Archive for August 31, 2015

Wes Craven, Last Horror Genius On the Left

I never even knew the guy, so I should focus on how Wes Craven changed American cinema, pretty much leading the post (or rather concurrent with) Vietnam horror-film response with Last House on the Left (1972), which puts the counter-culture in parallel with the dominant culture and finds them equally violent and disgusting, all while reworking Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring (1960) to demonstrate that the idioms of art film and exploitation horror both have political (leftist) efficacy.

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Thank goodness that while Mr. Craven still lived, Kendall Phillips perhaps best, but other scholars, among whom I might count myself, noticed that this man had made intellectual and artistic contributions to film and art history more generally that merit the thought of multiple generations.

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However, my purpose here is not to offer a critical appraisal of how films such as The Hills Have Eyes (1977, the year I was born) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) defined modern horror, or how Scream (1996) resurrected it as a mainstream phenomenon, but to talk about ME ME ME, because I am really sad right now about the fact that MY Wes Craven is dead and I never even got to meet him.

It has a little something to do with my memory of taping popsicle sticks to my fingers and pretending to be Freddy Krueger when I was a kid (hi, Bruce!). I explain why Freddy became a hero of sorts at the beginning of my first published book, Gothic Realities, the early pages of which are free on Google Books:

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In a way this book, which officially started when I was a graduate student, really began at age nine, when I stole an opportunity to watch one of the 1980s’ most notorious horror films. I offer this brief account of a childhood encounter with Gothic horror as a case history, evidence that supports many of this book’s claims. The encounter was only possible because my friend Chris invited me to spend the night at his house; he had a basement where we could romp until the wee hours. The basement had a television, and the television had a cable box, so after Chris’s parents went to bed, we of course searched the channels for anything that might be forbidden. The most exciting thing we found was a movie, irresistible because it was rated R, that we had heard of but knew little about: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). During the waking hours, nine-year-old-me tended to ignore what I knew about the consequences of watching scary movies, so I agreed to become acquainted with Freddy Krueger, the supernatural madman who murders children in their sleep.

I recall that when the movie got too scary, we switched channels until we thought the worst would be over, and we switched back inevitably in time to see Freddy’s razors ripping through someone’s flesh. Chris and I were giddy, exhilarated. We refused to go to bed that night not because we were scared (of course not!) but because we were having too much fun.

The next day I went home, and that night I went to bed when my mom told me to. Like A Nightmare on Elm Street’s characters, I felt terrified of going to sleep because I knew Freddy would be waiting for me in my dreams. When I closed my eyes, I instantly imagined him on the stairs leading up to my bedroom, brown hat, dirty sweater, and razor blades extending from a horrible gloved hand. Then I remembered how the movie ends: the teenaged heroine, Nancy, confronts Freddy and tells him he’s only a dream. She has the power; a kid could be stronger than a seemingly invincible psycho-killer. In the last chapter, this book discusses the ambiguity of the film’s ending, but nine-year-old-me wasn’t aware of any ambiguity. I remembered Nancy winning her battle against Freddy, and I thought that if she could, I could. I chanted to myself, “It’s just a dream, it’s just a dream,” and eventually I fell asleep. I didn’t have any nightmares that night. In fact, though I still have dreams both good and bad, since that night I have never been terrified of going to sleep.

Thus A Nightmare on Elm Street helped a child to overcome his greatest fears.

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So in a way, I owe Wes Craven my childhood sanity, not that any of the kids I chased around with popsicle sticks would have known it. As a testament, this poster, from Nightmare on Elm Street 3, not Wes’s favorite film, I grant you, adorned my pubescent walls:

anightmareonelmstreet3dreamwarriorsmovieposter_promo5After the miracle on A Nightmare on Elm Street, however, seeing part three was the number one item on my wish list for my tenth birthday (I kept a literal list, and seeing the film in the theater received an extra star almost every time I saw the trailer with Patricia Arquette running through the house from the first film). When my parents gave in, the experience was MAGICAL. I of course identified with the boy in the wheelchair who played Dungeons and Dragons, but Freddy killing him brutally did nothing to change Freddy also being my hero. As Carol Clover has explained, that’s how horror films work, folks. I was everybody in those movies. I didn’t need to understand (yet) the subtle Hamlet joke in the poster I had hung with pride (riffs on Hamlet begin in the first Nightmare film, especially with the “I would bind myself in a nutshell and count myself the king of infinite space were it not that I have bad dreams” bit just before Tina appears in a body bag and a centipede creeps out of her mouth and such).

