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My HELIOsphere 2019 Schedule

HELIOsphere is coming up this weekend in Tarrytown! I’m delighted to be a program participant at this new convention (this is only its second year), although I will only be there on Friday and Saturday. Here’s where you can find me:

Friday, April 5th

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Reading, Ballroom 4
Readings at HELIOsphere are a group effort, so I will be joined by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Ken Altabef, and Ryk Spoor.

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM: Current SF/Fantasy/Horror on TV, Ballroom 1
With so much quality SF/F/H content available on streaming services, cable channels, and network TV, we truly are living in a golden age of genre television. Come find out which recent series have captured our panelists’ attention, which veteran series are still going strong, and which forthcoming series show a lot of promise. With Nicholas Kaufmann (m), Paul Levinson, Walter H. Hunt, and Alex Shvartsman.

Saturday, April 6th

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM: Books N Brews Session 1, Ballroom 6
Some of our presenters have agreed to hold small social gatherings with the attendees, while enjoying one’s brew of choice (coffee and tea will be available, beer and other alcohol can be purchased from the bar and brought over). Conversations are casual… there may a reading, a sharing of art, a discussion about something the presenter is working on, or even just discovering common interests. Feel free to come and join in! With Nicholas Kaufmann, Karen Heuler, Esther Friesner, Mike McPhail, Gordon Linzner, John Grant, and Walter H. Hunt.

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Small Scares: The Art of Suspenseful and Horrifying Short Fiction, Ballroom 1
In dark, horror and mystery stories, carefully constructing the elements in each section of the plot helps to build suspense. Suspense can also be heightened by showing characterization. Small scares, well placed, contribute to a satisfying climax. With Nicholas Kaufmann, Carol Gyzander (m), April Grey, James Chambers, and Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Boskone 56 Schedule

The final schedule for Boskone 56, February 15-17, 2019 in Boston, is available! Here is where you will find me:

Friday

The Other Others in Urban Fantasy
3 PM, Harbor II

Urban fantasy sections in bookstores are filled with zombies, werewolves, and especially vampires (sparkly and otherwise) almost to the exclusion of other entities. Indeed, too many times those creatures define urban fantasy. But there are a plethora of other fantastical beings from the myths and legends of Europe — and every other continent. Authors like Seanan McGuire and Laura Anne Gilman revel in the variety, using it to populate the back streets of their chosen cities. Let’s join them (and our panelists) to explore the road less traveled.

Elwin Cotman, Nicholas Kaufmann, Clea Simon, John Langan, Leigh Perry (M)

The Life Cycle of a Book
4 PM, Lewis

Most of us just see the finished product on the shelf. However, there are lots of little (and big) steps associated with getting the book to the store. What’s the life cycle of a book, from submission to publication? It’s not as simple as “the author writes it, then the publisher prints it.” What are the direct, indirect, and associated steps involved in the production and publication process — from editing to marketing, selling, reviewing, reprinting, and more?

Gene Doucette, Andrea Corbin (M), Nicholas Kaufmann, LJ Cohen, Joshua Bilmes

Saturday

Reading by Nicholas Kaufmann
3:30 PM, Griffin

Kaffeeklatsch — Horror in the Afternoon!
4 PM, Galleria – Kaffeeklatsch 1

Paul Tremblay, Nicholas Kaufmann

Sunday

The New Doctor — Who?
11:00 AM, Marina 4

Back in 1981, Tom Baker suggested his successor be female. Almost 40 years later, we finally have Jodie Whittaker portraying the Thirteenth Doctor. How does her interpretation of the iconic Time Lord stand out from those of her predecessors’? After all the hype, has the first female Doctor actually changed the dynamics of the show? What are the high and low points of her tenure so far? Has the writing quality kept pace with this significant new development?

Dana Cameron, David McDonald, Jeanne Beckwith (M), Kenneth Schneyer, Nicholas Kaufmann

How to Survive a Horror Story
12:00 PM, Marina 4

Who knows better than a horror writer how to survive a horror story? Join he fun and “lively” conversation as our panelists discuss scenarios from horror novels and films as if they themselves were characters within the scenes. Will their special authorial insights keep them safe? Will they split up to look for the cat? What are they willing to do to survive (relatively) intact? Who dies first? Who lives to tell the tale?

Marshall Ryan Maresca (M), Barry Lee Dejasu, Nicholas Kaufmann, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Clarence Young

Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have books you’d like me to sign, please bring them along. I’m always happy to sign books!

Boskone Interview

There’s a mini interview with me over at the Boskone blog, in preparation for my appearance at Boskone 56.

Click here to read it. (You’ll need to scroll down on the page. My interview is sandwiched between interviews with agent Joshua Blimes and children’s book author Christine Taylor-Butler.)

A Night of Dark Fiction

Join multiple award-nominated and critically acclaimed New York City authors Karen Heuler, John C. Foster, and Nicholas Kaufmann for a night of thrills, chills, and astonishment!

Come for the amazing stories, stay for the glamorous prizes*! What better way to spend a winter’s night?

Thursday, January 17th
7 PM – 9 PM

Otto’s Shrunken Head – 584 East 14th Street, between Ave A and Ave B

Karen Heuler is the author of The Inner City, In Search of Lost TimeOther Places, and others.

John C. Foster is the author of Mister WhiteNight RoadsThe Isle, and others.

Nicholas Kaufmann is the author of Dying Is My Business, In the Shadow of the Axe100 Fathoms Below, and others.

Feel free to RSVP at the Facebook event page if you like. Hope to see you there!

* Prizes may not be glamorous.

 

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