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10/24/2003 Entry: "World Fantasy Convention in DC"

The 29th Annual World Fantasy Convention will be held in Washington D.C. over the Halloween weekend. Appropriately, the theme of this year's convention is "Dark Fantasy: Honorable Traditions which explores the interplay of diverse traditions in dark and other fantasy."

Some of the panels scheduled are:

  • Scaring the Little Monsters -- Dark fantasy for the young; what makes it scary, but not too scary.
  • Darkened Characters -- Are the characters in horror fantasy different than characters in other modes of fantasy? Must certain characteristics have been honed or suppressed in the protagonists or antagonists for the stories to have worked?
  • Werewolves: The New Vampires? -- Vampires are still thick on (or in) the ground, but werewolves seem to be the up and coming hero/villains. Why is this?
    and the very relevant
  • Passionate Crossovers -- Combinations of romance with the fantasy, horror, and sf genres are becoming commonplace. Is this something new or have they always been around? What are the pleasures and pitfalls of these crossovers?

    Appearing as panelist and giving readings are some of our favorite authors, including Jane Yolen, Catherine Asaro, Stephen R. Donaldson, Garth Nix and Lynn Flewelling. You'll also be able to meet Carol Berg, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Ellen Kushner, Patricia A McKillip, Jennifer Roberson, and Wen Spencer.

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