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Wes Craven served up a festival of ME in the first Nightmare film, as I was most Nancy but also Tina and Glen and even a little bit Rod and also Freddy, and that festival kept playing in the inferior imitative sequels, and when Mr. Craven finally made his New Nightmare (1994), he showed me an image eerily similar to my childhood self with the taped-on popsicle sticks:

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And with Scream, of course, he held up the mirror (psst, another Hamlet reference) to the film geek, un autre moi:

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Most recently, when I wanted to express what I felt was the trap I was in because the University of Louisville could rob me of a voice because I have a mental disability, I thought of the centuries-old tradition of Gothic horror. I thought of Ann Radcliffe and the centuries of women who had used the Gothic as a language of voicelessness, and of men who had used the language as well, and the way to express my situation came to me as a story called “The Long Flight of Charlotte Radcliffe.”

If you’ve been reading my site for awhile, you might have caught the tale (at least a few thousand people did), but if you didn’t, I expect it’ll be in my collection Peritoneum, in print and e-book in 2016. The title refers, of course, to Ann Radcliffe, the pioneer of Gothic fiction whose stories usually revolve around women trapped by men whose legal power can overrule their will–a power paralleled today only by those who rule over people declared unfit to govern themselves–and as a result find themselves at constant threat of rape and murder. It also refers to Charlotte Bronte and by extension all the Bronte sisters, who tell stories of women dealing with overbearing men (I would have preferred a titular reference to Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, the most traditionally Gothic of the Bronte novels, but another Ann(e) would not have been clear enough, so I settled for a better-known madwoman in the attic).

These women are fleeing, hence “flight,” but the story also takes place on an airplane, where my heroine is terrorized by a man in classic Gothic fashion–much like the heroine of Wes Craven’s under-appreciated Red Eye (2005), an extraordinarily intense thriller about a woman terrorized by a man in the claustrophobic space not of the Gothic castle but of the modern airplane. In one sense, I found the perfect metaphor for my situation that folded all of horror history into itself… but Wes Craven found it first. I part ways from Craven eventually, but without him, I would not have had a place to begin.

My philosophy of horror aesthetics and narrative hinges on the assumption that rational connections need not be established and in fact may be detrimental to desired affects. From whom did I learn such lofty notions? Ingmar Bergman, certainly. The dream-driven writing of Romanticists and their offspring, yes. But whom did I watch before all of them, whose work acknowledged them all, harnessed them all, and moved forward?

Wes Craven, RIP, 1939 – 2015, one of the greatest filmmakers who ever lived.

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The Crocodile Woman: Emily Ritter [NON-FICTION]

Most education stuff I’ve moved to a different site, but this post is a transcript of someone who attacked me and admitted she’s a freakin’ monster, so I had to put it here.

NOTE TO EMPLOYERS: Never hire, and if you’ve done so, especially if you’re in education, IMMEDIATELY FIRE EMILY RITTER. The below reveals her attitude toward people with disabilities as well as her general ignorance about communication.

I am not merely giving this advice out of spite–although spite her I do–but because her attitude is, frankly, of the deep-seeded illegal sort likely to carry into the workplace, and the lack of understanding she shows of the rhetorical situation (Facebook-level public discourse as opposed to workplace-level discourse: the former favors frankness, at least in my audience, while the latter requires more politesse) and rhetorical purpose (hers to mock me, mine to expose her problematic attitudes through honed antagonism), as well as her increasing immaturity show a lack of professionalism ill-suited to teaching in what I believe is her field. I was assistant director of a world-class comp program for years. I know a thing or two.

