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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.

Hosted by Lauren Candia and Xach Fromson


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

Bob Baker Marionette Theater!
1345 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, California 90026

Books will be sold on site, courtesy of Skylight Books!

And RSVP on Facebook HERE.

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.


Hosted by Lauren Candia and Xach Fromson!

$10 online or at the door.

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.

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.

It began in September of 2013. It grew in 2014. And in 2015, it will hit The Terrible Twos.

Shades & Shadows is insanely proud to invite and welcome you to our two-year anniversary show! We’ve grown so much and come so far since that first show, and none of it would have been possible without the love, support, and help from our audience. The only way we could think of to say thank you was to arrange for a lineup worthy of you all. And what a lineup it is!

Plus, just like last year, we’ll have cake! You can’t have a celebration without cake!

Featuring readings by:

AIMEE BENDER is the author of five books, including the bestseller The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, and Ny Times notable book The Color Master. Her fiction has been published in Granta, The Paris Review, Harper’s and more, as well as heard on This American Life.

MALLORY REAVES is an Eisner-nominated writer from Southern California. She has been writing professionally since 2005, her most recent novel being Eternity’s Wheel (published in May 2015.) She currently lives in Corona with a theater major, another writer, a snake, and several cats. Her hobbies include coffee.

TANANARIVE DUE (pronounced tah-nah-nah-REEVE doo) is the recipient of the American Book Award, NAACP Image Award, and the Carl Brandon Kindred Award. The author of twelve novels and a civil rights memoir, she has been inducted into the Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University. A leading voice black speculative fiction, in 2004—alongside such luminaries as Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison—Due received the “New Voice in Literature Award” at the Yari Yari Pamberi conference co-sponsored by New York University’s Institute of African-American Affairs and African Studies Program and the Organization of Women Writers of Africa. A former Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College, where she taught screenwriting, creative writing, and journalism, she also teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Due has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Leeds, England, where she specialized in Nigerian literature as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. While working as a columnist in 1992 for the Miami Herald, she he wrote an article that was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning series on Hurricane Andrew. Due and her husband, author Steven Barnes, live in Southern California with their son, Jason.

GLENN BENEST is an award-winning writer/producer with seven produced film credits, including two high profile films by acclaimed filmmaker Wes Craven: “Deadly Blessing” and “A Stranger In Our House.” In addition to novel writing and screenwriting, Glenn hosts popular writing workshops, webinars and does private consultations with writers locally and all over the world. Six films have been launched from these groups, including “Scream” and “Event Horizon.” INK is his first novel, which he co-wrote with Dale Pitman.

MARYTZA RUBIO is a writer from Santa Ana, CA. Her work has appeared in Los Angeles Times, Slice Magazine, and The Rattling Wall. She was a 2008 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, the 2010 Bread Loaf/Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholar in fiction, and a 2012 VONA alum. Her most recent story “Brujeria for Beginners” can be found in the neo-noir anthology Exigencies (Dark House Press). Find out more about her at

WALLY RUDOLPH was born in Canada to Jamaican immigrant parents and raised in Texas, Wally Rudolph smoked marijuana for the first time at the age of fourteen. The joint, rolled from the Book of Revelations of a pocket-sized bible, was the start of a fifteen year affair with illicit drugs that took him back and forth across the American Midwest. His fiction can be found in the literary journals: Lines+Stars, Palooka,The Brooklyner, and Prospect Park Books 2013 fiction anthology, Literary:Pasadena, among others. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including Street Kings, Bang Bang, and most recently, Sons of Anarchy and Hawaii 5-0. His debut novel, Four Corners (Counterpoint/Soft Skull), was published in 2014. His second novel, Mighty, Mighty (Counterpoint/Soft Skull) will be hitting shelves in October 2015. He currently resides with his family in Los Angeles. You can find out more about him at, or follow him on Twitter @wallyrudolph

Hosted by Lauren Candia & Xach Fromson

$10 online HERE or at the door (hint: buy online, there may not be tickets left 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.

L.A. Lit Crawl 2015!

Shades & Shadows is back! We are thrilled to announce that we have been invited to participate in the L.A. North Hollywood Lit Crawl for the second year in a row!

This year, we’re bringing some of our all-star readers from the past year’s shows for an incredible reading event that is sure to thrill you.

Come see readings by:

Tiffany Tang is related to neither an ancient Chinese nor a powdered orange drink dynasty. She believes in writing true things and is most proud of the work she has done with the San Diego-based storytelling pioneers of So Say We All. Tiffany is an arts contributor to the San Diego Union-Tribune and a writer for Intrepid Theatre Company. Since the publication of creepy little death poems, she has also become an honorary member of the horror genre, which is surprising considering she spends most of her time avoiding anything attached to the words “scary,” “haunted” or “zombie.” This is Tiffany’s first book.

