Atlanta, GA, Friday, May 8 Marriott Marquis – Sarnath Room 1:00-2:00pm. Horror/Sci-fi writer Jeff Carroll will be on a panel at The World Horror Convention. The panel will be moderator by author Balogun Ojetade. The other panelists include writers Gerald Coleman, Crystal Connor, Craig Laurance Gidney, John Edward Lawson.
The title of the panel is Different Visions: African American Spec-Lit from Afrofuturism to Beloved. Some of the most exciting spec-lit today is coming from multicultural viewpoints, including dynamic works by African-American / Black authors. Anyone following the latest debates in SF/F/H knows that diversity also has become a controversial topic. This panel will explore horror and spec-lit in general as envisioned through the lens of the Black experience from enslavement to the Civil Rights Movement to the murders of Black people throughout America at the hands of law-enforcement.
The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry; publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.
In the late 1980’s, a growing number of horror professionals and fans who attended the World Fantasy Convention (at that time one of the only conventions for horror fans) felt that they needed a convention of their own. Founded by Beth Gwinn (who had the idea), Joann Parsons and Maurine Dorris, the first World Horror Convention was held in Nashville, Tennessee in 1991.
There has been a World Horror Convention every year since, in cities all over the United States as well as Canada and the UK. Guests of Honor have included virtually every living legend in the horror field in literature, movies, television, art and more.
The World Horror Convention is presided over year-to-year by the World Horror Society, an unincorporated literary society made up of professionals in the horror field and past convention chairs. The first WHS Board consisted of, Beth Gwinn, Jo Fletcher, Charles L. Grant, Steven Jones, Ginger Buchanan, Stanley Wiater, Joanne Parson & Maurine Dorris. For more information visit them at www.worldhorrorconvention.com
Jeff Carroll is a writer and a filmmaker. He is pioneering what he calls Hip Hop horror, Sci/fi and fantasy. His stories always have lots of action and a social edge. He has written and produced 2 films, Holla If I Kill You and Gold Digger Killer which won BEST Picture at the International Hip Hop film festival. He has published 3 books the novelization to Gold Digger Killer, Thug angel Rebirth of a Gargoyle and It Happened on Negro Mountain. His short stories have appeared in both The Black Science Fiction Society’s anthology and their magazine. He writes out of South Florida where he lives with his wife and youngest son. Please connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and his blog http://hhcnf.blogspot.com/