Note that I have edited to get rid of Facebook junk. I am also offering clearly marked commentary. MS. RITTER ADDED THE CROCODILE PHOTOS WITHIN THE TRANSCRIPT AS SELF-PORTRAITS, at least metaphorically. The other images, including the croc below, are my additions for the sake of the blog.

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Click to learn the origin of this frankly awesome image. The less inspiring true image of the monster in question is at the end.

ORIGINAL FACEBOOK POST:

Facebook_logo-2Andrew Cooper Update: Thanks to responders! I’d like more answers from the professoriate before I take action (although I don’t require it)–just don’t want to be accused rightly of not thinking things through before I make possible career-ending moves (which are likely deserved). [As none are responders here, I have deleted the list of names I tagged]

And feel free to comment, UofL College of Arts and Sciences, especially University of Louisville Humanities Ph.D. Program, as your Dean (Kimberly Leonard) and Director (Shelley Salamensky) are the alleged criminals in charge who maneuvered grad students into criminal choices. Tom Byers? What would you do with criminals at the place where you worked for so long? Or would you have me shut up and let the crimes go on? http://www.geniusdestroyers.com/criminaluofl/

ACADEMIC WORLD: I need your input. I believe that graduate students became involved in larger criminal activities of faculty and administration at a university. While I might grant that these adults did not fully understand that their obviously unethical actions were also criminal, and I assign more blame to those of higher rank who likely led them into the position where they chose criminal options, nevertheless, they are adults, and they made criminal choices. ERGO, do I treat them the same as the other criminals I am pursuing? Do I expose them as I would other academic criminals? Does being graduate students somehow give them shelter from the consequences of their criminal behavior? Conversely–do I have a moral obligation to inform the profession of these unethical, lawbreaking individuals before someone makes the mistake of hiring them? The answers do not seem obvious, although I lean toward treating all criminals equally.

whitehandsincuffsEmily Ritter · Friends with Tom Byers and 2 others

This showed up in my feed, and it piqued my curiosity. Could you clarify the allegations? If I’m reading you right, the university took one of your classes away and had another (unqualified) instructor teach it? Additionally, you seem to be alleging that the university disciplined you for inappropriate communications? Correct?

 

Andrew Cooper Emily Ritter, thanks for your interest. I am not going to rehearse the whole story here, but read here if you’re interested: http://www.geniusdestroyers.com/honesty/ FYI, I was never “disciplined” and was told the opposite in writing right until I got the termination notice. I am not publishing my 1500+ pages of incriminating evidence, as, like I said, I am working with the Attorney General’s office on a criminal investigation related to discrimination, retaliation, violation of open records laws, fraud, civil rights abuses (my own and students’), illegal intimidation and use of force (UofL police) and much more. I made no inappropriate communications, although they manufactured the illusion of them by taking some words out of context.

Honesty, or, Walking the Academic Plank

 

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Andrew Cooper Emily Ritter, this page establishes that much of what I claim is pretty much standard practice for UofL, a good school in some respects that just happens to be run by people I believe to be criminals: http://www.geniusdestroyers.com/criminaluofl/

The Criminal Aura of the University of Louisville

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Emily Ritter · Friends with Alan Golding and 2 others

Aw. Thanks for your quick response. From the tone of your post, it sounded like UofL had grad students murdering hookers, laundering money through shady business practices, dealing illegal narcotics or engaging in otherwise serious criminal activities.

Andrew Cooper Tone is a weird thing. I wouldn’t bother asking if those types of crimes were in question–if I had that evidence, I would just call the police. My tone in asking, and my clear statement, was about being in a grey area. Your examples are not grey. However, those crimes are not the only ones that need prosecution. UofL’s years of crimes and bilking of millions of dollars demand restitution. Crimes committed by rich white people that immediately hurt thousands are arguably worse than dealing drugs on the street, but dismissive statements like yours suggest otherwise.

