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Friday, June 16 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Dread and Desire

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Join panelists to discuss horrormance, erotic horror, and how desire mixed with dread can inspire some of the bloodiest tales. What is still considered taboo these days? We'll let the panelists tell us!

This session will be live-streamed to our virtual audience.

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Jessica Luke García

Jessica Luke García (any pronouns) is a non-binary queer writer, editor, and college dropout from the midwestern United States. For the last decade, they have worked under bestselling pen names in the romance industry as a ghostwriter and self-publisher. Their horror fiction can... Read More →

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Rae Knowles

Rae Knowles (she/her) is a queer woman with multiple works forthcoming from Brigids Gate Press. Her debut novel, The Stradivarius, is coming May ’23, her sapphic horror novella, Merciless Waters, is due out winter ’23, and her collaboration with April Yates, Lies That Bind, in... Read More →
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Michelle Renee Lane

Michelle Renee Lane holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and is an instructor for Speculative Fiction Academy. She writes dark speculative fiction about identity politics and women of color battling their inner demons while fighting/falling in love with... Read More →
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Briana Una McGuckin

Briana Una McGuckin has cerebral palsy, a concerningly large collection of perfume oils, and an MFA from Western Connecticut State University. Her debut novel, On Good Authority, is a kink-positive, below-stairs Victorian Gothic/Romantic Suspense novel. Her short fiction appears... Read More →
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Jessica McHugh

author, poet, discontent creator
Jessica McHugh is a 2x Bram Stoker Award-nominated poet, a multi-genre novelist, & an internationally-produced playwright who spends her days surrounded by artistic inspiration at a Maryland tattoo shop. She’s had twenty-nine books published in fourteen years, including her Elgin... Read More →
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Wrath James White

Guest of Honor
Wrath James White is a former World Class Heavyweight Kickboxer, a professional Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts trainer, distance runner, performance artist, and former street brawler, who is now known for creating some of the most disturbing works of fiction in print.​Wrath is... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2023 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Haselton I-II