Robert Payne Cabeen is a screenwriter, artist, and purveyor of narrative horror poetry. His screenwriting credits include Heavy Metal 2000, for Columbia TriStar, Sony Pictures, A Monkey’s Tale, and Walking with Buddha. Cabeen’s latest book, FEARWORMS: Selected Poems, was a 2015 Bram Stoker Award nominee. For more about FEARWORMS, visit

Nicole D. Sconiers is an author and screenwriter living in the sunny jungle of L.A. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, where she began experimenting with speculative fiction from a womanist perspective. Her debut short story collection Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage was born there and took on a life of its own after she graduated. Her work has appeared in Neon V Magazine, The Absent Willow Review, Clutch Magazine, and Possibilities: A State of Black Science Fiction Anthology.

Thomas Voorhies received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. He writes and paints out of a loft in downtown Los Angeles, and together with Lex Hrabe he has written the Quarantine novel trilogy, published by Egmont USA, under the pen name Lex Thomas.

Derek Kirk Kim is an award-winning writer, artist and filmmaker. He is the writer of the “Tune” series, the writer and director of the spin-off webseries, “Mythomania,” and the lead character designer of “Adventure Time”. He won all three major comics industry awards, the Eisner, the Harvey, and the Ignatz Award for his debut graphic novel, “Same Difference and Other Stories.” He won a second Eisner Award for his work on “The Eternal Smile,” a collaboration with National Book Award nominee, Gene Luen Yang. He eats chips with chopsticks.

Hosted by Xach Fromson & Lauren Candia

Exact time and location TBA, but it will be one of the three Lit Crawl rounds beginning at either 7:00, 8:00, or 9:00 p.m. And the best part? IT’S FREE! RSVP on Facebook here.

Lit Crawl is sponsored in part by Metro. Take the Red Line and save yourself the parking headache.

July 18th, 2015 show!

We’re ba-ack! But we’re not coming at you through your TV, we’re gonna do it live! We have a great big exciting new lineup to share with you, featuring more of the best storytellers you’ve ever heard of.

Come out and beat the summer heat by putting a little chill up your spine.

Featuring readings by:

Kate Maruyama‘s first novel HARROWGATE was published by 47North in 2013. Her work has appeared in Arcadia, Stoneboat and Controlled Burn as well as on The Rumpus, Salon and numerous other journals. She holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she works as affiliate faculty and runs the inspiration2publication book coaching program. She writes, teaches, cooks and eats in Los Angeles where she lives with her family.

The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, are national bestselling, multiple award-winning science fiction novelists, screenplay writers and producers. Their novels include THE STRAND PROPHECY, EXTINCTIONS EMBRACE, RED MOON RISING and THE PERFECT COMPATIBILITY TEST. They’ve also published an educational book on how they craft their stories called SECRET WRITING METHOD and several comic books. The twins have won numerous awards for their novels including Best Young Adult Fiction and Best First Book Fiction, and they have been featured prominently in national newspapers, online and on television. The twins founded and run a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called Motivate 2 Learn and they have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. The twins were recently honored to contribute to Penguin’s acclaimed educational publication, NOW WRITE! SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR, along with such notable authors as Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, and Piers Anthony. Their official website is

John Palisano has written for Fangoria and Dark Discoveries magazines, has over thirty short stories published, and several novels, including NERVES, DUST OF THE DEAD and the forthcoming GHOST HEART. You can find more at: or look him up on

Gallagher Lawson is the author of the debut novel The Paper Man. He is a graduate of UC Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA program. He has worked as a travel and technical writer and is a classical pianist. He lives in Los Angeles. You can Find him on Twitter (@ga11agher) and Instagram (also @ga11agher).

Gary Phillips – Born under a bad sign, with family roots in Texas and the Mississippi Delta, South Central native Gary Phillips must keep writing to postpone his inevitable appointment at the crossroads.  One reviewer of his Astonishing Heroes collection wrote, “It’s a book for anyone who remains nostalgic for the golden age of Toei films, blaxploitation movies, and lusty grindhouse cinema.”  His is co-editor of the upcoming Occupied Earth sci-fi anthology, and has short stories in Asian Pulp and Jewish Noir.  His website is at

Nicole Sconiers is an author and screenwriter living in the sunny jungle of L.A. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, where she began experimenting with speculative fiction from a womanist perspective. Her debut short story collection Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage was born there and took on a life of its own after she graduated.

Her work has appeared in Neon V MagazineThe Absent Willow Review, Clutch Magazine, DrPhil.comand Possibilities: A State of Black Science Fiction Anthology.
Honing her skills as a filmmaker, Ms. Sconiers directed two short films that she describes as “the black woman’s Twilight Zone.” She is currently working on a web series based on Escape from Beckyville. 

And hosted by:
Xach Fromson
and Jeff Eyers!

Book sales by Skylight Books!


July 18th, 2015 at
Mimoda Studio
5774 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010


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


$10 online HERE, or at the door.


RSVP on Facebook HERE.

May 16th, 2015 Show!

Spring is springing, and you know what that means! Dead bodies will decompose faster! It also means that we’re bringing another lineup of amazing authors to read from their works. This lineup has a wonderful mix of genres that are sure to delight you no matter what you like. We are also changing our location to the Cafe MiMoDa, located just off Pico & Fairfax, near Little Ethiopia. The entrance to the venue is through the Paper or Plastik Cafe. For more information on the venue and location, please look at our “Location” page.

