Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Readercon 2024

The schedule has landed! Here are some of the things I'll be doing during Readercon:

Romanticizing Death and Dying

Salon B Thursday, July 11, 2024, 8:00 PM EDT
Barbara Krasnoff (m), Amanda Downum, Emma J. Gibbon, Gillian Daniels Natalie Luhrs 
When somebody is dying or dies in fictional media, it is often romantic, or exciting, or noble, or beautiful and tragic. The reality that many of us face—pain, fear, loss of self, the gradual breakdown of the body due to age or disease—is a lot less pleasant to experience and witness. Why do we romanticize death in fiction? Is it a necessary defense against the reality of our own mortality, or just a part of making fictional worlds more entertaining, the way perfect sex is?

Book Bans and the Publishing Industry
Salon B Friday, July 12, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT
Kathryn Morrow (m), Gillian Daniels, Rob Cameron, Zin E. Rocklyn 
In our current era, book bans have re-emerged from their 20th century crypt as a popular tactic for censoring LGBTQ+ content, as well as any literature that doesn't reinforce racial hierarchies and narratives of white innocence. How has this trend affected the publishing industry, from behemoths like Scholastic to small presses and self-publishing authors? What new horrors are coming down the pike, and what, if anything, can be done to fight back?

Iconic Characters and Works in the Public Domain
Salon B Friday, July 12, 2024, 2:00 PM EDT
Sonja Ryst (m), Gillian Daniels, Kevin McLaughlin, Mark Painter, Randee Dawn 
2023 saw Winnie the Pooh star in his own slasher flick, thanks to the release of its copyright. Sherlock Holmes and the film "Metropolis" are now similarly free agents. Our panelists will discuss the new shoots now budding from old branches, as well as preview what household names will soon be available for open use. Citizen Kane: Tokyo Rosebud Drift, anyone?

Reading Horror into the Classics
Salon 4 Friday, July 12, 2024, 3:00 PM EDT
Gillian Daniels, Adam Golaski, Ian Muneshwar, Lisa M. Bradley, Trisha J Wooldridge 
Viewed through an anti-colonialist lens, the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder would appear to belong squarely in the Horror section. What can be gained by reading various well-worn classics as works of horror, and how do changing readerships and sensibilities affect what separates the heroic from the horrifying or the whimsical from the uncanny?

Meet the Pros(e)
Salon 3 Friday, July 12, 2024, 10:15 PM EDT

Book Club: The Locked Tomb Series by Tamsyn Muir
Salon B Sunday, July 14, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT
Gillian Daniels (m), Benjamin Rosenbaum, Graham Sleight, Karl Schroeder, Yves Meynard
Tamsyn Muir's Locked Tomb series is dense with allusion, mystery, heartbreak, ever-more-unreliable narrators, and terrible jokes. Let's share our favorite characters and moments, point out telling details we were excited to discover, and speculate wildly about what might happen in Alecto the Ninth.

The Intersections of Romance and Horror
Sunday, July 14, 2024, 1:00 PM EDT
Romie Stott (m), Gillian Daniels, John Wiswell, Steve Berman, Zin E. Rocklyn 
Romance in dark fiction and horror can serve many purposes, such as offering respite or hope; clarifying or raising the stakes; or acting as the ultimate source of the conflict. How can romance, sex, and love be depicted in ways that serve the overall purpose of a dark story while still being satisfying in their own right (if that's the intent)? How have different subgenres, such as paranormal romance, slasher horror, or gothic fiction, approached these questions?

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Boskone 2024

Already?? This year is going too fast. 

Here's my schedule for Boskone, Feb 9-11:

Friday 4pm Holding Superheroes Accountable Marina IV (60 mins)
Erin Underwood, Gillian Daniels, Jack Cullen, James Bacon, Steven Dooner

For superheroes to seem heroic, we want them to fight evil while remaining above the moral fray. But in many cases—in comics and comic movies—superheroes cross moral lines. How do we ethically evaluate when heroes act immorally, like Batman torturing villains, Wanda holding an entire town hostage, or Wonder Woman sexually assaulting a mind-controlled bystander? How can we talk about these stories in a way that holds heroes accountable?

Saturday 11:30am Pre-Pulp Short SFFH Marina IV (60 mins)
Darrell Schweitzer, F. Brett Cox, Gillian Daniels, Michael Swanwick, Theodora Goss

Mary Shelley created one of the first science fiction novels in 1818, but for most of the 19th century and on into the early 20th century SFFH short stories were the dominant form for the genre. Authors as diverse as Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and W.E.B. DuBois all wrote stories that could be classified as SFFH. We'll explore their works as well as the works of others that contributed to the genre and discuss how they laid the background for the explosion of science fiction in the early 20th century.

