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New Cities!

This weekend, June 30th, marks the first of THREE planned expansions of Shades & Shadows for 2018 with our introduction to Seattle.

For five years running, we have remained the only game in town for fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all other forms of dark, speculative, or “genre” fiction to come together. We’ve forged a community of authors, artists, fans, and anyone else who was interested in taking part in the most fun, lively, and entertaining reading series we can provide.

So, naturally, even a city as large as Los Angeles is eventually going to be unable to contain us.

Later this year, we’ll be doing events in Denver and San Francisco!

S&S is also looking to introduce more events and new content here in LA, but that’s all under wraps for the moment.


In the meantime, check out the Facebook event page for Seattle HERE, and stay tuned for news on SF and Denver coming up later this year!

Shades & Shadows is proud to partner with the Horror Writers Association to present Modern Classics of Horror, a live reading and discussion panel at The Last Bookstore. We will be hosting a panel of horror experts to discuss the present moment of the horror genre, and take a look into the future. Which books, authors, and trends will stand the test of time? What will horror look like in the future? How can we learn from the predictions of the past and adjust our outlook?


Join us on Saturday, October 10th at 8:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore!

453 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Convenient to the Pershing Square Metro stop, and several bus lines.

$10 tickets are available by clicking the link below.


Shades & Shadows is at Long Beach Comic Con!
We’ve been working under the cover of darkness, in secret lairs and hidden alcoves, and are proud to announce that Shades & Shadows will be presenting not just one event, but an entire day’s worth of content on Saturday, September 12th!
Body Issues in Genre Fiction

Genre fiction offers authors interesting and exciting ways to explore the idea of difference in terms of bodies and the construction of masculinity and femininity, and it only gets weirder when nonhumans get thrown into the mix! In this panel, we’ll deconstruct the notion of “normal” bodies.
Panelists: Michael Paul Gonzalez, Cecil Castellucci, Gallagher Lawson, Christa Faust, Sherri L. Smith
Moderator: Samuel Sattin

LGBT Issues in Genre Fiction

How many main characters in genre fiction can you name who land somewhere on the LGBT spectrum of identities? Let’s tackle issues of representation in real life and on the page. In worlds where anything is possible, how can we use the tools of genre fiction to create a more inclusive universe?
Panelists:  Martin Pousson, Sheri Lewis Wohl, Maureen McHugh, Gallagher Lawson, Sean Abley
Moderator: Xach Fromson

The Controversy of Sexual Violence in Genre Fiction
Is it just us, or is there a whole lot of violence against women being portrayed across all mediums of genre fiction? When one in three women will experience violence in their lives, how do we break silence and reflect the reality of women everywhere in a way that is respectful?
Panelists: Samuel Sattin, Maria Alexander, Michael Paul Gonzalez, John Skipp, Mere Smith, Heather Lyons

Moderator:Lauren Candia

Shades & Shadows LIVE Show

Featuring Samuel Sattin, Cecil Castellucci, Chris Farnsworth, Richard Kadrey, and Sherri L. Smith
Hosted by Xach Fromson & Lauren Candia

Come join us! Get tickets at now!

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.


Give us your money? Please?

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!

Website tweaking!

You may notice some new features on our website. We’re updating the content, and making it easier to show you what’s coming up for us in the future!

For example, this new “NEWS” page will be where you can find out about events we’ll be at, new stuff we’re getting into, and whatever else we can think of that we want to share with you. Our “SHOWS” page will continue to be where we post lineups for our shows.

Check back often for the latest updates! And subscribe to our email list to make sure you never miss a post!