My schedule for the 2016 World Fantasy ConventionMike Allen / Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 / No Comments »
Anita and I will be at the World Fantasy Convention this weekend, primarily to cheer on C.S.E. Cooney, whose book from our imprint, Bone Swans: Stories, is up for the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection against some very stiff competition. Our fingers are crossed regardless.
Before Sunday’s ceremony, we’ll have plenty of time to hang out at the bar and chat — but I will be making a couple of “official programming” appearances, both of them on Friday.
At 10 p.m., I’m on this panel:
The Knowable and Unknowable in Horror
DELAWARE CD: Exploring the contrast between the purely supernatural horror (ghosts, vampires) and those that border on science fiction (shoggoths!). In the former case, the horror arises from an absolute violation of natural law. In the latter, the phenomenon can, at least potentially, be understood. What special problems do these approaches present to the writer? Is the inherent nature of the dread itself (ghostly vs. cosmic) different?
Mike Allen, Laura Bickle, Stephanie Feldman (m), Louise Marley, Tim Waggoner
And at 4 p.m. in Union D, I have a reading. At present my plan, with Joe Pulver’s blessing, is to read an excerpt from my short story “The Sun Saw,” scheduled to appear next year in his anthology The Leaves of a Necronomicon. Expect ghosts, gore, and reflections on cosmic horror vs. horrors of racism.
I hope to see old friends and meet new ones, via the panels and otherwise. See you there!