This weekend, I’ll be attending Boskone 53. I love Boskone: it’s a chance to see many good friends, and I always feel it helps to break up the winter’s bleakness. Here’s my tentative schedule, should you happen to be at the convention:
The Wonderful World of Horror Lit
Friday 19:00 – 19:50, Marina 2 (Westin)
Sure, zombies are cool! But horror assumes many other shapes and forms, from psychological thrillers by Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock to more gory (or ghostly) tales by Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson. Once pronounced DOA on bookstore shelves, horror still thrillingly refuses to die. Panelists discuss favorite horror fiction, from the icons that raised the genre and the up-and-coming writers we should read today … plus what might terrify us tomorrow.
F. Brett Cox (M), Jordan Hamessley, Jack M. Haringa, John Langan, James Moore
Noir at the Bar Special Edition Boskone
Friday 21:30 – 22:20, Galleria-Stage (Westin)
Noir at the Bar comes to Boskone for a special night of reading and fun with our noir, crime, mystery, and horror writers. Hosted by Chris Irvin and Errick Nunnally.
Chris Irvin (M), Errick Nunnally (M), Dana Cameron, Christopher Golden, John Langan, Sarah Langan, James Moore, Melinda Snodgrass, Paul G. Tremblay
Autographing: Thomas Kidd, E.J. Stevens, John Langan
Saturday 10:00 – 10:50, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)
Thomas Kidd, E.J. Stevens, John Langan
_The Grimm Future_ — The Anthology Group Reading
Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Griffin (Westin)
NESFA Press presents a special reading for this year’s Boskone Book: The Grimm Future, edited by Erin Underwood. This exciting new anthology of reimagined Grimm’s fairy tales brings you 14 original short stories with a science fictional twist. The Grimm Future features cover art by Boskone 53’s Official Artist, Richard Anderson, and original stories by Guest of Honor Garth Nix as well as program participants Dana Cameron, Max Gladstone, Carlos Hernandez, John Langan, and Peadar Ó Guilín.
Erin Underwood (M), Carlos Hernandez, Max Gladstone, Peadar Ó Guilín, John Langan, Dana Cameron, Garth Nix
Dark Fairy Tales
Saturday 17:00 – 17:50, Burroughs (Westin)
Most of the beloved fairy tales we tell our children are sanitized versions of stories intended for mature audiences only. We can write the graphic violence and debauchery out of these tales — but should we? What gets lost when we blunt the sharp edges of Cinderella’s story? There’s much to learn about the human condition from these rich sources of psychological drama. And some fine authors have subverted and reimagined the old tales to make them new again. Let’s discuss tales we know and those we may have overlooked.
John Langan (M), Jack M. Haringa, Hillary Monahan, James Moore, E.J. Stevens
Boskone Book Party
Saturday 18:00 – 19:20, Galleria-Stage (Westin)
Join us for Boskone’s Multi-Author Book Party, see what’s new from authors you love, and discover new favorites. Boskone is also launching three NESFA Press books tonight: The Collected Stories of Poul Anderson Vol 7, Conspiracy!, and The Grimm Future. (Authors and publishers with a new book and a current Boskone membership are welcome to take part; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.)
D L Carter, Tom Easton, Grady Hendrix, Carlos Hernandez, E. C. Ambrose, Judith K. Dial, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Cerece Rennie Murphy, N.A. Ratnayake, Erin Underwood
Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem
Saturday 20:00 – 20:50, Marina 2 (Westin)
Dark fiction and suspense are natural bedfellows. What is it about their synergy that works so well? How do you walk the line between mystery and suspense when there are monsters tearing their way through the plot? And how does dark fiction and horror help to generate or amplify those nail-biting moments that make readers blaze through a story to see how it ends?
Paul G. Tremblay (M), Dana Cameron, Craig Shaw Gardner, Leigh Perry, John Langan
Notes for Participant(s)
This panel was cancelled last year due to snow. So, we’re adding it again this year.
Kaffeeklatsch 2: John Langan
Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Harbor I-Kaffeeklatsch 2 (Westin)
I’m especially pleased to be present for the book launch of The Grimm Future, edited by Erin Underwood, in which I’m happy to have a story. The contributors were asked to pick one of the Grimm brothers’ stories and re-imagine it in a fantastic way. I chose the Brave Little Tailor, which I reconfigured as a steampunk tale set in 1930’s Kansas, involving an invading army from the Earth’s core and a heroine with a jetpack and a raygun.
As always, if you’re around, please come up and say hello.