The Montauk Club has announced an evening celebrating Edgar Allan Poe with readings from Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow and published by Solaris Books. The reading will take place at 8 PM, September 25, 2009, in the historic 120 year-old Ballroom at the Montauk Club, 25 Eighth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn (adjacent to Grand Army Plaza).

Anthology editor Ellen Datlow will introduce each of the three contributors from Poe’s all-star lineup who will be reading from their stories: Gregory Frost, John Langan and Delia Sherman.

Datlow has been editing short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twenty-five years. She is editor or co-editor of a large number of award-winning original anthologies; most recently The Best Horror of the Year Volume One, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Inferno, The Coyote Road, and Troll’s Eye View (with Terri Windling).

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.”

Gregory Frost is a writer of fantasy, horror and science fiction who has been publishing steadily for more than two decades. His latest work is the fantasy duology, Shadowbridge, published by Del Rey Books. His earlier novels include Fitcher’s Brides, a World Fantasy Award and International Horror Guild Award finalist for Best Novel; Tain, Lyrec, and Nebula-nominated science fiction novel The Pure Cold Light. His short story collection, Attack of the Jazz Giants & Other Stories was called “one of the best fantasy collections of the year” by Publishers Weekly.

John Langan is the author of several stories, including “Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack in the Kingdom of the Purple Flowers,” “Mr. Gaunt,” and “On Skua Island,” all of which were originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. A collection of his short work, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters was published recently, and his first novel, House of Windows, is forthcoming from Night Shade Books next April. John has twice been nominated for the International Horror Guild Award. He teaches literature and creative writing at SUNY New Paltz.

Delia Sherman’s short fiction has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fantasy Magazine, and numerous anthologies, the most recent of which The Coyote Road and Troll’s Eye View. She has written three adult novels, one of them, The Fall of the Kings, with Ellen Kushner. Her latest novels: Changeling and its sequel, Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen, the latter published this past June, are New York fantasies for younger readers.

The ticket price is free to club members and $5 for non-members; drink tickets for cocktails, wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased. There will be a social hour for attendees and participating authors after the reading. Seating is limited: an RSVP would be appreciated but is not necessary to

The Montauk Club is a historic landmark in Park Slope, Brooklyn, designed by architect Francis H. Kimball in a unique combination of Venetian Gothic and Native American motifs. Its splendid interiors are host to a diverse number of cultural programs, including readings, art shows, lectures and symposiums. We are glad to host this distinguished evening of some of America’s finest fantasy authors in homage to the great founder of the American Gothic tradition, Edgar Allan Poe.

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