November 1-4, 2012
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel, Suites & Conference Centre
Thursday, November 1
9:00 p.m. OUR MONSTERS, OUR SELVES
The best monsters—ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies—all begin as human beings, as US. All have their roots in the ideas of lost/ strayed/stolen humanity. Freud alludes to the factor of semblance in The Uncanny, and that idea, with the tensions inherent in duality/ dichotomy—an otherness both projected, and found within—is crucial. Think of works such as Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, and Dracula like a hall of mirrors, begetting their own reﬂections. Is our continued fascination with these monsters our way of grappling with our own demons? And which fantasy characters are most persuasive in convincing us that they are not really monsters;; that they are, in reality, a reﬂection/distortion/creation of us?
Ellen Datlow (M), Lena Coakley, James Alan Gardner, Christopher Golden, Richard A. Kirk, Holly Phillips.
Friday, November 2
8:00 p.m. GRAND YORK BALLROOM
Meet, talk, and get your books signed. (No wheeled carriers or backpacks allowed in the signing hall. Park them outside in designated areas. Please be considerate of other attendees. We reserve the right to limit the number of books signed for any one person.)