Arisia 2018 Panels have been announced and it looks like I'm going to be on a bunch in 2018. Go me!
Arisia, if you don't know, is a small fan-run, fan-centered annual SFF convention in Boston. I've had incredible experiences in the past taking part in panels on literature, media, gaming, and science.
Two of the panels, "Writing Horror, the Occult, and the Macabre" and "Emotional Impact — How to Make Readers Care," are the first writing panels I've been invited to. I'm not claiming mastery in either but with a few stories under my belt I hope I have a few useful things to share.
I'm also on the "2017: The Year in Stephen King" panel which was my reach goal for the year. I count myself as an enormous fan of King's oeuvre and this has certainly been a banner year for the author from Bangor. From television series based on his work (Delores Claiborne and The Mist) to a pair of movies (one reportedly terrible and one I quite enjoyed) there has been an upswelling of interest in his work. But that alone doesn't feel all that different from any other year. The fact is, King is one of the stalwarts of not only speculative and horror fiction, but general, mass-market literature. I'm hoping that this panel will delve into the far-ranging influence of King's work and its impact on contemporary genre work.
I'm also pleased to announce I will be on the "Houses of the Dead: Haunted Houses in Fiction" panel. This seems to dovetail nicely with the a few of the other panels, King especially, so I'm pleased to have a chance to discuss what makes haunted houses such as Shirley Jackson's Hill House, and Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves so compelling.
Finally, I've been given an opportunity to read some of my stories:) This is an awesome privilege as I've had a decent number of pieces come out this year (or scheduled to appear).
I'll be keeping you all apprised of how plans go. Expect a few posts on the topics described above and I hope to see you at the convention! It promises to be a great one.