Sure, for most people, the Halloween season is about free candy and costumes that are made by adding the word “slutty” to just about anything. But for all you Gothic, literature-nerd, gaslamp kind of bohemians, October means it's time to get macabre. That's where the Eighth Day Arts, Poetry and Wine Salon comes in. The salon always happens on the first Friday of the month, but the October edition falls within just a few days of the mysterious death of the master of the macabre himself, one Edgar Allen Poe. The coincidence proved too much for event organizers to resist: The salon invites you to get in the spooky mood with a program of classic dark and dramatic literature called, after Poe's poem, The Raven. Ricardo Lira Acuña is the author of the groundbreaking ghost adventure graphic novel The Realm, and no stranger to the strange; tonight he heads a bill of local writers reading and enacting works both classic (“The Raven,” of course, but also “The Tell-Tale Heart”) and original, along with some electric violin, free blood wine and a little open mic at the end. Scary, in a good way. Cat in the Lotus, 123 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale; Fri., Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.-late; free. (818) 357-9949,

Fri., Oct. 4, 2013

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