A few months ago, the fine folks at Nightmare magazine contacted me to ask if I’d contribute a column to their “H Word” section. I said I’d be happy to, in part because I’d been thinking of writing an essay about Shirley Jackson’s influence. It’s up at the magazine for free right now.
This coming Saturday, I’ll be heading down to Westchester to take part in my first Lunacon. Here’s what I’m scheduled for:
10:00am Hudson The Plausible Implausible: Many of the staples of our genre are impossible – FTL, magic, psychic powers… the list is endless. How do we make it seem plausible? What makes them work in a novel without becoming the author’s deus ex machina?
11:00am Dutchess Reading
7:00pm Sleepy Hollow Children Are Afraid of Monsters: Children Are Afraid of Monsters, but it’s Worse to Be One. How do you write about a monster? How do you write a really scary monster??? We discuss going into the depths of fear, and what it takes to survive.
I’m looking forward to seeing some cool cats including Nick Kaufmann, Karen Heuler, Chandler Klang Smith, and Rick Bowes. If you’re at the con, please say hello.