 

Emily Ritter · Friends with Karen Hadley and 2 others

Well, you seem awfully pissed off. That’s pretty clear.

 

Andrew Cooper You would be pissed too if UofL had illegally violated your rights for 1.5 years.

 

Andrew Cooper I take it you would defend the criminals?

 

Emily Ritter

I try not to make assumptions about how I would feel under experiences I’ve never had. As for your other question, I’m not sure what you were asking.

 

Andrew Cooper As I have been arguing on my author page, the comparing the massive criminality of the people running a public agency like UofL to crimes such as “murdering hookers, laundering money through shady business practices, dealing illegal narcotics or engaging in otherwise serious criminal activities” creates a hierarchy. The crimes you name are street crimes–generally committed by the lower classes–whereas I am pursuing crimes committed by the upper classes, which also take tolls in lives and much greater tolls in capital, but you call them less “serious.” Ergo, you are making classist assumptions about criminality that favor the rich white folk in charge of UofL, exculpating them by calling their criminality less serious, a point I do not grant an inch. www.facebook.com/landrewcooper

 

Andrew Cooper Try not to make assumptions? You mean there’s a chance you wouldn’t be pissed if an organization discriminated against you, retaliated against you, and deliberately damaged your health for 1.5 years? Get real–or admit you’re a robot.

 

Emily Ritter

I think it’s pretty classist of you to suggest that “murdering hookers, laundering money through shady business practices, dealing illegal narcotics or otherwise serious criminal activities” are crimes generally committed by the lower classes.

 

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Additionally, not engaging in creative reflection on knowledge I don’t have does not make me a robot. It just means I’m a little more contemplative than most. Frankly, in the small breadth of communication I’ve had with you, you seem to have some difficulty with using an appropriate tone for discourse. That may actually be your core issue here. You should work on that a little bit – especially if you are planning on pursuing a career in education.

[Side note: refusing to empathize with people does not make one “a little more contemplative than most.” I might argue that reading world philosophy that many people spend their lives puzzling over in one’s teens makes one a little more contemplative than most. Refusing to empathize just makes one a little less human than most.]

Andrew Cooper Think that. But you were listing examples of the types of “street” crime sensationalized on television. Of course the rich are on tops of pyramids when those crimes are organized as well–but the type of crime I am talking about is distinctly white collar, and that type people love to call less serious and let slip through the cracks.

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I promise you. I am not white collar. If that helps you sleep better at night.

 

Andrew Cooper As a comedian asked on Larry Wilmore last night or the night before, why are poor people Republicans? Life’s mysteries. Advocate against your interests all you want.

 

Emily Ritter

Sorry. I’m not following you at all.

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Andrew Cooper Clearly. And as for my tone… your advice on that is not fucking welcome. This is Facebook. And that you are not following me is unsurprising. And that I am uninterested in your career counseling is equally unsurprising. If you have actual insight on the topic of this thread, have at it. If you’re a UofL crony who wants to bark at me, go away.

 

Andrew Cooper And if you can’t imagine being pissed about being abused, you lack empathy, which means something is wrong with your brain.

 

Emily Ritter

Obviously you don’t respond to constructive criticism very well either. You might want to work on that as well if you are planning on continuing in eduction. Add that to your list of unsolicited advice. You’re welcome.

Does Ritter pass the definition test? FAIL!

Does Ritter pass the definition test? FAIL!

 

Andrew Cooper Show me where you were constructive–and prove you’re not a UofL crony–and I’ll apologize. But you can’t.

 

Andrew Cooper And I DO NOT WANT TO WORK IN EDUCATION with people who defend alleged criminals like James Ramsey, who deserve massive Fuck Yous, in my professional opinion.

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Emily Ritter

I don’t have anything to do with UofL. I suggested you work on your tone. You have responded by insulting me with various imagined (and mostly incorrect) assumptions.

 

Andrew Cooper Scroll up to my author page link to see my profession.

 

Emily Ritter

An author who has no concept of appropriate tone and is unable to take constructive criticism? Hmmm. Good luck buddy.

