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Old 04-22-2017   #1
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Ligotti Panel at StokerCon

A week from today (Saturday, April 29) at 2:00 p.m., there will be a panel at StokerCon titled "Thomas Ligotti and the Nightmare of Living".

S.T. Joshi, Ted Grau, and I will be discussing Tom's work aboard the Queen Mary. (A former luxury liner permanently docked in Long Beach, CA.) The panel will be in the Regent Room. Would love to see some TLO folks there.

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Re: Ligotti Panel at StokerCon

Any chance of a live stream or later posted recording (video or sound) for those who have not succumbed to the Call of Cthulu(California)?

BTW: Nicole, I really enjoyed Mirrors. It read with a familiar while still wholly original voice.

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Re: Ligotti Panel at StokerCon

That sounds wonderful. Wish I could be there. I hope you'll give us a report afterward, Nicole (and you, too, Ted, if you're listening).

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Re: Ligotti Panel at StokerCon

I hope there's going to be a recording, because this sounds really good
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Re: Ligotti Panel at StokerCon

There was some confusion, initially, if the panel was going to be held on Friday or Saturday.

As it's now settled into the Saturday schedule, I'm confirmed as a panelist, and very much looking forward to it. Should be fun.

As I can never say no to Matt Cardin, I will for sure provide a recap for the good folks at TLO.

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Re: Ligotti Panel at StokerCon

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There was some confusion, initially, if the panel was going to be held on Friday or Saturday.

As it's now settled into the Saturday schedule, I'm confirmed as a panelist, and very much looking forward to it. Should be fun.

As I can never say no to Matt Cardin, I will for sure provide a recap for the good folks at TLO.
I wish I could go. It would have been nice to have met you in person.

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Re: Ligotti Panel at StokerCon

Hopefully, the event will spark interest in both Ligotti and the idea of "philosophical horror." I enjoy all things horror (well, not all things horror), but Ligotti as well as other practitioners of weird fiction represent the very summit of the genre itself.

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Re: Ligotti Panel at StokerCon

Should there be a sudden downturn in Ligotti interest in the greater Los Angeles area beginning on April 29th, I have only myself to blame.

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Re: Ligotti Panel at StokerCon

That sounds dreamy, Nicole. Thanks so much for the recap. I deeply wish I had been able to attend!

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Re: Ligotti Panel at StokerCon

Nicole covered it pretty well. I might be putting together a quick recap for my website, depending on how my schedule plays out over the next week.

Briefly, and reinforcing what Nicole wrote below, it was a fantastic panel, with a great balance of perspectives. The crowd was larger than I thought possible, considering that the interview and then signing with George R.R. Martin drew most of the energy for a good 4-5 hours on Saturday.

What struck me most was the older gentleman sitting in the front row, who expressed right before the panel ended that he had never read Ligotti, and was now convinced that he was worth a look. That was quite satisfying.

Also, a 16 year old kid and aspiring writer who was at the panel picked up a copy of my collection. I was happier that he sat in on an hour of discussion devoted to Thomas Ligotti, to be honest. Start 'em young!

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