Here’s what I’ll be doing at WorldCon in September. If you’re going to be there, please drop by and say hello.
Thursday 2 September – 3pm – Room 210
Why Australia is More Horrifying Than Anywhere Else
The weather, the reptiles, what it took to get here today—the tallest
tales and most salacious facts, for the edification of our overseas
Alan Baxter, Will Elliott, Kirstyn McDermott, Chuck McKenzie, Andrew McKiernan
Friday, 3 September – 4pm – Room 203
Book Launch – Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears
Saturday, 4 September – 11am – Room 203
Book Launch – Scenes from the Second Storey
Saturday, 4 September – 4pm – Room 201
Author Signing Session
Sunday, 5 September – 12pm (noon) – Room 212
3D Cinema: Revolution or Novelty?
With Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and Clash of the Titans leading the
box office for the first half of 2010, it would appear that 3D cinema
may be around for a while. Is it a genuine revolution in filmmaking,
or simply a cynical attempt by the studios to part audiences with more
of their money? What – if anything – does 3D offer to filmmakers. Do
we need a new visual language for the next generation of cinema?
K. J. Taylor, Tee Morris, Kirstyn McDermott, Darren Maxwell
Sunday, 5 September – 1pm – Room 213
Has Hollywood Sucked the Vampires Dry?
Adaptations of the Twilight novels are topping the global box office.
TV dramas such as True Blood and The Vampire Diaries are big hits. In
one form or another, the vampire has been a mainstay of film and
television since the days of Nosferatu. After so many decades, and so
many variations on a theme, is there anything left for vampires to do?
An examination of the vampire in film, TV and popular culture: where
it is now and where it could – and should – be going.
Marianne de Pierres, Catherynne M. Valente, Lara Morgan, Kirstyn McDermott
Monday, 6 September – 12pm – Room 219
How can there be Australian Gothic stories when the nation is new and
sunburnt rather than dark, old and gloomy?
Robert Hood, Erica Hayes, Terry Dowling, Kirstyn McDermott, Lucy Sussex
Monday, 6 September – 3pm – Room 207