[side note: I really wonder who she is to give someone with my publication record such “good luck” patronization… a bestseller? or just a jackass?]

Actually, she reserved another creature in the bestiary.

Actually, she reserved another creature in the bestiary.

 

Andrew Cooper Like I said, condescending, not constructive. What you call assumption I call benefit of the doubt.

[I was assuming she knew at least SOMETHING of what she wrote about. If she is, as I suspect, a composition teacher, she is white collar. Although comp teachers are in general horribly underpaid, since I used to hire and fire them, I would judge her value in the field at zero.]

Andrew Cooper What you call constructive criticism I call ignorance. Where do you get your superior wisdom? You’ve been insulting me nearly from the start.

 

Emily Ritter

Hey man, like I said, the post showed up on my feed. I was curious enough to ask questions. From our interactions, I’m pretty clear on what happened here. Good luck on your case.

 

Andrew Cooper Btw, I can see your friends–you are a UofL crony, ergo, a liar. Keep your clarity spawned by lies, and I’ll keep telling people like you to fuck off.

 

Andrew Cooper And if you’ve come to conclusions without analyzing evidence, I’m pretty clear on what kind of person you are, too.

Great title. Don't know the book, but click the pic for more.

Great title. Don’t know the book, but click the pic for more.

Emily Ritter

If everyone who had friends that attended UofL was a crony, the entire state of Kentucky would be cronies. That’s a pretty large population of people to offend. I’m sure Jack Conway doesn’t know anyone that fits in that pool though. Har. Just to be clear, I was being sarcastic there.

[Side note: her argument here is very stupid, as the friends in question are all UofL FACULTY, ergo, cronies]

Andrew Cooper Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and I have already discussed concerns about his potential conflicts of interest, but thank you for making this point publicly, with all your UofL friends and your obvious UofL sympathies, as it will help make my case.

I think Mr. Conway seems good, but if Ms. Croc is right about him being guilty of cronyism, then he's a criminal. She should be careful about her implications.

I think Mr. Conway seems good, but if Ms. Croc is right about him being guilty of cronyism, then he’s a criminal. She should be careful about her implications.

Andrew Cooper Any other UofL-favoring attacks you’d like to share? Perhaps you begin to see some advantage in my tone.

 

Emily Ritter

You’re welcome. You are going to need all the help you can get.

 

Andrew Cooper Keep it coming. By the way, what do you do? I am going to publicize this conversation.

 

Emily Ritter

I don’t see any advantage in the way you communicate with other people. Of course, I only have this communication to judge you on.

 

Emily Ritter · Friends with Karen Hadley and 2 others

You are in your right to do whatever you want to do with your Facebook page.

 

Andrew Cooper Ms. Emily Ritter, you saw fit to advise someone with the finest education in English that the world can offer, as well as more than a decade of teaching experience, about tone, and then you condescended to me as if you had superior knowledge, which I allowed to go on until you reached a point where you gave me something useful. Had I been as nice, not used the word fuck, etc., you would have been nothing but a waste of my time. With UofL, my tone was often disliked, but the same thing often happened, and if you follow my links, months went by with no disciplinary action whatsoever–they finally terminated me, I argue, as an act of retaliation when they realized I would not stop pursuing my claims about upper admin’s wrongdoing. So you see, my tone is not as formed by ignorance as you have assumed, nor have my assumptions about you been as informed by ignorance as by, well, thought, something I recommend strongly to you. It’s too late for UofL.

L. Andrew Cooper By the way, look up the word “crony.” I still have friends, or at least people I like, at UofL, more whom I like than I dislike, actually. But I don’t mindlessly defend the U or attack its enemies (as you have attacked me) because I have friends there. That’s what cronies do. “Buddy.”

Another test--FAIL!

Another test–FAIL!

Emily Ritter · Friends with Karen Hadley

Man, you don’t know when to shut up. Do you? Add that to your list of unsolicited advice. I don’t need a synopsis of what has transpired between us. Within several short interactions, I’ve already made up my mind as to what kind of communicator you are. Have a great afternoon!

