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Friday, May 10 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Horror Comics in the New Millennium

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In the 1950s, horror comics employed the commonly horrific—vampires, zombies, ghosts, werewolves—to explore themes of paranoia/McCarthyism, threats of foreign invasion, the dangers of promiscuity. Changes in Post-World War II society that some people saw as threatening the status quo.  In the new millennia, comics like Come Into Me (social media) and Infidel (racism) have risen in popularity and explore new social issues. Join our panelists as they discuss this how the themes of horror comics have changed over the years, and what they think the future holds.

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James Chambers

Co-Chair, StokerCon™ 2022, Horror Writers Association
James Chambers was co-chair of StokerCon 2018. He is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the original graphic novel Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe as well as the Lovecraftian novella collection, The Engines of Sacrifice, described in a Publisher’s... Read More →

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Crystal O'Leary-Davidson

Professor of English, Middle Georgia State University
Talk to me about the Gothic, horror films from the '70s on, role-playing games like Vampire: the Masquerade or Dungeons and Dragons, and women in horror. I write on film and comics, the Gothic, and I write fiction under the name C. O. Davidson. I'm a founding member of the Atlanta... Read More →
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Weston Ochse

The American Library Association calls Weston Ochse “one of the major horror authors of the 21 st Century,*” because of his undeniably sophisticated capacity to recognize and manipulate his characters’ motivations. Whether he’s writing horror, science fiction, or thrillers... Read More →
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Chad Stroup

Chad Stroup is the author of the novels Secrets of the Weird (Grey Matter Press) and Sexy Leper (Bizarro Pulp Press). His stories have appeared in various anthologies, such as Chiral Mad 4, Lost Films, and Splatterlands, and his debut comic series, Hag, is forthcoming from American... Read More →

Friday May 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Berkey Room