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Saturday, August 19 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Monstrous Queer
Horror stories hold up a funhouse mirror to the most extreme parts of our nature, using the familiar to allow us to experience the unimaginable extent of our potential, all from the safety of our sofas. As evidenced by our community’s recent celebration of the Babadook as a queer icon, the horror genre and its monsters are particularly resonant within the LGBTQ community. We ourselves are marginalized and misunderstood by a world that often fears us, but the horror genre is notoriously plagued by misogyny, racism, and homo- and transphobia. In this panel, we’ll talk about the way horror attracts marginalized audiences just as often as it alienates them. Where and how do we see ourselves in the thinly-coded monsters we’ve come to embrace? And what can we do to add our unique voices and experiences to these narratives thatseem so eerily familiar to us?

Moderators
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M.H. McFerren

M.H. McFerren is a writer, gamer, and pigeon-wrangler. With numerous short stories published in numerous anthologies, McFerren savors telling queer stories about queer people – be it through historical fiction, horror, or outright smut (especially outright smut). Last year's hi... Read More →

Speakers
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Cecil Baldwin

Cecil Baldwin is the narrator of the hit podcast Welcome To Night Vale. He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, performing in their late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, as well as Drama Desk-nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene... Read More →
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Mark Patton

Mark Patton, known as the first male "scream queen" starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. His newest film, Family Possessions, has him fighting to survive in a haunted house alongside actress Felissa Rose. Patton is also a longtime gay rights activist and has... Read More →
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Stan Stanley

Goatmonster in Pile of Rags, Snakewife Comics
Stan Stanley is a queer Latina living in NYC. She works on two ongoing comics (The Hazards of Love and Abernathy Square) and an occasionally-updated journal comic (Stananigans). Stan's been making queer online comics for almost two decades now, during which time she has also been... Read More →


Saturday August 19, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room C