 

Andrew Cooper You’re writing on my page. You shut up! I told you to go away awhile ago. You know what kind of communicator I am with you. I like you less and less, and my communication follows. Making up your mind from limited evidence is a typical action for the small-minded.

 

Andrew Cooper Or just keep up the unsolicited advice, and I’ll keep enjoying how uninformed it is. I never understand why people come to my pages, bitch and moan, and then when I’ve defeated their arguments, accuse me of trolling and not knowing when to quit. My page. You leave. Your page, I leave.

 

Andrew Cooper And since you keep coming, here’s my advice: stop defending criminals, don’t comment on subjects about which you are ignorant, don’t advise acknowledged experts on topics about which you know little, and know when YOU are the person who needs to shut up.

 

Emily Ritter

This is just comedy now. Thanks for the entertainment.

 

Andrew Cooper Likewise. Prepare to have people laughing at you in lots of places.

 

Andrew Cooper And shut up already!

 

Emily Ritter ·LOL

 

Andrew Cooper You can’t do it, can you? The Evil Troll Force is strong with this one!

Emily Ritter I’m laughing so hard that I have tears coming out of my eyes. Literally.

Andrew Cooper Just keep it coming. I don’t need to insult you anymore. You just insult yourself.

Emily Ritter I’m sorry I can’t continue this conversation with you much longer Mr. Cooper. As much as it entertains me, I have responsibilities to attend to. It’s a lovely day. You should go outside and enjoy the weather. Maybe it will lighten your mood… and your tone. It looks like you could benefit from some sunshine.

Andrew Cooper You have been my sunshine, Emily Ritter, as so much has beamed directly from your ass.

Andrew Cooper LOL

Andrew Cooper And may you one day have the experience I have, and feel reason to be sorry for the shit you threw at me today–no one who has suffered what I have deserves to deal with people like you.

Emily Ritter · Friends with Tom Byers and 2 others
I’ll be sure to shed a single tear for you. One single, VERY dramatic tear.

Andrew Cooper Crocodile, I’m sure.

Andrew Cooper Now we see your true character in full relief.

Andrew Cooper And when you haven’t been able to eat or sleep like a human being for a year because of what your bosses do to you, may hordes laugh at you and cry similar tears of joy.

Emily Ritter · Friends with Karen Hadley and 2 others

Ritter added this photo.

Ritter added this photo.

Andrew Cooper At least you admit to being inhuman.

Emily Ritter · Friends with Alan Golding and 2 others

Ritter likes being a monster, in true UofL tradition

Ritter likes being a monster, in true UofL tradition

Andrew Cooper I write about monsters. I avoid them in real life. UofL likes them, though, so go back to your cronies and GO AWAY.

 

Andrew Cooper Don’t worry. I’ll be reposting it on my blog anyway.

 

Emily Ritter · Friends with Tom Byers and 2 others

HAHAHA! Thanks for the fun, man. I’ll be enjoying this one for awhile. I hope everyone in the world sees what a complete jerk you are. You don’t belong in a classroom.

 

Andrew Cooper Reread this thread. Reevaluate, if you have the intellectual capacity. Meanwhile, refer back to your cruelty for whatever masturbatory purposes you like. As a horror writer and blogger, when people are nasty to me, I am nasty back. Call me a jerk? Fine. But you shed a crocodile tear over someone who has suffered documented mental and physical–severe–distress from others’ criminal activity. I may come off as a jerk, but you come off as a sociopath, and most bloggers are jerks, and horror writers aren’t supposed to paint pretty pictures. Sociopaths are bad no matter what, though. That’s you in this conversation.

The most important test--the empathy test--FAIL.

The most important test–the empathy test–FAIL.

 

Andrew Cooper Btw, I won teaching awards virtually every year that I taught. The people who illegally arranged my ouster? Some of the worst-rated teachers at UofL. Fact-check time!

 

Andrew Cooper Btw, I captured all the stuff you deleted.

