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Friday, May 10 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ambiguously Haunted Houses

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2019 marks the 120th and 60th anniversaries of The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House, respectively. Both are renowned classics in horror literature, both were recently adapted anew for television, and both feature haunted houses--or do they? Each novel remains open-ended as to whether the purported ghosts actually exist or are products of the characters' imaginations, relying on subtlety and unreliable narrators rather than gore or explicit, externalized terrors to make an impact.  This panel will explore the enduring appeal of both works. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the merits of the various adaptations of each novel, as well as similar novels and films within the genre. Further, the discussion can address relevant storytelling aspects (e.g., When is less more? When does ambiguity enrich a story and when does it confuse the audience?).

Moderators
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Marc Abbott

I’m the author of the YA novel The Hooky Party and the children’s book Etienne and the Stardust Express. My short story’s “Welcome to Brooklyn, Gabe” and “A Marked Man” are featured in the 2018 horror anthology’s New York State of Fright and Hell’s Heart. I’m the... Read More →

Speakers
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Weston Ochse

Author
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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Kathe Koja

KATHE KOJA is a novelist, playwright, performer, director and independent producer. Her work crosses and combines genres, from horror to historical to YA. Her novels—including The Cipher, Bad Brains, Skin, Strange Angels, Going Under, The Blue Mirror, the Under the Poppy trilogy... Read More →
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Kaaron Warren

Shirley-Jackson Award Winner Kaaron Warren published her first short story in 1993 and has had stories in print every year since. She was Guest of Honour at World Fantasy Convention in 2018 and has been shortlisted for the Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award.Her stories have... Read More →



Friday May 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand View Room A

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