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Event Date: February 28 - March 1, 2020

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Saturday, February 29 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Contemporary Fantasy: Setting the Fantastic in the Everyday World

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An inherent advantage of the fantasy genre is that it offers a dazzling diversity of settings. Some fantasy is set in alternate versions of the historical past, in which the magic of folklore is real. Other stories take place in imaginary worlds populated by folkloric characters. Such fantasy settings free the author from the constraints of the 'real world.' Want your heros to have to find their way over or through a precipitous mountain range? Draw the Misty Mountains down the middle of your map. Want a dragon to show up, breathing fire and speaking in riddles? Name him Smaug and start writing. So, with such freedom available, why do some authors opt for the constraints of the here and now? What are the advantages--and pitfalls--of writing the fantastic into our own backyards?

Moderators
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Mike Allen

Author/Editor/Publisher, Mythic Delirium Books
World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson and Nebula Award finalist Mike Allen has written several poetry collections, including Strange Wisdoms of the Dead (a Philadephia Inquirer editor’s choice selection), The Journey to Kailash and Hungry Constellations; a twisted dark fantasy novel, The... Read More →

MystiCon 2020 Guests
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R.S. Belcher

Writing
R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and journalist, as well as an author of short and long fiction in a number of genres. Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and... Read More →
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Stuart Jaffe

Author, Writing
Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind The Max Porter Paranormal Mysteries, the Nathan K thrillers, The Parallel Society series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman, Founders, Real Magic, and so much more. His unique brand of old pulp adventure mixed with a contemporary sensibility brings... Read More →
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Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman was born in England, but spent most of his life in Northwest Florida. He’d be there still but he met his dream woman in 2008 and moved up to Durham, NC in 2010 to marry her. Nine years this June, woot!After he graduated college with no clear career path, he figured... Read More →
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Patrick Dugan

Writing
Patrick Dugan was born in the far north of New York, where the cold winds blow. This meant lots of time for reading over the long winters. His parents didn't care what he read as long as he did and thus Patrick started with a steady diet of comics and science fiction novels.His debut... Read More →
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Robert W. Ross

Author, Spartamac Publishing


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:30pm - 6:00pm EST
Vista Room