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Saturday, June 17 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
"I well remembered the words of my father": Fathers and Fatherhood In Horror

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Mary Shelley made the fathers and the role of fatherhood central to the horror genre. In honor of Father's Day, join us for a wide-ranging exploration of the significance of fathers and paternal figures in horror. How have fathers stood in for the violence and manipulation of patriarchal norms—and what is the potential to overcome those familiar symbols? How do we reckon with the "fathers" of horror and inheritances they have left to us? How does horror enable us to confront assumptions about gender, power, and traditional family dynamics? While our discussion will surely consider the historic role of male parents, this is a panel that welcomes fathers, dads, and role models of all genders.

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Bridget Keown

Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Bridget Keown is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and is the head of the Gender and Science Initiative. She earned her PhD in history at Northeastern University, where her research focused on the... Read More →

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Eric J. Guignard

Gentleman Extraordinaire, Dark Moon Books
Eric J. Guignard is a writer and anthologist of dark and speculative fiction, operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles, where he also runs the small press Dark Moon Books. He’s twice won the Bram Stoker Award, won the Shirley Jackson Award, and been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and International Thriller Writers Award.He has over 100 stories appearing in publications around the world and has edited and published nine anthologies, most... Read More →
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John Edward Lawson

President, Horror Writers Association
John Edward Lawson is an author, artist, and musician from Maryland. His work has been nominated for the Dwarf Stars, Rhysling, Stoker, and Wonderland Awards in addition to the Pushcart Prize. For his work as an editor John received the 2018 HWA Specialty Press Award. He currently... Read More →
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Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a licensed professional counselor who has worked in behavioral health for over 20 years. He is the author of On the Lips of Children, All Smoke Rises, and Milk-Blood, as well as the editor of (and contributor to) Lullabies... 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 →

Saturday June 17, 2023 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT