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Friday, June 16 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Perspectives on Mental Health in Horror

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World Health Organization data estimates that one in eight people live with a mental disorder (2022), and since literature reflects society, our characters and plots will also include mental illness. Panelists discuss what writers can do to reduce stigma and create understanding through the lens of horror literature, including cultural perspectives, lived experience, research, and learning.

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Lee Murray

Lee Murray is an author, editor, screenwriter, and poet from Aotearoa-New Zealand. A USA Today Bestselling Author, double Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson Award winner, she’s a serial panellist with a passion for horror. Read more at https://www.leemurray.info/... Read More →

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Sumiko Saulson

Social Media Manager, Horror Writers Association
Sumiko Saulson, authorWriter of Dark Speculative Fictionwwww.SumikoSaulson.comPronouns: ze/hir/hirsSumiko Saulson is a Bram Stoker and Elgin nominated poet and award-winning author of Afrosurrealist and multicultural sci-fi and horror. Author of the Bram Stoker nominated The Rat... Read More →
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Brian Matthews

Trustee; Bram Stoker Awards® Show Coordinator, Pitch Session Coordinator, Horror Writers Association
Author, financial planner, former psychologist, husband, and father. That pretty much sums it up.
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Anton Cancre

Anton Cancre is waaaaaay too obsessed with all of the Silent Hill games, weirdo italian movies and poop. Hence, the poetry collections, THIS STORY DOESN'T END THE WAY WE WANT ALL THE TIME, MEANINGLESS CYCLES IN A VICIOUS GLASS PRISON and HAIPOO: 7 POOSPECTIVES IN POOETRY. They also... Read More →
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Jessica Peter

Jessica Peter writes dark, haunted, and sometimes absurd short stories, novels, and poems. She's a social worker and health researcher who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada with her partner and their two black cats. You can find her writing in venues such as LampLight Magazine, The... Read More →
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Tim Waggoner

I’ve published over fifty novels and seven collections of dark fiction as well as media tie-ins. I’m a three-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, and I teach creative writing at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. People can talk to me about anything! But anything horror-related... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2023 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Brighton III-IV