It’s the height of Summer in New England, and you know what that means… Tis the season to hunker down in an air conditioned hotel ballroom and enjoy a conversation about weird fiction!
Kicking off tomorrow, here’s where you can find me at my two favorite cons:
Roger Williams Convention Center, Portsmouth, RI
Who Are You Calling Weird?: Weird Fiction in the New Century
Laird Barron, John Langan, Sandra Kasturi, Jack Haringa (M), Bob Boyczuk, Douglas Wynne
The more things change, the more they stay weird! Weird fiction dates back to the late 19th century, and the real world is a far different place now than when the subgenre began. So, just what’s “weird” in 2017?
Meet the Authors Party
Also likely to find me strumming a guitar with a beer in the courtyard after hours, hoping you’ll sing along to some rusty classic rock. And in the dealer’s room at the New England Horror Writers table.
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
STRANGE, FAR PLACES – Omni 2
Many of the locations in Lovecraft’s work actually existed in our world. Sadly, some have since disappeared – but many, particularly in Providence, still remain. Our panelists describe their favorite Lovecraftian places in the real world as well as comment on which locations exceeded their expectations or were disappointing.
Panelists: Sean Branney, KH Vaughan (Moderator), Donovan Loucks, Steven Mariconda, Will Murray, Douglas Wynne
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
THE MYTHOS: Lovecraft’s Greatest Creation or Suffocating Trope? – Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor
For many, the Cthulhu Mythos is their first exposure to Lovecraft and his greatest literary creation. But, today, is it still effective or has it become stale and cliche after being used by so many writers? Is Cthulhu still frightening or about as scary as a plush toy?
Panelists: Stefan Dziemianowicz, Cody Goodfellow (Moderator), Daniel Harms, Peter Rawlik, Darrell Schweitzer, Douglas Wynne
4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
MISKATONIC U. & THE MYTHOS – Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor
Miskatonic University looms large in the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. Explore his inspirations for this hallowed institution of eldritch learning, its place in the Mythos, and continuing popularity as shown in anthologies, clothing, and ephemera.
Panelists: Sean Branney, Fred Lubnow (Moderator), Will Murray, Anne Pillsworth, Robert Waugh, Douglas Wynne
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
FAITHFUL FRIGHTENERS – Garden Room, Biltmore 2nd Floor
Since the days of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, religious horror has been a popular subject in the genre. But, how effective can it be if the reader is not a member of that religion? This lively discussion will cover this topic and will attempt to answer the question, “Can an atheist be scared of the Devil?”
Panelists: Tom Breen, Matt Cardin (Moderator), Bracken MacLeod, Richard Stanley, Douglas Wynne
In September, I will also be co-teaching my first writing workshop. Stay tuned for details.