Summer Begins with Stoker Con

Guilty as charged — broke the posting twice a month goal.  This April was an extreme wearing on the soul as teaching took every particle of concentration I could muster but that is done, grades are in, the semester is over.  Biggest achievement on the academic level was a great success with my KCHU 330: Genre Studies — Weird Fiction. We now have 28 more devotees to Lord Dunsay and Clark Ashton Smith!

Now StokerCon19 — sending this summary out today as tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I do not want to compete with their honor on social media.

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Thursday started with “Whatever Walked There, Walked Alone”: Bad Places in Contemporary Horror.  As I teach “Hill House” every year this was a must and featured a great panel of writers including Nicole Cushing.

Friday had more excitement — Turn Your Fiction World into an RPG, Beyond the Sale: Working with Editors (with Ellen Datlow on the panel), Exit Stage Death: Writing Horror for the Stage.  This was an unforgettable treat and I encountered the thoroughly convincing Kyla Lee Ward for the first time. (I also scored a copy of The Land of Bad Dreams after and am now totally converted to her mastery of the strange.)

Today, last day — Weird Poetry panel, Going Wide — How to Reach an International Audience with E-Books by PublishDrive (awesome), 100 Years of Horror Movies: The Legacy of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Darce Stoker’s 120 Years of Dracula.  Excellent presentation, amazing depth of knowledge & research, and he (and J. D. Barker) signed my copy of Dracul.

As for the rest of April (and May), have many submissions out and more to go.  This month also… the pending release of Realms of Fantasy SIII: Perils & Prowess (meanwhile enjoy Mythopoeia’s May D&D Sale).

P.S. — remember Wilum Hopfrog. Pugmyr (1951 – 2019).

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