Arcana 42 Schedule                                                                                                                                        *Starred items are still open for volunteers, as of 10-8-2012. Contact Eric,, 612-721-5959


Thursday, October 18, 2012 CE:

6:30-7:45 p.m. Appearance by/Reception for Arcana 42 Guest of Honor S. T. Joshi. DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis

All subsequent events at Best Western—Bandana Square, 1010 Bandana Blvd W, St. Paul, 651-647-1637.


Friday, October 19, 2012 CE:

2:30 p.m. Registration Table opens

3:00 p.m. Hospitality/Media Lounge (Northern Pacific Room, 1st floor) opens

3:00-4:25 p.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Media

4:00 p.m. Vendor Room (Dealers/Art; Milwaukee Road Room, 1st floor) opens

4:00 p.m. The Waiting Room (hotel lounge, 1st floor) opens

*4:30-5:30 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line Room, 1st floor). Panel: H.P. Lovecraft’s Letters          Hippocampus Press is working on a complete edition of Lovecraft’s correspondence—which may run to 25 volumes—under the co-editorship of S. T. Joshi and others. We’ll discuss HPL’s letters, both as to their literary and scientific quality and their influence on fantastic fiction.                                                                   Eric M. Heideman, mod.; S. T. Joshi, Donovan K. Loucks, Brian K. Perry

5:35-7:25 p.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Media

6:00 p.m. Registration moves to Hospitality

7:30-8:25 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Opening Ceremonies                                                                              S. T. Joshi is interviewed by Eric M. Heideman.

8:30-9:30 p.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Slideshow Presentation: Lovecraftian Rhode Island                                                                                                                                             Donovan K. Loucks presents his own photographs of sites in Providence and outlying Rhode Island pertaining to Lovecraft’s fiction.

9:00 p.m. The Waiting Room closes

9:00 p.m. Vendor Room closes

9:40-ca. 11:10 p.m., Krushenko’s (Room 101). Media

Ca. 11:15 p.m.-ca. 12:45 a.m., Krushenko’s (Room 101). Media


Saturday, October 20, 2012 CE:

9:00 a.m. Hospitality/Media Lounge (Northern Pacific Room) opens

9:00-10:55 a.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Media

10:00 a.m. Registration Table opens

10:00 a.m. Vendor Room (Dealers/Art; Milwaukee Road Room) opens

*11:00-11:55 a.m., Mainstage (Soo Line Room). Panel: Lovecraft’s Important Precursors                      Ranging all the way back to Poe and including Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James, and William Hope Hodgson, all of whom S. T. Joshi has done work upon.                                                                                                                                               Eric M. Heideman, mod.; S. T. Joshi

*Noon-12:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: What Are You Reading?                                                  Our annual reading recommendations, especially—though not exclusively—of fiction of the dark fantastic, especially—though not exclusively—of recent vintage.                                                                                        Thomas Marchlewski, mod. ; Rob Callahan

1:00-1:55 p.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Slideshow/Presentation: Lovecraftian New England                                                                                                                                         Donovan K. Loucks presents his own photographs of Lovecraft-related sites in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, with a touch of New York City.

*2:00-2:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: The Life and Works of H.P. Lovecraft, 1890-1937                                                                                                                                                      On the lynchpin of 20th century horror fiction authors.                                                                                              Eric M. Heideman, mod.; S. T. Joshi, Brian K. Perry

3:00-3:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Talk: John J. Koblas                                                                                John J. Koblas talks about material related to his new books, Ghost Stories and Other Dark Tales and The Lovecraft Cirle and Others: As I Remember Them, and his other, soon-forthcoming books of the fantastical.

4:00 p.m. The Waiting Room (hotel lounge) opens

4:00-4:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Reading: S. T. Joshi

5:00 p.m. Registration closes

5:00 p.m. Vendor Room closes

*5:00-5:20 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Autographing; S. T. Joshi, John J. Koblas, Roy C. Booth. Rob Callahan? Et al

5:20-7:30 p.m. Dinner Break, including:

5:20-5:30 p.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Coordinated Pizza Order

5:30-7:25 p.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Media

7:30-7:45 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Minnesota Fantasy Award Presentation                                                The Minnesota Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement for a person who has lived a significant amount of time in Minnesota is presented to John J. (Jack) Koblas by Eric M. Heideman.

