It's time to talk Crypticon and the schedule. You can find the whole schedule here. Let's get specific and talk about where I will be and when I will be there.
2 p.m., Saturday, Alpine Room: Soska Sisters interview. We'll have plenty to talk about, including the June 12th release of their first action movie VENDETTA.
5 p.m., Saturday, Columbia A: Writing Horror. The other panelists are Jason Andrew, Jeff Ferrell, Jennifer Brozek, and Michael Montoure. Description: No. Do NOT write that story about the mugging victim who turns out to be a vampire/werewolf /demon /serial killer. It seems like every story has been told and retold a thousand times, so how do you create something new? What makes for a good plot? How do you make your characters believable and not cliches?
10 p.m., Saturday, Alpine Room: Stephen King Retrospective. I'm the moderator with panelists Jason Andrew, Crystal Connor, Katie Cord, and Kelly Young. Description: Most of us love Big Steve, whether we admit it or not. His characterization and world building skills are unparalleled. His narratives are wildly varied, and still scary as hell. Let’s talk about our favorite books and movie adaptations.
2 p.m., Sunday, Columbia A: Living with Horror. Again, I'll be moderating with panelists Adrian Bourne, Paul Malleck, and William Bivens. Description: You love horror, but your partner faints at the sight of blood. Or maybe you have little kids, and you want to gently introduce them to the world of horror, but there’s opposition in your family. Or you’re a young horror fan, but your parents think the genre will rot your brain. It’s not always easy being a horror-loving family person. Let’s swap stories.
3 p.m., Sunday, Columbia A: Horror and Body Modification. Panelists include Satyros Phil Brucato, Malcolm Findley, Charlie Krueger, and Julie McGalliard. Description: Body modification (and mutilation) has been present in horror movies and fiction for ages. (Frankenstein, anyone?) More recently, voluntary body modification has become a powerful storytelling device in horror, whether it’s presented as transcendent or terrifying.
When I'm not talking, you can find me at When the Dead Books' table, selling copies of GIVE: An Anthology of Anatomical Entries. Buy a copy and get it signed by me, co-editor Michelle Kilmer, and if you're nice, we'll point to some of the other amazing authors in the book who will be attending the convention.
But if I'm not there, I might be sitting on other panels or checking out the films offered, which you should do, too. One that I won't miss is the Carpe Noctem 20th Anniversary panel featuring Thom, Catia, and Connor Carnell. I have the commemorative magazine they produced for the anniversary and it is brilliant. Dark and beautiful. They'll be speaking at 6 p.m., Saturday, in the Horizon room.
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