I'm going to be participating in a few panels. If you plan on attending FOGcon 8, please drop on in and say hello :)
The Spectrum of Horror
3/9, Fri 8:00 - 9:15PM, Santa Rosa room
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein combined horror with science fiction. Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde blended social commentary with the horrors of addiction. Members of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Horror Writers Association will read from their own works to illustrate all the genres included under the mantle of horror.
Good Grimdark Done Well By Marginalized People
3/10, Sat 9:30-10:45pm, Salon A/B
Grimdark--a phrase coined by the game Warhammer 40k, and used most often in conjunction with cis, het, white male writers, especially G.R.R. Martin--is a genre often rightly criticized for how it supplies the grim and the dark. However, authors such as P.C. Hodgell, Kameron Hurley, Robin Hobb, and N.K. Jemison have made contributions to the category which are dark, grim, and exceptionally creative in the variety of ills that befall or are done to their characters. Why aren't they getting recognition in grimdark reading lists and thinkpieces? Does the gender and/or race and/or etc. of the writer affect our perception of what category their work belongs in? How does their marginalization seem to affect their work? Does it improve it? How, or how not?