Horror Roundtable 16: Horror History 101
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When: 23 February, 2014
Time: 8pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)
Horror History 101
Who are the founding fathers of the horror genre, and what is it about their work that allows it to stand the test of time? Let’s look at some of the iconic figures in the horror fiction genre, books and short stories that are required reading for all those who love the genre. But let’s do that from a global perspective. We will go as far back in time as we can, and then fly forward to the present day, illuminating along the way crucial moments and writers in the genre. It’s a history lesson 101.
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James Doig works at the National Archives of Australian in Canberra. He has edited several anthologies and single author collections of horror and supernatural stories by early Australian authors, including Australian Ghost Stories (Wordsworth, 2010) and Ghost Stories and Mysteries of Ernest Favenc (Borgo, 2012). He has also published articles in journals like Wormwood, All Hallows and Studies in Australian Weird Fiction on forgotten authors of horror and the supernatural such as Lionel Sparrow, “Keith Fleming”, Reginald Hodder, H.T.W. Bousfield, Helen Simpson and R.R. Ryan. He has a Ph.D in medieval history from the University of Swansea, Wales.
Douglas E. Winter – Publisher’s Weekly has hailed Doug Winter as “the nation’s most accomplished critic of horror, dark fantasy, and dark crime.” His books include the only authorized biographies/critiques of Stephen King (Stephen King: The Art of Darkness) and Clive Barker (Clive Barker: The Dark Fantastic); the Book of the Month Club’s “Best Suspense Novel of the Year,” Run; and the best-selling anthologies Prime Evil and Revelations. Doug’s short fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the Bram Stoker Award, and has twice won the International Horror Award. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and has contributed more than 300 articles and reviews to major newspapers and magazines in the United States and Europe.
Yvette Tan didn’t know that she was writing horror until people started telling her that her stories gave them nightmares. Her first book, ‘Waking the Dead,’ is a collection of short fiction in English, while her second, ‘Kaba (Fear),’ is a collection of flash fiction in Tagalog. She has been noted as one of the people who popularized horror fiction in English in the Philippines.
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