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Saturday, May 11 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Clive Barker's Books of Blood — 35 years on

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When Clive Barker published The Books of Blood in 1984, horror fiction readers took to its storytelling power, diversity of setting and character, and astonishing gore. As 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of The Books, their power and relevance persist. What are some of your choice stories? What do you think of some of their adaptation to film? What might explain Barker's path from theater to horror fiction to film directing? Do you have any technical/craft issues with some of the stories? What from them inspires you? What do The Books suggest about life during the Thatcher/Reagan era? Barker was one of the first dark/fantasy fiction authors to come out as gay before it was fully above-ground in mainstream Western culture--did you see his work in a different light than other writers?

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Larissa Glasser

Larissa Glasser is a librarian-archivist from New England. She writes dark fiction centered on the lives of trans women, library science, and heavy metal. Her work is available in Transcendent 3: The Year's Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press) and Tragedy Queens... Read More →

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John Edward Lawson

Co-Founder, Raw Dog Screaming Press
John Edward Lawson was born in Washington, DC and currently divides his time between Bowie, Maryland and Broadkill Beach, Delaware. Over 500 stories, poems, and articles have been published worldwide. While he has been called “The forgotten black man of horror” he also regularly... Read More →

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Saturday May 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Emerald Room