Sexuality and Lovecraft

Type: 
Panel Discussion
Location: 
EOD Center
Date and time: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 -
8:00pm to 9:00pm

Lovecraft’s work has a distinct absence of overt sexuality. While Lovecraft’s stories contain some deviant sexual behaviors, nothing is ever depicted in detail. However, modern authors and filmmakers seem unable to make a film without inserting (sometimes graphic) sex into the script. Why is that? Is it just the tentacles? or Is it something deeper? Downum, Joshi, Peterson, Cook, Smiley

Amanda Downum is the author the Necromancer Chronicles, published by Orbit Books, and Dreams of Shreds & Tatters, from Solaris. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons and Weird Tales, and is forthcoming in Dreams From The Witch House and The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu. She lives in Austin, TX, but one day she will return to the sea.

S. T. Joshi is the author of such critical studies as The Weird Tale (Univ. of Texas Press, 1990), H. P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West (Starmont House, 1990), The Modern Weird Tale (McFarland, 2001), and Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (PS Publishing, 2012). He has edited a corrected edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s fiction (Collected Fiction: A Variorum Edition [Hippocampus Press, 2015–16]) as well as The Ancient Track: Complete Poetical Works (Night Shade Books, 2001; rev. ed.

Evan J. Peterson is the author of Skin Job and The Midnight Channel and editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City 5. His writing can be found in Weird TalesThe StrangerThe RumpusGlitterwolfThe Queer South anthology and Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books.

Garrett Cook is an author with Deadite Press and an editor with Eraserhead Press. His work has appeared in A Breath from the Sky, DOA III, Giallo Fantastique, Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade and more. His next book Crisis Boy comes out October 15th.

Jim Smiley has had many jobs. Infantryman, private investigator....and his new career has caused relations to disown him, and made dogs to weep in the zocalo. He is an author of strange things. He is the author of both Girls' Night In and Both Alike in Dignity, is a contributor to Dark Discoveries magazine, and is a submissions editor for Dark Regions Press.