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Event Date: February 22 - 24, 2019

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Friday, February 22 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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?

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Fraser Sherman

Fraser Sherman couldn't think of anything profitable to do with his college degree so he decided to try writing. It turned out he liked it. In between long stretches of starving in a garret, he's worked as a newspaper reporter, and a business writer for various websites. He's also... Read More →

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Kari Kilgore

Kari Kilgore lives and works in her native mountains of Virginia. From that solid home base, she and her husband Jason Adams find adventures all over this world and others to bring to life in fiction. Exploring local legends and mythologies in particular delights and inspires them... Read More →
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Rodney Scott Belcher

R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters... Read More →
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S.A. Hunter

S.A. Hunter writes the popular Scary Mary Series. It is a young adult series about a high school girl who hears ghost. The tagline is, "The dead speak to her. She wishes they'd shut up." In each book, Mary must deal with paranormal and teen issues. From standing up to bullies to stopping... Read More →
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Pamela K. Kinney

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Author Pamela K. Kinney gave up long ago trying not to listen to the voices in her head and has written award-winning, bestselling horror, fantasy. science fiction, poetry, along with five nonfiction ghost books ever since. Three of her nonfiction ghost books garnered Library of Virginia... Read More →
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John Walker

John Walker is an author, IT guy, philosopher, Green Lantern, former Chippendale dancer, and the inspiration for Walker, Texas Ranger. He’s published eleven books in his fantasy noir series The Statford Chronicles, the story of the private detective of the gods. He’s also the... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Ballroom D

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