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Friday, June 16 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Blowing Minds For A Living: Bizarro, Horror, and Weird Fiction

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The world is a weird place, and some of the best weird fiction reflects that. Bizarro is the genre of the genreless, mixing horror, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, literary fiction, pulp, absurdism, and a million pounds of pop culture savvy into a potent storytelling extravaganza. This panel will be a fun discussion with prominent authors in the horror and bizarro genres, and explore how concepts can be pushed and experimented on to find a new way to entertain readers.

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Michael Allen Rose

Bizarro Writers Association President
Michael Allen Rose is a writer, musician, and performance artist based in Chicago, IL. He has been involved in the bizarro scene for years, and hosts the annual Ultimate Bizarro Showdown at BizarroCon. He also makes industrial music under the name Flood Damage. He likes tea, cats... Read More →

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Nicole Cushing

Nicole Cushing is a Bram Stoker Award® winning novelist and a two-time nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award. Cemetery Dance will be publishing her new novella, The Plastic Priest, this December.
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Rick Claypool

I write absurdist horror. Author of TENTACLEHEAD (Bear Creek Press 2022), THE MOLD FARMER (Six Gallery Press 2020), and LEECH GIRL LIVES (Spaceboy Books 2017). Work described by Nick Mamatas as "If China Mieville wrote Saturday morning cartoons." He/him.
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Danger Slater

Writer guy. Good time party dude.
I'm an author and a performer and a good time party dude. I eat a lot of soup. I am soup.
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Charlene Elsby

Clash Books / Apocalypse Party
Charlene Elsby wrote Hexis, Affect, Psychros, Agyny, Musos, Letters to Jenny Just After She Died, and Bedlam. Her essays have appeared in Bustle Books and the LA Review of Books.

Friday June 16, 2023 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Ellwood I-II