NecronomiCon Providence 2019 is rapidly approaching and is sure to be another excellent conference focusing on dark literature and culture.
Here is the complete list of my scheduled appearances at this year's conference:
Friday, August 23rd
3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
– Washington-Newport Room, Omni 3 FloorIn his seminal work, “The Idea of the Holy,” German philosopher and theologian Rudolf Otto codified the notion of the mysterium tremendum as an apprehension of the divine that has its “wild and demonic forms and can sink to an almost grisly horror and shuddering,” but may also be “developed into something beautiful and pure and glorious.” In this discussion we will examine how the holy or divine expressed in art and mystical traditions is also often terrifying, and how magic can be mistaken as demonic rather than daemonic.
Peter Bebergal, Richard Gavin, Pam Grossman, Dennis Quinn, Janaka Stucky, Anthony Teth (M)
Saturday, August 24th
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
– Capital Ballroom, Graduate 2FloorThroughout the history of Weird Fiction (and its antecedents in both folklore and the fairy tale) the notion of the Forest has played a key role as setting, subject, and the very darkness at the core of Weird fiction. This discussion will explore the notion of sylvan dread through some of its best contemporary practitioners and, just maybe, we’ll get to the heart of why we have always feared the dark forests of the world.
Richard Gavin, Larissa Glasser, Bracken MacLeod (M), Jordan Smith, Paul Tremblay
6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.