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?

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Horror Times at LadiesCon 2023!

LadiesCon is a yearly convention in Somerville, MA that focuses on comics and other media created by women. It's held by Ladies of Comicazi, a group associated with the Davis Square comic book store of the same name. This year’s convention is in-person on Saturday May 20, 11am-5pm at the Somerville Armory.

I'm really looking forward to going to it as both an attendee and a panelist:

Saturday, May 20, 2023
2:30 PM 3:30 PM

From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to the mother monster in Alien (1979), women and monsters share a long history across science fiction media. Monsters often terrorize women in slasher films, seduce them in fantasy romances, or even ARE women. Our team of creators, writers, and creature enthusiasts will discuss their favorite beautiful beasts and what can make monsters of us all.

Gillian Daniels (she/her) is a writer.

Cat Scully (she/her) is a writer, artist, and video game creator.

S.T. Gibson (she/they) is a writer, bestselling author, and literary agent.

Lindsay Moore (she/her) is a writer and editor.

See you there! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Boskone 60: 2023

Look, y'all! It's Boskone 60! And February 17-19, I'll be on some panels.

I'll be moderating two of three said panels. One involves discussing Neil Gaiman's The Sandman with, among other talented individuals, Boskone Guest of Honor Nalo Hopkinson! I'm also thrilled to be discussing Shirley Jackson with other enthusiasts including fellow CSFW writer, F. Brett Cox!

What Makes Sandman Work? Harbor 2, Fiction, Literature, Panel, Fri 4:00 PM  

Brad Abraham, Brenda Clough, Gillian Lynn Daniels (moderator), Jennifer Marie Brissett, Nalo Hopkinson

Sandman has been a fan favorite for years. Few thought it was possible to bring it to film successfully, but Netflix has put doubt to the test (and rest?). Let's talk about what makes Sandman work so well in all of its mediums, noting what works, what doesn't, and what we are most looking forward to in future Sandman adaptations.

Casting Your Lot with Shirley Jackson Harbor 2, Fiction, Literature, Panel, Sat 4:00 PM

Chris Panatier, F. Brett Cox, Gillian Lynn Daniels (moderator), Katherine Arden, Mike Allen

From The Lottery to The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson has inspired writers inside and outside of the horror genre and in the process, shaped the genre. We look at how she turns ordinary moments into extraordinary fiction. What more is there to her work and her legacy? Does she continue to inspire and shape horror today?

A Muddle of Mad Scientists Marina 4, Fiction, Literature, Panel, Sat 7:00 PM

Chad Childers (moderator), Gillian Lynn Daniels, Michael M. Jones, Sharon Lee

From Faust to Dr. Horrible, genre fiction is filled with crazily creative geniuses. Why do we love them? What makes the mad scientist character so appealing in horror, comedy, and everything in between? Join us for a mad, mad discussion featuring some of our favorite screwy scientists and inventors from the past, present, and future.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Gets Away With This


In Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 46, my short story, "You'll Never Get Away With This" is ready for your viewing pleasure!

I'm excited to place this particular story with them as it feels uniquely right for a publication  It's about a damsel-in-distress who isn't very distressed and a gentleman villain who starts feeling less than villainous. I hope you'll take some time to read it. 

Thank you, as always, to Gavin Grant and Kelly Link for all they do. 

Monday, January 2, 2023

Arisia 2023 - The Return

Guess what, friends? It's time for Arisia 2023

The weekend of January 13-16, 2023, the biggest genre convention in New England is scheduled to make its return. 

And I signed up for panels!

Creeping Sense of Doom - Friday, 7pm - Writing, Panel - 1hr - Marina Ballroom 2 (2E)
Long before the monster strikes and the evil lurches into view, some authors excel at creating dread. How do you hint at the terror lurking just around the corner without spoiling the rest of the story? Panelists will explore the question of creating apprehension and foreboding in works of horror and other genres.
Kenneth Schneyer (m), Rachel A. Brune, Morgan Crooks, Gillian Daniels, Michelle C. Light

Revisionist Folk and Fairy Tales - Friday, 8:30pm - Literature, Panel - 1hr - Marina Ballroom 1 (2E)
Folk and fairy tales are our oldest forms of speculative fiction, and inventive retellings have long been popular reads. Get ready for a tour of pivotal works in this genre, as well as new and noteworthy contributions.
Gillian Daniels (m), Zareh Artinian, Siobhan Flanagan, Scratch, Trisha J. Wooldridge

Crafting Memorable Villains - Saturday, 11:30am - Writing, Panel - 1hr - Stone (2W)
It’s been said that every villain is the hero of their own story. Speculative Fiction is populated with compelling assassins, thieves, warlocks, con artists and jsut plain jerks, who are as complex and compelling as the protagonists they come up against. What makes villains and anti-heroes irresistible? Our panelists will share how to craft the perfect villain and explain why anti-heroes and villains are so important in their stories. Find out how much fun it can be to give in to the dark side!
Gillian Daniels (m), Michael C. Bailey, M. Dalto, Kristin Janz, Justine Manzano, W.B.J. Williams

Superman and Religion - Saturday, 8:30pm - Comics, Panel - 1hr - Burroughs (3E)
Superman remains a fascinating figure in American mythology: As an often Christlike figure (who worships a Kryptonian sun deity), created by two Jewish sons of immigrants, the Man of Steel also includes elements from the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh. Is Superman plausible as a defender-of-all-faiths, or does he “belong” to any one faith? Our panelists will consider both historical and recent storylines.
Gillian Daniels (m), Benjamin Chicka, Siobhan Flanagan, Troy Minkowsky, Daniel Neff, A. Joseph Ross