7:50-8:00 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Auction items available for inspection

8:00-ca. 10:30 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Minn-Con Auction                                                                               Cool books, films, artwork, etc., the proceeds of which are used to keep Arcana’s Sponsoring Organization afloat. This is the fun energy highpoint of the convention. To donate or consign material contact Dwayne,                                                                                                                 Dwayne H. Olson, Michael Waltz, Auctioneers; David Christenson, Sugar Daddy; Roger Lasley, Recorder; Jennifer Marhlewski, Jamie Olson, Runners

9:00 p.m. The Waiting Room closes

10:40 p.m. or 10 minutes after Auction bidding ends, whichever comes later, Krushenko’s (Room 101). Media

Ca. 1215 a.m.-, Krushenko’s (Room 101). Media


Sunday, October 21, 2012 CE:

9:00 a.m. Hospitality/Media Lounge (Northern Pacific Room) opens

9:00-10:25 a.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific Room). Media

10:00 a.m. Registration for Arcana 42 & 43 (inside or outside of Hospitality) opens

*10:30-11:25 a.m., Mainstage (Soo Line Room). Panel: Lovecraft’s Successors                                           We’ll look at leading authors in the Lovecraft tradition, from August Derleth to Ramsey Campell to Caitlin Kiernan to Laird Barron.                                                                                                                                            James P. Roberts, mod.; S. T. Joshi, Brian K. Perry

11:00 a.m. Vendor Room (Dealers/Art; Milwaukee Road Room) opens

11:30 a.m.-noon, Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Video: Cthulhu for President Rally, 1992                           This video was made at Minn-Con 1992, at what was then the Sunwood Inn (the same hotel as today). Script by Philip Philip J. Rahman (1952-2011); keynote speakers include George Hoffman, John Olson, Dennis Weiler, Scott F. Wyatt.

*12:05-1:00 p.m., Mainstage (Northern Pacific Room). Panel: International Horror Films                       For years we’ve been looking at international horror cinema, one country or one language at a time. This time we’ll step back  to talk about things we’ve found especially memorable in international horror cinema, and why .                                                                                                                                                      Thomas Marchlewski, mod.; Cynthia Booth, David Christenson, Eric M. Heideman

*1:05-2:00 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Lovecraft in the Comics                                                  Richard Corben’s Lovecraft adaptations, various underground comix adaptations, Berni Wrightson’s Cthulhu-oid material for Warren publications, Hellboy, and more.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Roy C. Booth, mod.; Steve Fastner,  Donovan K. Loucks

*2:05-2:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Lovecraft’s Influence on the Movies                                      We’ll talk about both direct adaptations of HPL’s work and films that, while not strict adaptations, bear the spirit of HPL.)                                                                                                                                                           Thomas Marchlewski, mod.; Cynthia Booth, Donovan K. Loucks, Brian K. Perry

3:00 p.m. Hospitality closes

3:00 p.m. Vendor Room closes

 *3:00-3:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Cosmic Monsters                                                                  Lovecraft believed that the purest horror was cosmic horror, overturning our understanding of reality, exciting “in the reader a profound sense of dread, and of unknown spheres and powers; a subtle attitude of awed listening, as if for the beating of black wings or the scratching of outside shapes and entities on the known universe’s utmost rim.” For Arcana 42’s “Monster of the Year,” we’ll look at cosmic monsters in fact, folklore, artwork, fiction, and film.                                                                                                    Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Roy C. Booth                                                                                                        

4:00 p.m. Registration closes

4:00-4:15 p.m., Mainstage. Closing Ceremonies                                                                                                     Wrapping up the official part of Arcana 42, with some words about Arcana 43.                                                 Eric M. Heideman, MC. Followed by…

4:15-4:45 p.m., Railroad Lobby. Milling about and fond farewells, followed by…

4:45-5:00 p.m. Coordinated dinner expedition to…

5:00-7:00 p.m. the traditional walleye restaurant, Tavern on Grand, followed by…

7:15 p.m.- Undead Dog Party:                                                                                                                                Railroad Lobby—Conversation & Gaming                                                                                                  Krushenko’s—Conversation & Viewers’ Choice Films