Readercon, My Favorite Speculative Convention « New England Horror Writers

This past weekend in Burlington, Massachusetts I attended Readercon, a conference as they describe it, devoted to

“imaginative literature” — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called “slipstream.”

This is one of my favorite speculative cons as it is devoted like my other favorites, Necon and Anthocon to literature–no cosplay, no gaming, and almost no media (there’s plenty of talk about movies in panels because movies can inform prose story-telling, but no movie panels). Although the conference is usually weighted a little more toward Sci-Fi and Fantasy than horror and slipstream, there are excellent horror writers in attendance like Gemma Files, Laird Barron, and Nick Mamatas, to name only a few, and the guests of honor this year were dark fiction legends, Peter Straub and Caitlin Kiernan. Sadly, I will have to defer to other NEHW contributors for a recap of Mr. Straub’s contributions to the con as his panels and readings were concurrent with other panels I attended. Instead, let me give you a short recap of the high points from the panels I attended.

Read the full essay here: Readercon, My Favorite Speculative Convention « New England Horror Writers.

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~ by poǝןɔɐɯ uǝʞɔɐɹq on 18/07/2012.

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