 

Andrew Cooper Looks like Emily Ritter wasn’t so confident in her position after all… deleted it all.

 

But before I captured it to re-present it to you. Emily Ritter, a genuine monster and proud of it, who loves to laugh and laugh and laugh at people with disabilities and what illegal discrimination and retaliation does to them. This woman BRAGS about her lack of empathy for other humans. Again, if anyone with conscience has anything to do with her, now is the time to stop.

I suspect the Emily Ritter in question, whose profile during conversation suggested she lives in Louisville, Kentucky, teaches for Spencerian college and is described here, on p. 11, but I am not certain this Emily Ritter is the same person. However, the correlation of details is strong. If you know otherwise, please contact me immediately.

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Probably the Emily Ritter in this conversation, who at least until recently taught at Spencerian College?

Definitely the Emily Ritter from the transcript above

Definitely the Emily Ritter from the transcript above (but she totally reminds me of Heather from The Blair Witch Project)

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Fandomfest 2015!

This weekend I’m hanging out with (or at least near) Carrie Fisher (yep, Princess Leia, but she offers much more, too), Kevin Smith, folks from TORCHWOOD, and other transcendental coolness at Fandomfest 2015, http://www.fandomfest.com/.

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While you’re checking out the movie and TV stars, though, you do need to check out us author types. I’ll be on panels a lot of the time and hanging out in the vendor hall when possible, otherwise drifting Saturday and Sunday, absorbing cultural overload bliss.

Mine plan:

Saturday

11:30AM

Exploring Urban Legends
Room 203

Exploring Urban Legends (Horror Genre Panel): Join our authors in a discussion about urban legends, including their roots, their influence, and how they change and grow as they work their way into the culture, including novels, comics/graphic novels, and films.
L. Andrew Cooper, S.C. Houff, Michael West, Brick Marlin, J.H. Glaze

 

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1pm

Supernatural
Room 202

Urban legends/religious imagery/horror formats are all used by the hit show Supernatural. Fairy tales and myths are all explored as well. How has the horror Sci Fi show shaped or influenced these various genres in the way they are used today?. Supernatural also has several media tie-in books too. Come join our panel of writers for a discussion of all things Supernatural!
Rebekah McAuliffe, L Andrew Cooper, S.C Houff, Addie King, Rachael Lanham Rawlings

 

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The Walking Dead
Room 203

A wildly popular television series, The Walking Dead has its roots in the graphic novel world. It has also seen a successful transition to the world of novels as well. Come and join our authors in a discussion of The Walking Dead, from the show to the graphic novels and books. In what way are they different? Are there major changes in each of them? Definitely an interesting topic for fans to discuss!
L. Andrew Cooper (M), Chris Brown, Michael West, Jetti Necole

 

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Sunday

11:30AM

Mini-Series Discussion
Room 203

Mini-Series Discussion: Books are often translated to the screen. The most common avenue is books into feature films, but mini-series offer another outlet for bringing the page to the screen. Explore the ways some books are made into a miniseries, comparing this with movies and even episodic television. Zoo by Patterson, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, The Stand are all examples of bestsellers turned into mini-series. What are your thoughts on the mini-series format and its effectiveness for adaptation?
Amy McCorkle, L. Andrew Cooper, Dave Creek, Addie King, Glenn Porzig

 

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1pm

Paths of Publishing
Room 202
Explore the paths of publishing with publishing professionals and published authors. Today’s publishing world offers several paths, from self-publishing, to small and independent press publishing, to major traditional publishing.
L. Andrew Cooper, Amanda Rotach Huntley, Philomena Anastasia, Sandy Lea Sullivan, Marian Allen, Lee Martindale (M)

 

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2:30pm

Writers Interviewing Writers

Room 202

Come for a fun panel featuring a group of published writers, interviewing each other. Expect the unexpected when it comes to the questions!
Lee Martindale (M) Atty Eve, Mysti Parker, Jetti Necole, Tony Acree, J.H. Glaze, L. Andrew Cooper

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