Here’s my schedule for Ad Astra 2017, a sci-fi/horror/fantasy convention happening this weekend in Richmond Hill, Ontario (just outside Toronto). Some good horror programming on here!
I will also be doing a reading, but the timing for that is TBD.
7:00 – 7:30: READING
I’ll be reading my historical science fiction story “A Shame That Binds Our Hearts, Binds Our Fate,” which appeared in On Spec, Issue #102 and placed 2nd in the Friends of the Merril short story contest. Stick around for Matthew Bin at 7:30. His novel Brendan’s Way (Bundoran Press) is launching Saturday at 9:00).
9:00 – 10:00: REVISITING JOHN CARPENTER
John Carpenter’s films have always had an audience in fandom, but recent years have seen a critical reappraisal of his work. In the words of Guillermo del Toro: “Carpenter creates masterpiece after masterpiece and they are often ignored.” Films like Halloween and The Thing are definitive horror films, but are they more relevant to cinema as a whole than previously thought? What other works of Carpenter deserve a closer viewing? (with James Bambury, Beverly Bambury, David Clink, Adam Shaftoe-Durrant)
11:00 – 12:00: UNSETTLING THE READER AND CREATING FEAR IN HORROR
Works of horror necessarily disturb their readers with feelings of unease, revulsion, and fear. Easy to say, hard to do. What do horror authors do to create the negative emotions their readers are seeking? (with Derek Künsken, Jon Oliver, Alexandra Renwick)
6:00 – 7:00: UNSETTLING THE READER AND CREATING FEAR IN HORROR
Publishers describe novels as a “supernatural thriller” or “novel of terror”, but is no one saying “horror” anymore? Did the 80s heyday, and eventual burn-out, of horror novels ruin the term? Or maybe the onslaught of remakes of 80s horror film? Why aren’t we saying “horror” anymore? (with Anne Bishop, Beverly Bambury, Dean Italiano, Jen Frankel)
2:00 – 3:00: FANTASY FROM TRILOGIES TO TELEVISION SERIES
Fantasy in the 1970’s and earlier was usually a stand alone book or a trilogy at the most. Now it’s a megaseries of books often with a movie or television tie-in. Once the little sibling of science fiction fantasy now dwarfs its sibling. How did this happen? (with Jeff Beeler, Brandon Draga, Nicholas Eames, A.A. Jankiewicz)