This coming weekend, I’ll be making my annual trip to Boston to take part in Boskone 54. Here’s my schedule:
The Horror Boom and the Second Wave
Friday 20:00 – 21:00, Harbor II (Westin)
Horror boomed in the 1970s and 1980s, before fading into subplots within romance, SF, and fantasy, as critics proclaimed, “Horror is dead!” Fortunately, horror is too clever — and necessary — to be beaten by Death. In fact, horror is back, bigger and badder than ever! The Second Wave of horror is hot, and it’s unabashedly horror again. What drove the first horror boom? What “killed” it? What fearsome forces are driving this Second Wave?
Jack M. Haringa (M), Don Pizarro, Christopher Golden, John Langan, Grady Hendrix
Friday 21:00 – 22:00, Harbor II (Westin)
Victorian vampires were more than just bloodsuckers. They had style. They had charisma. They had that special, unmistakable something. What is it that keeps us coming back for more? Why are these creatures such a perfect fit for this time period? Will their allure endure, or will they fade into the dusty annals of horror history?
John Langan, Hillary Monahan, Theodora Goss (M), F. Brett Cox, E.J. Stevens, Lauren Roy
Reading by John Langan
Saturday 10:30 – 11:00, Independence (Westin)
Kaffeeklatsch: John Langan
Saturday 13:00 – 14:00, Harbor I – Kaffeeklatsch 1 (Westin)
100 Years of Shirley Jackson
Saturday 15:00 – 16:00, Marina 4 (Westin)
Happy birthday, Shirley! Born 100 years ago and dying aged only 48, the author of “The Lottery” and other modern Gothic tales remains one of the most important — and possibly most underrated — American authors of the last century. What writers have felt her unsettling influence? Why can she still send a chill down the spines of today’s readers? Let’s celebrate Shirley Jackson’s first century, and the lasting and dramatic effect her work has had on our fictions.
Maryelizabeth Yturralde (M), John Langan, Jack M. Haringa, F. Brett Cox, Grady Hendrix
New England: The Legend, The Lore, The Mystery
Saturday 17:00 – 18:00, Marina 3 (Westin)
New England is often a setting in speculative fiction. What is it about this place that makes it so full of wonder … and dread? It’s a magical location beyond the page or screen. Let’s talk about the real mysteries, legends, lore, and supernatural goings-on here in New England.
Peter Muise (M), Theodora Goss, John Langan, Jeremy Flagg, F. Brett Cox
A Muddle of Mad Scientists
Saturday 20:00 – 21:00, Burroughs (Westin)
From Dr. Frankenstein to Dr. Faustus, Mrs. Coulter to Dr. Horrible, genre fiction is filled with a long list of the crazily creative geniuses known as mad scientists. Why do we love them? What makes the mad scientist character so appealing in horror, comedy, and everything in between? Join us for a mad, mad discussion featuring some of our favorite screwy scientists/inventors from the past, present, and future.
Jordin T. Kare, Debra Doyle, John P. Murphy (M), Kristin Janz, John Langan
_Fantastic Beasts_ and the World of Harry Potter
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, Harbor III (Westin)
Join our discussion about the latest movie set in J.K. Rowling’s magical world: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. What can we extrapolate from the previous films to hint at the planned new five-movie series? Although the protagonist is an adult, how much of the story will revolve around Ilvermory, the American wizarding school? How wide are the horizons of the Potterverse likely to expand?
Julia Rios, Sarah Smith, John Langan, Tim Szczesuil (M), Michael Stearns
Autographing: John Langan, Brandon Sanderson, Robert J. Sawyer, Dave Seeley
Sunday 13:00 – 14:00, Galleria – Autographing (Westin)
Robert J. Sawyer, Brandon Sanderson, John Langan, Dave Seeley
Edgar Rice Burroughs: _A Princess of Mars_
Sunday 14:00 – 15:00, Marina 1 (Westin)
You stare at the Red Planet as it drifts through the sky … and if you’re lucky, you’ll find yourself on Mars. Revisit Barsoom, and meet up with Thuvia, the Master Mind, savage Green Martians — and (of course) the incomparable Dejah Thoris.
Priscilla Olson (M), Ms Melinda Snodgrass, Ken MacLeod, John Langan, Paul Di Filippo
I’m looking forward to a lot of great conversations. If you’re around, please say hello.