Martini Bar of Horrors tonight!

Screen Shot 2017-10-30 at 2.01.57 PMTonight is my final event for 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die. James J. Siegel, the host with the most, describes it like this: Halloween is almost here! And so is Literary Speakeasy’s Martini Bar of Horrors! We have five amazing writers tonight (October 30) to give you the creeps, including the wonderful Loren Rhoads! This is her third time performing at our Halloween show and Loren can tell a great ghost story! Her latest book is 199 Cemeteries To See Before You Die. Come see Loren tonight at Martuni’s!

Here’s the whole lineup:

Literary Speakeasy celebrates All Hallows’ Eve with its Martini Bar of Horrors! Join us for five macabre authors and storytellers: Carson Beker, Meg Elison, Richard Kadrey, Loren Rhoads, and Sumiko Saulson. Your spooky host and curator is James J. Siegel.

Literary Speakeasy is always FREE with NO drink minimum. And everyone in attendance receives a FREE raffle ticket for their chance to win the evening’s haunted Speakeasy prize!

Come out, dim the lights with us, conjure some spirits, and celebrate the season with these amazing performers!

Performer bios:
Carson Beker is a writer, playwright, storyteller, and co-founder of the Art Unschool Escapery. Their stories has appeared in Foglifter, Gigantic Sequins, and Radar Literary Series. Their plays have been produced or in development through Custom Made Theater, Exit Theater, and Z-Below. They are a Lambda Emerging Writer Fellow in Fiction, and a former Tin House Scholar. They can be found at and They are most definitely haunted.

Meg Elison is the author of The Book Of The Unnamed Midwife, Tiptree recommendation, Audie Award nominee and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. Her sequel, The Book Of Etta, was published in February 2017. She has also been published in McSweeney’s, Catapult, Compelling Science Fiction, Terraform, and many other places. Elison is a high school dropout and a graduate of UC Berkeley. Find her and on Twitter @megelison.

Richard Kadrey is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. He is the author of dozens of stories, plus thirteen novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, The Getaway God, Killing Pretty, The Perdition Score, The Kill Society, The Everything Box, The Wrong Dead Guy, Metrophage, and Butcher Bird. Kadrey created and wrote the Vertigo comics mini-series ACCELERATE, which was illustrated by the Pander Brothers. He has written and spoken about art, culture and technology for Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, Discovery Online, The Site, SXSW, and Wired For Sex on the G4 cable network.

Loren Rhoads is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel. She also writes horror short stories and space opera novels. She doesn’t see a contradiction in those things.

Sumiko Saulson is a horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy writer, winner of the StokerCon Scholarship from Hell and 2nd Place Carry the Light Sci-Fi Short Story Award. She wrote 60 Black Women in Horror Fiction. Her novels include Solitude, The Moon Cried Blood, Happiness and Other Diseases, and Warmth. She has written short stories for anthologies including Forever Vacancy, Babes and Beasts, Tales from the Lake 3, and Clockwork Wonderland. She writes for Search Magazine. Born to African-American and Russian-Jewish parents, she is a native Californian, and has spent most of her adult life in the Bay Area.

James J. Siegel is the author of the poetry collection “How Ghosts Travel” from Spuyten Duyvil Press, which was nominated as a finalist for the Ohioana Library Book Award. He lives in San Francisco where he hosts and curates Literary Speakeasy at Martuni’s, which showcases Bay Area authors, poets, and songwriters. His work has appeared in several journals including The Cortland Review, Assaracus, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Good Men Project, and more.

Martuni’s is at the corner of Market and Valencia Streets in San Francisco. The reading runs from 7 to 8:30 pm.

About Loren Rhoads

I'm the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, as well as a space opera trilogy. I'm also co-author of a series about a succubus and her angel. In addition to blogging at, I blog about my morbid life at
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