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Pencil This In: Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Mark Z. Danielewski and Wicked Lit

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'The Body Snatcher' with Ericka Winterrowd and Eric Keitel is just one of the short plays performed at the Mountain View cemetery tonight by Wicked Lit. (Photo: Daniel Kitayama)
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In our Halloween edition of Pencil This In, we offer you these holiday-related alternatives to trick or treating: Theater in a cemetery; Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer at the Ebell Theater; Mark Z. Danielewski conducting his book onstage at REDCAT and The Tingler on the big screen. Read on for all the details.

WICKED LIT
What’s creepier than being in a cemetery on Halloween? Tonight, there are several productions by Wicked Lit at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena. Choose either Production A: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, H. P. Lovecraft’s The Unnamable and Charles Dickens' The Chimes; or Production B of Mark Twain's A Ghost Story, M.R. James' Casting the Runes and Robert Louis Stevenson's The Body Snatcher. This is a nontraditional setting, so expect sitting, standing and walking through the venue.Tickets: $49. Post-show reception included.

SCARY LIT
Tonight for one-night only, authorMark Z. Danielewski returns to REDCAT to “conduct” a theatrical presentation of his limited-edition, illustrated ghost story The Fifty Year Sword. This year's performance will include 40-foot shadows by shadowcaster Christine Marie, sound design by John Zalewski and live music. At 8:30 pm. Admission is $20 for general public, $16 for students, and $10 for CalArts community. And don’t forget to read LAist’s great interviewwith Danielewski himself.

VARIETY*
Tonight author Neil Gaiman and his wife and musician Amanda Palmer are on a brief co-headline tour of the West Coast and are stopping at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre for Halloween. "An Evening with Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer" promises an evening of spoken word, songs, stories, chats with the audience and surprises. The stage will contain a piano, a ukulele, two microphones, and (Amanda claims) “a few comfortable twitter-sourced armchairs.” At 8 pm. Tickets: $19.50-$49.50.

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FILM
In case you missed LACMA’s Price-a-thon yesterday, Cinefamily screensThe Tinglertonight at 8 pm. The William Castle-directed film—about a lobster-like monster that feeds on terror within the human body—was a gimmick film from the start, shown in “Percepto.” The original theater seats were rigged with buzzers to simulate The Tingler’s attack. Adds Cinefamily: “Best of all, The Tingler features a major subplot based on the Silent Movie Theatre itself and its original owners, the Hamptons. Feel a tingle up your spine as you watch these scenes set in the very location where you are sitting — and maybe a tingle on your tuchas when we shock you Castle-style with real wired seats! Experience The Tingler in “Percepto”!” $12/free for Cinefamily members.

*Pencil pick of the day

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