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Friday, May 10 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Representation in Horror: Writing Disabled, Disfigured, and Chronically Ill Characters CANCELLED

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The horror genre is full of disabled, disfigured, and chronically ill characters (e.g. A Quiet Place, Misery, Hush, The Shape of Water, and Before I Wake—just to name a few). But sometimes these portrayals fall short, playing into negative stereotypes or falling into “inspiration porn” that actually perpetuates stigma against disabled people. As horror writers, we can do better. At this panel, we’ll tackle a number of questions, including: What are some good (and bad) examples of disabled representation? What are the big pitfalls to be aware of, and how can a writer avoid them? Why does good representation matter? And, what are some tools that a writer can employ while creating a unique cast that is inclusive of these types of characters?

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KM Hammond

Writer. Cancer survivor. I'm sure I'll come up with something witty or impressive to put here later. :)


Friday May 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Berkey Room