In about a month, I’ll be driving east to participate in the 52nd annual Boskone. It’s been a couple of years since my last Boskone, and I’m very much looking forward to it. This is my schedule:
Great Horror for Teens and Tweens
Saturday 11:00 – 11:50, Burroughs (Westin)
Teen fiction is more than BFFs, family issues, and dystopias. A whole lot more. There is a world of dark and dangerous beings who walk the night and infest the pages of teen and tween horror. Panelists share the books that inspired them to love reading and writing horror. Does adult and teen horror differ? Is there a line that should or shouldn’t be crossed? What new stories are coming out that you should be reading?
John Langan (M), Christopher Golden, Jack M. Haringa, Sarah Langan, Paul G. Tremblay
Autographing: Jeffrey Carver, John Langan, Marjorie Liu, Michael Swanwick
Saturday 13:00 – 13:50, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)
Jeffrey A. Carver, John Langan, Michael Swanwick, Marjorie Liu
The Children of Metamorphosis
Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Marina 4 (Westin)
A hundred years ago, Gregor Samsa awoke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic dung beetle. Franz Kafka was a fairly obscure writer at the time, but his fiction has since helped to transform literature as it challenged preconceptions about what could be done and how it might be done. What other stories of personal “metamorphosis” have since been published that echo or reflect Kafka’s masterpieces? Panelists discuss “Metamorphosis” (1915), Franz Kafka as an author, and his literary legacy.
James Patrick Kelly (M), F. Brett Cox, Sarah Langan, John Langan, Darrell Schweitzer
Notes for Participant(s)
An interesting link in the Paris Review written by David Cronenberg http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/01/17/the-beetle-and-the-fly/
Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem
Saturday 20:00 – 20:50, Burroughs (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 do dark fiction and horror help generate or amplify those nail-biting moments that make readers blaze through a story to see how it ends?
Leigh Perry (M), Dana Cameron, John Langan, Paul G. Tremblay
Reading: John Langan
Saturday 21:00 – 21:25, Griffin (Westin)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Marina 2 (Westin)
From comics to movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has succeeded in keeping comic book fans interested and engaging new ones. With the weekly television show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the reach extends. How does the show expand the storytelling toolkit of comics and/or the movies? Which elements have been successful and which could use some improvement?
Jack M. Haringa (M), LJ Cohen, Jim Mann, Marshall Ryan Maresca, John Langan
Kaffeeklatsch: John Langan
Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1 (Westin)
If you’re around and can afford it, think about dropping by, and if you do, please say hi.