Gothic Book Club with John Palisano

9:30 p.m.

From gothic horror to gothic romance, what is it about that atmosphere? Many of us are irresistably drawn to it: the locked door down that hall, the movement just outside our field of vision, the howling out on the moors – or did we imagine it?

We must investigate.


Luckily, our guide is horror author John Palisano, and first up, we go right back to the roots: The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole. Are you coming with us or are you cowering in the false safety of that chair by the fireplace?

Please note: we meet after hours.




All book clubs require a ticket, and include the book, snacks/bevs, and a dedicated moderator – to keep the discussion on track! All clubs meet at The Last Bookstore.

You can get your ticket (we’ll ship the book to you!) right HERE – OR just come in to the store and look for our book club display, near the book tunnel. (The on-line option will shut down a week before the event, but that does not mean we are sold out.)

If you choose the on-line option (the one with shipping), please send a mailing addy to larkin.lastbookstore@gmail.com


Author John Palisano has a pair of books with Samhain Publishing, Dust of the Dead, and Ghost HeartNerves is available through Bad Moon. Starlight Drive: Four Halloween Tales was released in time for Halloween, and his first short fiction collection All That Withers is available from Cycatrix press, celebrating over a decade of short story highlights. Night of 1,000 Beasts is now available.

He won the Bram Stoker Award© in short fiction in 2016 for “Happy Joe’s Rest Stop”. More short stories have appeared in anthologies from Cemetery Dance, PS Publishing, Independent Legions, DarkFuse, Crystal Lake, Terror Tales, Lovecraft eZine, Horror Library, Bizarro Pulp, Written Backwards, Dark Continents, Big Time Books, McFarland Press, Darkscribe, Dark House, Omnium Gatherum, and more.

Non-fiction pieces have appeared in Blumhouse, Fangoria, and Dark Discoveries magazines.

He is currently serving as the Vice President of the Horror Writers Association.

Say ‘hi’ at: www.johnpalisano.com