THE READING #1: with Leon Craig and Dylan McNulty Holmes / Oct. 25, 2022

The Reader Berlin is delighted to present, The Reading # 1!
Let’s dive into Halloween and Scorpio season with an ecstatic celebration of queer gothic horror! On October 25th, we’ll be launching the paperback edition of Leon Craig’s short story collection, PARALLEL HELLS as part of the new Berlin reading series, The Reading.

Date: Tuesday October 25th
Time: Doors at 7pm, reading and Q&A from 8pm
Place: Das Gift, Donaustraße 119

This deliciously strange debut has been described by Neil Gaiman as “the place where gothic horror meets contemporary fiction, where magic meets despair… An auspicious start to a writing career” and by Kirsty Logan as “the queer horror book of your dreams”. Leon will introduce us to a world of ruined mansions, Golems, lethal curses and Satanic Mass, followed by a discussion about queer identity and the complicated nature of being human, with audience Q&A.

We’ll also have additional grotesque genius from Dylan McNulty-Holmes.

Come dressed in your most gory glamour—there will be treats for the best Halloween outfits!


Leon Craig is a writer from North London. She studied English at UCL, Medieval Literature at Oxford and Creative Writing at Birkbeck. Her writing has been published by the White Review, the TLS, Another Gaze and the London Magazine, among others. Leon is a member of the LGBTQ+ Writing Collective the Future is Back.





Dylan McNulty-Holmes (he/they) is a writer based in Berlin. His writing has been live-scored by a disco band, made into a T-shirt and performed in book shops, sex toy shops, and burger bars. His work has also appeared in Anomaly, /THIS and DADDY Magazine.

The brainchild of Jane Flett and Rebecca Rukeyser, The Reading is a new Berlin reading series in association with The Reader Berlin. Each reading features an established novelist/poet/nonfiction writer promoting their book, paired with emerging Berlin-based writers and artists.
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