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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 at Littlefield in Gowanus, Brooklyn on Friday, October 21, 2022, from 8 – 11 PM.

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.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for $50 before September 19, and $75 thereafter. The event will likely sell out, so act fast!


We are aware that hosting a party inspired by a short story about the plague requires a certain hubris, but who are we to abandon a literary work when it proves itself prescient? In that spirit, this year’s Masquerade will honor excellence and innovation in pandemic fiction.

In the before times, the Masquerade was Electric Literature’s most raucous and well-attended celebration of our work and mission—it was also our most important fundraiser of the year. We’re so looking forward to dressing up, raising a glass, busting a move, and celebrating with our community once again!

DJing by Ryan Chapman

Flyer design by Alli Katz


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.



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