My Boskone Schedule


Friday  6pm        Boston as Setting

Alexander Jablokov (M), Toni L. P. Kelner, Paul G. Tremblay

The subway line to Cambridge inspired H.P. Lovecraft to visions of subterranean Antarctic horror; Hal Clement drowned Beantown under dozens of feet of water. Why Boston? Who’s writing about here lately? What scenic SFnal possibilities does our fair city present? How can you convey its charm to readers who have never felt Boston’s balmy February breeze?

Friday  7pm   Seriously, Where *Do* Your Ideas Come From?
Lois McMaster Bujold, David Anthony Durham(M), Darlene Marshall, Paul G. Tremblay, Mary A. Turzillo

We know ideas don’t come from a mail box in upstate New York. So, seriously, where do they come from? Do you muse on “what if’s”? Are there personal inspirations for your tales? Do you find a particular setting evocative, and just waiting to be detailed in a story?

Friday  9pm        Zombie Readings
F. Brett Cox, Jack M. Haringa, John Langan (M), Paul G. Tremblay

As part of the Zombie Casino, we’re having an open reading of (hopefully horrific!) zombie-oriented material, either written or selected by our participants. Bring your own selections and join the hideous hilarity……

Saturday 1:30pm Griffin: Reading

Paul G. Tremblay

Saturday 2pm        Kaffeeklatsch
John Langan     Paul G. Tremblay

Sunday 12noon Lewis: The Proliferation of Weirdboiled Novels

John R. Douglas (m), Toni L. P. Kelner, Michael Swanwick, Paul G. Tremblay

While China Mieville might call this genre “noird,” he’s not the only one to notice a recent proliferation of noir/crime fiction gone weird. Think of Jedidiah Berry’s The Manual of Detection (think noir and Borges), Brian Evenson’s Last Days (think noir and Grand Guignol), China Mieville’s The City and The City (think noir, and well, Mieville), national book award winner Denis Johnson’s Nobody Move (serialized noir), Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice (think noir, and well, Pynchon), Jeff Vandermeer’s Finch (think noir and Ambergris) and from Small Beer Press, Vincent McCaffrey’s Hound. Why now? Is it an example of publishers trying to capitalize on a built-in market of mystery readers? In this instance, we choose a more optimistic outlook. Is it a sign that writers and readers aren’t satisfied with fiction always conforming to genre expectations? That more writers and readers want to mix and mash and muddy it all up?

Sunday 1pm Lewis: Where is Horror Now?

F. Brett Cox, Jack M. Haringa (m), John Langan, Paul G. Tremblay

An up-to-the-minute look at the field…..and where it’s going.



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8 responses to “My Boskone Schedule

  1. I love the idea of talking about this most recent spate of weirdboiled novels but I just want to point out that Hound doesn’t have a weird bone in its body despite being published by Small Beer Press.

  2. Another good one from 2009 would be Sandman Slim. Finch is like a noir fantasy. City and the City is like a police procedural fantasy. Sandman Slim is like a hardboiled fantasy.

    (I really should be working but I really do love this topic.)

    • thelittlesleep

      Thanks, Brian. Maybe I’ll try and get Sandman Slim read before the con.

      If you want to send me a list of titles, I’d be happy to share them with the panel.

    • thelittlesleep

      I’m going to be sure to mention CHEW as well. I loved the first trade-collection.

  3. William Gerke

    I just wanted to drop by and say thanks for the “Weirdboiled” panel at Boskone. It was easily one of my favorites of the con, as it felt like an open dialogue and the subject matter encouraged some wide-ranging discussion. I’m looking forward to seeing that manifesto John Douglas suggested (after you’ve had some rest).

    • thelittlesleep

      Thanks, William.

      re: manifesto. Heh. I’ll have to talk with the originators of the term first, but I’ll post something for sure.

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