My Boskone schedule: Friday, February 13th to Sunday, February 15th.

Ready for spec fic and snow in Boston? I know I am. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.

Friday the 13th: When Sequels Run Amok

Friday 20:00 – 20:50, Harbor II (Westin)

On Friday, March 13, 2015, the 13th movie in the Friday the 13th franchise will be released. As a genre, horror movies seem prone to extended franchises. (Okay, soFriday the 13th falls far short of the 23 James Bond movies.) Still, on this ominous Friday the 13th, we pause to consider this likewise significant date and the release of the cursed-number movie and wonder when — and whether — enough is too much for this and other horror movie franchises?

Jack M. Haringa (M) , Christopher Golden, Paul Tremblay , Mallory O’Meara

Writing for Teens vs Adults

Friday 21:00 – 21:50, Harbor I (Westin)

With so much crossover, is there a difference anymore? And where does middle-grade fiction fit? Editors and authors discuss.

Carrie Vaughn (M), Melissa Marr, Hillary Monahan, Paul Tremblay, Jordan Hamessley

Great Horror for Teens and Tweens

Saturday 11:00 – 11:50, Burroughs (Westin)

Teen fiction is more than BFFs, family issues, and dystopias. A whole lot more. There is a world of dark and dangerous beings who walk the night and infest the pages of teen and tween horror. Panelists share the books that inspired them to love reading and writing horror. Does adult and teen horror differ? Is there a line that should or shouldn’t be crossed? What new stories are coming out that you should be reading?

John Langan (M), Christopher Golden, Jack M. Haringa, Sarah Langan, Paul G. Tremblay

Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem

Saturday 20:00 – 20:50, Burroughs (Westin)

Dark fiction and suspense are natural bedfellows. What is it about their synergy that works so well? How do you walk the line between mystery and suspense when there are monsters tearing their way through the plot? And how do dark fiction and horror help generate or amplify those nail-biting moments that make readers blaze through a story to see how it ends?

Leigh Perry (M), Dana Cameron, John Langan, Paul Tremblay

Casting Your Lot with Shirley Jackson

Sunday 14:00 – 14:50, Marina 4 (Westin)

From “The Lottery” to “The Haunting of Hill House, ” Shirley Jackson’s work has not only helped to shape the horror genre, but to inspire writers both inside and outside of the genre. Moreover, the New York Times describes Shirley Jackson as having two styles: “She could describe the delights and turmoils of ordinary domestic life with detached hilarity; and she could, with cryptic symbolism, write a tenebrous horror story in the Gothic mold in which abnormal behavior seemed perilously ordinary.” Is this an accurate summation of Jackson? What more is there to her work and her legacy? Does she continue to inspire and shape horror today?

F. Brett Cox (M), Laird Barron, Paul G. Tremblay, Jack M. Haringa

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