on a drug-addled quest for revenge. He is the founder of ThunderDome Press, and has published short stories in the Booked. Podcast Anthology, Appalachian Undead (Apex Press), Gather Kindling, Colored Chalk, and various places around the web. Join the fun at MichaelPaulGonzalez.com or take a tour of hell over at WelcometoAngelFalls.com. You can also find him on Amazon.

Adam Cushman‘s stories have appeared in over three dozen literary journals including The St. Petersburg Review, The Ampersand Review, and Pindeldyboz. His first novel Cut is published by Black Mountain Press. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and is a contributing editor at Trop (www.tropmag.com).

Sherri Smith By day she works in a monster factory, at night she writes by the glow of her laptop.  Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of five Young Adult novels including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl—a World War II adventure the Washington Post named a best book of the year.  Her latest novel is the “cli-fi” adventure, Orleans.  You can find her at www.sherrilsmith.com.

Carl Crew

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and if you ask very nicely, you might even get your copy signed by the author.

At the California Institute of AbnormalArts
11334 Burbank Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
$10 at the door.
Doors at 8:00 p.m., show begins at 8:30.
RSVP on Facebook here.

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