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Meeting Halloween Readers

King Manor Museum, historic home in Jamaica, Queens.
Courtesy of Queens Public Library/Urban Archive

The month of October promises to be fun, hectic, and focused on all things horror, including promoting Midnight Rambles: H. P. Lovecraft in Gotham before its forthcoming November release.

October began with a book-signing at the Brooklyn Book Festival. For an hour, I was honored to talk with diverse, multi-generational readers about literature, Lovecraft, and New York. A young woman shared her own writing dream, and a decades-old fan related the sordid story regarding the posthumous copyright of Lovecraft’s work. Everyone was happily surprised to learn that the horror master once lived within walking distance of the Festival site. This was the only chance to pick up Midnight Rambles before November 7, and every copy sold. An auspicious first event.

Courtesy of Perfume Professor

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 21, I’ll return to the King Manor Museum in Jamaica, Queens, for Lovecraft at the Manor–a presentation on Lovecraft’s New York period. As an added bonus, King Manor’s resident horror cinema historian Abigail Waldron and I will discuss selected scenes from films and television series inspired by Lovecraft’s stories. Interestingly, Lovecraft visited the King Manor in November 1925 and declared the historic home to be “one of the major discoveries” of his “New-York explorations.” This event is free and open to the public.

Finally, I’ll serve as the moderator for Dracula: Medieval Hero and Modern Vampire at Fordham University on the evening of Thursday, October 26. In this lecture, art historian Alice Isabella Sullivan will explore the historical, literary, and cinematic Dracula. The perfect prelude to Halloween! All vampire and horror fans are welcome.

This year’s spooky season has begun. I hope that you’ll include one of these events in your plans.

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