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NecronomiCon 2017 Schedule

This August 17th through 20th I’ll be making my biennial pilgrimage down to Providence, Rhode Island, to participate in the programming for NecronomiCon, the International Festival of Weird Fiction, Art and Academia, as I’ve done every year since its founding.

This year marks an exciting change at the conference. Whereas in previous years the panels and talks have been focused primarily on the works of H.P. Lovecraft and his influences and influencers, this year the committee has chosen to open the topics to those more encompassing of the Weird, the Fantastic, the Fabulist. In short, what was once a convention for one subculture now encompasses many, and much like the fiction it celebrates, the conference finds itself filled with artists and topics that fit neither wholly within the World Horror Convention, or the World Fantasy Convention. It sits between them (even temporally, considering the time of year).

All this is to say it promises to be an exciting adventure for all those who attend.

As I mentioned, I’ll be there as part of the programming. The below outlines those events I’m committed to, but I’ll also be lurking the hallways of the various locales and ducking into the multitude of interesting panels throughout the weekend.

Without further ado, my schedule for the upcoming event:

  • Friday August 18th – 3:00-4:15pm: Shadows and Tall Trees Launch Party
    L’Apogee, Biltmore 17th Floor, with Robert Levy, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Michael Kelly, where I’ll be reading a short excerpt from my story “In the Tall Grass”.
  • Saturday, August 19th – 6:00-7:15pm: Looming Low Launch Party
    L’Apogee, Biltmore 17th Floor, with Michael Griffen, Livia Llewellyn, Anya Martin, Michael Wehunt, Justin Steele, and Sam Cowan, where I won’t be reading but instead hovering and showing my support as a contributor to the book.
  • Sunday, August 20th – 9-10:15am FABULISM IN CONTEMPORARY WEIRD FICTION
    Garden Room, Biltmore 2nd Floor, with Craig Gidney, J.T. Glover, Kij Johnson, Nnedi Okorafor, and Peter Straub, where I’ll be moderating a panel discussion on what Fabulism is and how it affects modern weird and strange horror fiction.
  • Sunday, August 20th – 3:00-4:15pm THE BLEAK OBLIQUE: Aickman’s Influence on Contemporary Horror
    Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor, with Michael Cisco, Paul Di Filippo, Jack Haringa, and Steve Rasnic Tem, where I’ll be moderating a panel discussion on the work and life of Robert Aickman, one of the major influences on contemporary strange fiction.

I hope everyone who attends finds these discussions and events illuminating, and enjoys the full range of fantastic programming. I look forward to seeing you all there.

NecronomiCon 2013, Providence, RI

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NecronomiCon has come and gone, and I must say it turned out fairly well. As with any first time convention, there were a few bugs to work out (such as missing name tags, and programming that felt a bit too spread out) but overall none of these issues proved too disruptive. For the most part the convention offered me what I most wanted — a chance to catch up with some old friends and some new.

Above is a photograph from the panel I was invited to participate on, sitting alongside my good friend, Richard Gavin, and Jonathan Thomas. Also on the panel with me were Lois Gretch, and Daniel Mills. The panel’s edict was to discuss modern mythos fiction, though I fear we centred more on the generic “weird”. At times, the discussion was a bit heated, but I think that helped keep the conversation interesting to those watching. Nothing worse than a dull panel where everyone agrees with each other.

Though evening activities were planned by the organizers, I instead spent mine in the company of friends I don’t see nearly enough, namely John Langan, Laird Barron, Paul Trembly, Jack Haringa, and Michael Cisco.

This convention also gave me the chance to meet a lot of people I’ve known before strictly from online life. Technology has allowed us all to make these connections, but in many ways they don’t seem substantial until an opportunity presents itself for an in-the-flesh meeting. Thus, I was able to solidify my connections with some truly lovely people such as Joseph Pulver, Scott Nicolay, Nick Gucker, Shawn Bagley, Selena Chambers, Justin Steele, Mike Griffin, and Tom Lynch.

I managed to find time amid the celebrations and talks to indulge in a little shopping, and purchased a copy of Michael Aronovitz’s ALICE WALKS and a suburb Cthulhu statue from Joe Broers.

NecronomiCon was a convention a long time in the making, and the organizers did a fantastic job bringing people together for it. There are rumours of a sequel in 2015, and if so I imagine that event will be a must for everyone interested in the Lovecrafian weird. Me, I’m still trying to recover.