Saturday 2:30pm The Appeal of Unappealing Characters Marina III (60 mins)
Chris Panatier, Gillian Daniels, Mur Lafferty, Scott Lynch

What is it about those grim and gritty characters or those sly and mischievous people in fiction that satisfies our literary appetite? Why are these less-than-savory characters so compelling? Why are readers drawn to them, even as they are repelled? Our panelists share their favorite unpleasant characters to illustrate some unpleasant points.

Saturday 4pm Reading--Gillian Daniels--Galleria - Cabaret (25 mins)

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Arisia 2024!

New year, new Arisia, January 12-15!

Here's where I'll be. See you there!

8:30pm Friday

Barbie and Poor Things: What Was I Made For? - Media, Panel - 1hr - Alcott (3W)

An artificially-created woman leaves the safety of home to experience the “real world,” where she learns of patriarchal oppression and undergoes a personal reckoning over what it means to live as a woman in such a world. This describes both the mega-blockbuster Barbie and the acclaimed Frankenstein riff Poor Things. Forget Barbenheimer: THIS is award season’s most fascinating double feature.

7:00pm Saturday

Can James Gunn Save DC Films? - Media, Panel - 1hr - Marina 2 (2E)

2023 saw the last entries in the universe formerly known as the “Snyderverse.” All bombed at the box office and, aside from the under-marketed Blue Beetle, with critics (note: this panel description was written pre-Aquaman 2... but it would be shocking if that’s not a disaster, right?). But there is hope on the horizon, with James Gunn rebooting the whole DC Universe. Can he pull it off?

8:30pm Saturday

Saturday Night Readings - Literature, Reading - 1hr - Faneuil (3W)

Join some of Arisia’s wonderful authors, while they read from their own work.

Monday, December 4, 2023

Twitter: Sometimes Still Good!

By the way, a wonderful soul over at Short Story Memes described my piece "Frost Bloom" in, yes, short story memes:


Monday, November 6, 2023

Some 2023 Life Drawing

In between working on fiction (and a job, social life, panicking about world events, etc.), I've picked up drawing more regularly. Please enjoy some work I've been doing!

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Readercon 2023 Schedule

Readercon's back, baby! And it's NEXT WEEK! Here's where I'll be:

The Trashy and the Sublime: Genre Fiction's Highs and LowsSalon B Thursday, July 13, 2023, 9:00 PM EDT

Gillian Daniels (m), Emma J. Gibbon, Rich Horton, Yves Meynard

Lowbrow fiction can contain sharply-observed descriptions of life and of the triumph of the human spirit, and "highbrow" fiction has been known to contain swashbuckling and attractive characters making out. The line between "trash" and "art" often reflects not just judgments about craft, but also the enforcement of social mores, especially around sexuality. In what ways are these categories illuminating—perhaps despite themselves—and what kind of conversations are they in, or should they be in, with each other?

The Craft of ReviewingSalon A Friday, July 14, 2023, 6:00 PM EDT

Robert Killheffer (m), Gary Wolfe, Gillian Daniels, Michael Dirda, The joey Zone

Join experienced reviewers of literature as they discuss what a review is, what reviews aim to accomplish, and how they go about putting them together.

Meet the Pros(e) Party - Salon 4 Friday, July 14, 2023, 10:30 PM EDT

Check out our New, Experimental Meet the Pros(e) format! Grab a card and join a handful of authors and attendees at assigned tables in three fifteen-minute chat sessions.

Domestic Fabulism - Salon A Saturday, July 15, 2023, 11:00 AM EDT

Gillian Daniels (m), Emma J. Gibbon, Greer Gilman, Ian Muneshwar, Laurence Raphael Brothers

In a 2014 essay in Electric Lit, Amber Sparks coined the phrase "domestic fabulism" to describe works that "simultaneously distort […] and reveal […] the true nature of the home, the family, the place of belonging or, in many cases, not belonging at all," such as Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners, Helen Oyeyemi's Mr. Fox, and Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. Panelists will discuss this genre's lineage, how the fantastic interacts with the domestic, and whether stories of claustrophobic domestic anxiety are currently on the rise.

Reading: Gillian Daniels - Salon C Saturday, July 15, 2023, 3:00 PM EDT

The Real Effects of Fairy Tale LogicSalon B Sunday, July 16, 2023, 2:00 PM EDT

Gillian Daniels (m), Eric Schaller, Justina Ireland, Tom Greene

How do the structural and conceptual elements of fairy tales manifest in realistic fiction? Does the Rule of Threes influence politics? How do the social conventions introduced and to an extent enforced by fairy tales complicate and hinder the ongoing struggle for social, racial and environmental justice, and how are new stories reclaiming and adapting those tools to point more clearly towards positive change?