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Friday, May 26
 

3:00pm

What Do We Mean By “Weird Fiction” Anyway?
Limited Capacity seats available

H. P. Lovecraft adopted the term from Sheridan LeFanu and popularized it in his essays. Although "weird fiction" has been chiefly used as a historical description for works through the 1930s, the term has also been increasingly used since the 1980s, sometimes to describe slipstream fiction that blends horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Is there any meaningful distinction between “the weird” and plain old fantasy & horror?

Moderators
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tenaya Jayne

Tenaya Jayne

Reading my bio, huh? Real life sucks. I bet you feel like that sometimes, maybe even right now. That’s why I write fantasy. I need to escape depression, bitterness, bills, illness…I could go on, but you get it. In the pages of fiction, I can slay the dragons, triumph over the... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Horror Novels/Stories Everyone Should Read
Limited Capacity seats available

What are some of the best horror stories? Come find out what you should be reading.

Moderators
Speakers
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a fake... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

7:00pm

The Difference between Preternatural, Supernatural and Paranormal
Limited Capacity seats available

Is there really a difference between these terms? And do they differ enough to actually matter when referring to what genre book you write? Where does horror fit into this discussion?

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Speakers
PR

P R Adams

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I joined the Air Force, and my career took me from coast to coast before depositing me in the St. Louis, Missouri area for several years. After a tour in Korea and a short return to the St. Louis area, I retired and moved to the greater Denver... Read More →
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →
MG

Marshall (Gale) Edwards

Marshall writes sci-fi, horror, and more with a taste for the heartfelt and uncanny. He's part of the old guard at Pine Float Press, a small press focused on "diverse, dynamic genre fiction". Edwards' first work was "Prairie City Response", a superhero comic that continues - glacially... Read More →
avatar for Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong

Dora grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and Batman. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. She started her creative career with poetry and animation, but it wasn't enough to paint the worlds and people that inhabit her brain... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

9:00pm

Horror Comics and Graphic Novels
Limited Capacity seats available

Another growing subgenre of horror is the graphic novel or comic. Come learn more about what’s out there, and who’s doing it well.

Moderators
Speakers
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Saturday, May 27
 

11:00am

20 Years of Buffy: How Whedon and Co. Changed the Face of Genre TV
Limited Capacity seats available

Joss Whedon's idea to turn horror tropes on their collective heads and create a story about a normal teenage girl growing to become the ultimate protector of humanity has touched many over the last 20 years. Join us as we explore how this series changed genre fiction and television for better (and worse) since its debut in 1997.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written for... Read More →

Speakers
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... Read More →
avatar for Deanna Sjolander

Deanna Sjolander

Beer slinging, craft maven, and all around good-time gal, Deanna Sjolander grew up in a small town in western Wisconsin. There wasn’t much to do there, but she found at an early age she could escape into adventures courtesy of her local library. Small town USA couldn’t contain... Read More →
CS

Caroline Spector

Over the past twenty-five years, Caroline Spector has published and edited numerous game modules, written three computer game hint books, published three novels in the Shadowrun/Earthdawn series, and has been working in the Wild Cards universe. In 2013, her essay, “Power and Feminism... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

The Evolution of the Zombie
Limited Capacity seats available

Slow zombies, fast zombies, undead zombies and plague zombies, over the years we’ve seen them all. The panel will discuss the evolution of the modern zombie in science, survival and pop culture. How has the mythos of the zombie evolved and where might it go next?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sara Kincaid

Sara Kincaid

Sara Kincaid may live in Kansas City, but her stories venture across time and through different worlds. Visit her website for more information and to check out her blog and books: www.writervsworld.com
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels... Read More →
avatar for Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna J. W. Munro has spent the last fifteen years teaching high school social studies immersed in the beauty and immediacy of teenage world building. Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction program, she published pieces in Every Day... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Horror Fiction and Xenophobia
Limited Capacity seats available

Horror from previous generations draws much of its power from the fear of the Other. In some cases the other is an unknowable being, a cosmic terror, but just as often it’s not, referencing instead more mundane distinctions between us and them. How problematic is the use of the Other to engender fear? Has fear of the Other led to some of the challenges genre faces today relative to inclusiveness and equality?

Moderators
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, PseudoPod Horror Podcast Magazine
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror... Read More →
avatar for Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna J. W. Munro has spent the last fifteen years teaching high school social studies immersed in the beauty and immediacy of teenage world building. Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction program, she published pieces in Every Day... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

7:00pm

Dark Fantasy vs. Horror
Limited Capacity seats available

Are these just marketing terms, or is there a valid distinction here? Is it possible
for a story to be one without being the other?

Moderators
KC

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins is the author of the Realm Walker urban fantasy series and the Whispered Tales twisted fairytales series. She describes herself as an author of all things fantasy, paranormal and romance. She lives in Kansas City in a house full of family and pets and can normally... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, PseudoPod Horror Podcast Magazine
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the Horror... Read More →
avatar for Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna J. W. Munro has spent the last fifteen years teaching high school social studies immersed in the beauty and immediacy of teenage world building. Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction program, she published pieces in Every Day... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

7:00pm

Monsters as Devourers
Limited Capacity seats available

Our cherished monsters, be they vampire, werewolf, or zombie, are driven by an insatiable appetite to devour what they once were, namely us. Is there a sacrificial/sacramental aspect to this hunger or is it firmly rooted in a psycho-sexual fixation. Perhaps it is simply the yearning to recover a lost humanity?

Moderators
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tenaya Jayne

Tenaya Jayne

Reading my bio, huh? Real life sucks. I bet you feel like that sometimes, maybe even right now. That’s why I write fantasy. I need to escape depression, bitterness, bills, illness…I could go on, but you get it. In the pages of fiction, I can slay the dragons, triumph over the... Read More →
avatar for Marisa Means

Marisa Means

Marisa Means, preeminent Professor of Yarn Arts, has been tangled in yarn for longer than she can remember, short term memory loss notwithstanding. She has taught knitting and crochet in several municipalities and annually crochets a snowstorm for one frozen fan. When she's not hooking... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Sunday, May 28
 

11:00am

One On One With Jonathan Maberry
Limited Capacity seats available

Bryan Thomas Schmidt interviews Jonathan Maberry live and also takes your questions.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Killing The Immortals and other Super Beings
Limited Capacity seats available

From video games, comics, television, and books, heroes will rise to kill or demolish demons, vampires, dragons, and even gods. Panelists will discuss why we like following these characters, what are some of the more inventive, silly, or gruesome ways people have gone about “getting the job done.”

Moderators
avatar for Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt has been a lifelong fan of the genre and of fandom. He is a writer and a home organizing consultant. He enjoys reading and watching a wide range of stories from high fantasy to hard science fiction and is willing to talk about those and everything in between. He also... Read More →

Speakers
TT

Tom Trumpinski

Tom Trumpinski is a retired scientist, author, and media critic. He worked at Fermilab on the particle detector that found the top quark and has spent much of his life examining the philosophies behind life in the universe and the implications of the Great Silence. He writes reviews... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Monsters!!!!
Limited Capacity seats available

Monster expert Jonathan Maberry talks monsters in film, literature, comic books, and more!

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels... Read More →

Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108