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The Masquerade of the Red Death Returns!

After a two-year hiatus, Electric Literature’s Masquerade of the Red Death is back! Join us for an evening of drinks and dancing and celebrate the wonderful work of our authors and editors over the past three years!

Early bird tickets are on sale now for $50 before September 30, and $75 in October. The event will likely sell out, so act fast!


The Masquerade of the Red Death

Littlefield, Brooklyn, NY
Friday, October 21, 2022

Cocktail hour from 8 – 9pm
Dancing from 9 – 11pm

Music by DJ “Nice Deal” (Ryan Chapman)

As before, (eye) masks will be provided, and the dress code is red or black festive attire. Wondering what to wear—or how hard you have to work to be the best-dressed person there? Check out our photos from 2019.

Photos by Andrew Janke

Honoring Excellence in Pandemic Fiction

Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” was published in 1842, and 180 years later, as we host a party in a late-stage pandemic, it has renewed relevance. Whether realist or speculative, pandemic writing helps readers metabolize grief and chaos by harnessing the allegorical, testimonial, and cautionary power of a global health crisis.

This year we’re celebrating excellence in pandemic fiction with a curated book giveaway table (see featured titles below, with more TBA), and special guests Rebecca Makkai, Gary Shteyngart, and Jim Shepard joining for cocktail hour. We will also be debuting a new EL tote to help you carry your book haul home.

Masquerade Sponsors

Thank you to our Masquerade sponsors for their generous support!

Covid-19 Protocols

The Masquerade will be indoors, and masks will be optional. Therefore, we recommend that guests make a decision whether or not to attend based on their personal comfort levels. We strongly encourage guests to be fully vaccinated and up to date on their booster shots, and, if possible, make arrangements to receive the latest Omicron booster shot prior to the event, where available. Depending on transmission levels in October, we may also ask guests to take an at home rapid test the day of the Masquerade. Anyone who tests positive or is experiencing symptoms should stay home.


Can’t make it to Brooklyn for the event? You can still support our mission of making literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive with a charitable donation. Everything Electric Lit publishes is free to readers, and we pay every one of our writers. Each gift of $75 sponsors one of our writers to attend the Masquerade for free so we can celebrate them as guests of honor.

Patrons giving at the $150 level and above will be acknowledged at the Masquerade.



Electric Literature is one of the premier outlets for promoting new titles. Excerpts in Recommended Reading, reviews, interviews, and creative content like lists and essays connect authors directly with our engaged and enthusiastic readers. We believe in a lively, thriving marketplace for books where great writing is valued and easily discovered. To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, email

Electric Lit, Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit, and your ticket purchase is tax-deductible minus the cost of goods and services.