Featuring readings by:

KIT REED – Born into a Navy family, Kit Reed moved so often as a kid that she never settled down in one place, and she doesn’t know whether that’s a good thing or not. It’s a very good thing in its relationship to her new novel, WHERE, in which the entire population of a small island vanishes overnight. Even they don’t know WHERE. Her fiction covers territory variously labeled speculative fiction/science fiction/literary fiction, with stops at stations in between that include horror, dystopian SF, psychothrillers and black comedy, making her “transgenred.” In case you were wondering what kind of WHERE really is.

IAN WELKE’s short stories have appeared in KZine, Big Pulp, Zombie Jesus and Other True Stories, and the American Nightmare anthology amongst others. His first novel, The Whisperer in Dissonance, was published by Omnium Gatherum Media in 2014. His second novel, End Times at Ridgemont High was published this April.

Before writing full time, Ian was lucky enough to work at Blizzard Entertainment and at Runic Games. These days, when he’s not at his desk writing, Ian enjoys a variety of games. His favorites tend to be elaborate board games with many pieces and rules to confuse, though he’s  happiest going mad with his characters in the Call of Cthulhu RPG.

LAUREN CANDIA is the co-founder and co-host of Shades & Shadows. You can read her full bio on the “About Us” page.

AMBER BENSON is a writer, director, actor, and maker of things.  She wrote the five book CALLIOPE REAPER-JONES urban fantasy series and the middle grade book, AMONG THE GHOSTS. She co-directed the Slamdance feature, DRONES and (co-wrote) and directed the BBC animated series, THE GHOSTS OF ALBION.  She also spent three years as Tara Maclay on the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Her latest book is THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK.

LESLIE PARRY is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, The Cincinnati Review and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. She was recently a resident at Yaddo and The Kerouac House. Her writing has also received a National Magazine Award nomination and an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2013. She lives in Chicago.

S.P. MISKOWSKI’s four-book series, the Skillute Cycle, is published by Omnium Gatherum. Two of the books were finalists for Shirley Jackson Awards. Her stories have appeared in Black Static, Supernatural Tales, Other Voices, and Identity Theory, and in the anthologies October Dreams II and Little Visible Delight. She has stories forthcoming in the anthologies Cassilda’s Song, The Hyde Hotel, and The Leaves of a Necronomicon. She’s the recipient of a Swarthout Award and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.


Hosted by Xach Fromson and Lauren Candia.

Tickets are $10 HERE or at the door.

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

RSVP on Facebook here.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Buy your tickets online HERE!

Already coming? RSVP on Facebook here.

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

January 17th Show!

We’re back, baby!


After a series of unfortunate events left us–and you–without a November show, we are coming out swinging in the new year! We are also going to be haunting a new venue, the LYRIC HYPERION THEATRE + CAFE. Directions and other info can be found on our Location page.

We’re also introducing another new feature: Online ticket sales! You can secure your seat ahead of time by clicking HERE and buying your ticket.

To ring in the new year, we proudly present readings by:

Tom Voorhies received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. He currently lives in Los Angeles and is the co-author of the Quarantine Novel trilogy. Published by Egmont USA.

Jenna Pitman‘s first work was published in a monthly zine local to Seattle where it ran for nearly a year, garnering a fair amount of popularity. Since then she has had a number of stories and articles published in a variety of locations including the anthology Rock N Roll is Dead, Strange Aeons Magazine, and the Lovecraft eZine.  Before moving to Los Angeles, CA in 2012 she was a well known member of the Pacific Northwest convention community. Currently she is a happy resident of sunny Southern California where she hikes, dances, and practices yoga daily in addition to working as a full time writer.

Tim Chizmar lost himself in evil, scary books as a child. One day, a morally righteous librarian refused to check some out. Reading about demons, beheadings, and cannibalism wasn’t the norm in Linesville, PA. Tim’s mother insisted that her son be allowed to read whatever he wanted. The upset librarian said, “You son is going to grow up to be a great horror writer one day – OR A SERIAL KILLER.” As of this writing, Tim has not killed anyone. Yet. But he has written and sold many screenplays in Hollywood. When he’s not burying bodies, Tim is a comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer living in Los Angeles. What drives his success is knowing that somewhere in Pennsylvania, a librarian is praying for his soul.

Justin Robinson Much like film noir, Justin Robinson was born and raised in Los Angeles. He splits his time between editing comic books, writing prose, and wondering what that disgusting smell is. Degrees in Anthropology and History prepared him for unemployment, but an obsession with horror fiction and a laundry list of phobias provided a more attractive option.

Gretchen McNeil is the author of YA horror novels POSSESS, TEN, and 3:59, as well as the new mystery/suspense series Don’t Get Mad, beginning in 2014 with GET EVEN and continuing in 2015 with GET DIRTY, all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. Gretchen also contributed an essay to the Dear Teen Me anthology from Zest Books.

Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and was a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels. She is repped by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Katarina Leigh Waters



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