To celebrate Samhain (or Hallowe’en if you prefer) The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings will feature an extracurricular event to celebrate the publication of Ellen Datlow’s latest anthology, Lovecraft Unbound. Making the occasion even more special, the venue will be the Soho Gallery for Digital Art, opening the very same night, October 27th.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft may have been a writer for only a short time, but the creations he left behind after his death in 1935 have shaped modern horror more than any other author in the last two centuries: the shambling god Cthulhu, and the other deities of the Elder Things, the Outer Gods, and the Great Old Ones, and Herbert West, Reanimator, a doctor who unlocked the secrets of life and death at a terrible cost. In this, Ellen Datlow’s latest anthology, more than twenty of today’s most prominent writers of literature and dark fantasy tell stories set in or inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Four of them will read for this special event … Richard Bowes, Elizabeth Bear, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Michael Cisco.

Ellen Datlow has been editing short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twenty-five years. She has won multiple awards for her editing, including the World Fantasy, Locus, Hugo, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, and Stoker Awards. She was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award for “outstanding contribution to the genre.”

The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series is celebrating its 20th season of providing performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc. The series continues to evolve, but is always providing readings in the writers voice from some of the great luminaries in literature, genre favorites, and rising stars.

The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art is a new Soho art gallery dedicated to re-establishing SoHo as the center of new artistic forms, concepts and ideas. Opening the same night, the SGDA will be presenting art from around the country and around the world using a screens-instead-of-canvases approach to bring attention to digital art and photography to the New York public that would otherwise receive little or no attention, as well as throwing numerous evening events devoted to the digital, visual, and literary arts and staging various cultural events.

It’s all happening on Tuesday, October 27th. Doors open at 6:30 — event begins at 7. Admission is by a $5 donation. The SoHo Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan Street, New York.

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