October 27th, 2009

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World Fantasy Convention 2009

So, for the first time in almost 11 years, hntrpyanfar and I will be spending Halloween apart. Feels strange, that. She's sticking around San Antonio, while I fly off to chilly San Jose, California to attend my first evar World Fantasy Convention. The guest roster reads like a Who's Who of fantasy (might I actually meet Robert Silverberg? GULP! Author of Book of Skulls, one of my fav fantasy novels, as well as many, many, many other books? Or Connie Willis? Another GULP! Or . . .), but it should be fun!

I volunteered for panels, not expecting to actually be on any. However, much to my surprise, my number got called:

Friday 4:00 PM Gold Room Overlooked Early Writers of the Supernatural
Authors like A. Merritt, M.R. James, Ambrose Bierce and Robert Chambers are among the many often overlooked contributors to our modern view of fantasy and horror. In many ways they are the link between Poe and our current sensibility. Who are the notable and even lesser known authors of the supernatural and macabre 19th and early 20th centuries and what were their contributions to our field?
Jim Young (moderator), Bob Brown, Adam Niswander, Daniel R Robichaud, Barbara Roden

When I first heard about this, I was in full on panic mode (with a touch of "Me? On a panel at WFC? ME? How! Cool!"), but now that I've have a chance to sit down and put together some ideas, I am feeling much more mellow. Eager even. Curious to expand my reading list as well as share my own (as well as taste, once more, some freewheeling panel joy).

If you're heading to WFC, feel free to drop by and say "Howdy!" or whatever greeting is preferred in your neck of the woods.