Panel: Eldritch Evolution- the future of cosmic horror

Panel Discussion
Date and time: 
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 10:00am

The mythos was always a shared universe, but shared to a very exclusive set of authors, namely white men. People of color were cast as the villains in these narratives, blamed for all the ills troubling mankind (if they were given a part in the story at all). Women were absent from these early stories, unless of course, they too were cast as villains. Invisible were the faces of our LGBTQ community in this tapestry of horror. How did outsider creators fall in love with something that casts them in such a negative fashion, and why do they (we) feel it's important to change its direction?

Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction and one comic book. His highly Lovecraftian novella, The Ballad of Black Tom, won the Shirley Jackson Award, and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award. His novel, The Changeling, won the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award and the Dragon Award for best horror novel.

Cassandra Khaw is an award-winning game writer, whose fiction work has been nominated for several awards. You can find her fiction in places like F&SF, Year's Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Her next book Nothing But Blackened Teeth is coming out in 2021.


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Zin E. Rocklyn is a contributor to Bram Stoker-nominated and This is Horror Award-winning Nox PareidoliaKaiju Rising II: Reign of MonstersBrigands: A Blackguards Anthology, and Forever Vacancy anthologies and Weird Luck Tales No. 7 zine.

Craig Laurance Gidney writes both contemporary and genre fiction. He is the author of the collections Sea, Swallow Me & Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2008), Skin Deep Magic (Rebel Satori Press, 2014), Bereft (Tiny Satchel Press, 2013) and A Spectral Hue (Word Horde, 2019).

ROSS E. LOCKHART is an author, anthologist, editor, and publisher. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, Lockhart is a veteran of small-press publishing, having edited scores of well-regarded novels of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. He edited the anthologies The Book of Cthulhu I and II, Tales of Jack the Ripper, The Children of Old Leech (with Justin Steele), Giallo Fantastique, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, Eternal Frankenstein, and the forthcoming Tales from a Talking Board (October 2017).