World Horror Convention, Austin, Texas, April 28-May 1

Posted by Glennis Byron on April 17, 2011 in News tagged with

This year’s World Horror Convention is to be held in Austin, Texas, April 28 – May 1. Special guests include Steve Niles, Joe Hill, Sarah Langan, Joe R. Lansdale, Vincent Chong and Brian Keene.

If you are lucky enough to be in the area, you’ll find a programme full of interesting sessions. Hard to choose, but if I was going I think I’d be heading for these first:

The Horror of the Academy, 5:00 PM Friday, April 29, with SJ Chambers (M), Stephen Graham Jones, Helen Marshall, Chesya Burke, John Langan, Matt Cardin:

The Gothic is a major part of literary history, but that doesn’t mean you can write a term paper about last week’s horror paperback and get away with it. What’s the state of literary criticism’s relationship with horror today, and what’s the best way for horror-loving students and scholars to navigate the academy?

Frightening Small Children 4:00 PM Friday, April 29, with Jordan Hamessley (M), Joel A. Sutherland, Lynne Hansen, Dottie Enderle:

It sounds easy, but it’s not, if only because parents and teachers are lurking behind every corner, ready to ruin the fun. How do authors approach writing horror for children and middle-grade readers, and what’s hot in this section of the market today?

Vampire Mega-Panel. 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Saturday, April 30, with David Wellington, Nate Southard (M), Marcus Pelegrimas, Joe Garden, Colleen Anderson, Steve Niles:

Scary. Sexy. Grotesque. Dreamy. Vampires are the unquestioned champs of horror monsters, and they are everywhere. This extended panel will look at all things vampire as they continue to dominate the dark side.

Commonwealth Horror. 3:00 PM Saturday, April 30 with Simon Strantzas, Brett Savory, Allyson Bird, Gary McMahon (m), Simon Clark:

Does horror from the nations of the Commonwealth of Nations—Great Britain, Canada, Australia, etc. —read differently from horror from the US, or other parts of the world? Is there such a thing as a Commonwealth aesthetic, and if so, what is it? Do the minority Anglophone members of the Commonwealth such as Cyprus or India have a commonwealth aesthetic?

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