6:30-7:45 P.M., DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis. Reading/Q & A/ Autographing/Reception for Arcana 45 Guest Author Benjamin Percy and Guest Editor Catherine Lundoff.
All subsequent events at Best Western Plus, Bandana Square, 1010 Bandana Blvd W, St. Paul, 651-647-1637.
2:30 P.M. Registration Table (outside Soo Line Room, 1st floor) opens
3:05-3:55 P.M. Mainstage (Soo Line Room). Panel: Small-Town Horror Small-town settings in horror novels are usually just an afterthought, maybe even a cliche'. What makes for a good small-town horror novel? What strengths and pitfalls do they have in comparison to the more popular urban and rural set horror novels? Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Roy C. Booth, John Axel Kohagen
4:00 P.M. Vendor Room (Dealers/Art; Milwaukee Road Room, 1st Floor) opens
4:00 P.M. The Waiting Room (bar area of hotel lounge, 1st floor) opens
4:00-4:55 P.M. Mainstage. Panel: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction From the Genesis Flood to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's The Last Man to Cormac McCarthy's The Road and Benjamin Percy's The Dead Lands, post-apolyptic writing has played an important role in imaginative literature. How has it changed over the years and what is its appeal to readers? What are the challenges in writing it? Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Benjamin Percy, Roy C. Booth, Dwayne H. Olson
5:00-5:55 P.M., Mainstage. Fiction Reading and Autographing: Benjamin Percy Our Guest Author samples and signs his work.
5:55-7:55 P.M. DINNER BREAK
Some people will walk or drive the three blocks to Gabe's by the Park, 991 Lexington Pkwy N. You're welcome to join us.
8:00-8:55 P.M., Mainstage. Opening Ceremonies In which introductions are made and Catherine Lundoff and Benjamin Percy are interviewed by Tessa Johnstone Carlson and Eric M. Heideman.
9:00 P.M. Registration Table closes
9:00 P.M. Vendor Room closes
9:00 P.M. The Waiting Room's bar closes
9:00-9:55 P.M., Mainstage. Panel: Wolves, Werewolves, and Wolfen in Fact, Folklore, Fiction, and Film Our Monster of the Year panel includes two werewolf novelists! Wolves, werewolves, and wolflike creatures have played an important part in popular culture at least since the Brothers Grimm.Why? Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Benjamin Percy, Catherine Lundoff, Cynthia Booth, Scott F. Wyattt
10:00 P.M. Krushenko's (Room 101) opens for... Werewolf Party Light refreshments, conversation, and media pertaining to our favorite lycanthropes of legend, literature, and cinema.
1ish A.M. Krushenko's closes
10:00 A.M. Registration Table opens
10:00 A.M. Vendor Room (Dealers & Art; Milwaukee Road Room) opens
10:00-10:55 A.M., Vendor Room (Milwaukee Road). Meet the Vendors See the Dealers show their wares! Talk with the Artists about their work. They're knowledgeable and nice. Steve Fastner & Rich Larson; SF Minnesota; et al.
11:00-11:55 A.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Women and Victorian Horror The Victorian Age was the heyday of ghost stories as well as other stories of Gothic suspense. Almost every woman writer whose name we recognize from the time period wrote at least one dark fantasy story, from Louisa May Alcott to Edith Wharton to the Brontes. We'll focus on the writers, their work and what made it a fertile time for these tales. Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Tessa Johnstone Carlson, Roger Lasley
Noon-12:27 P.M., Mainstage. Panel: What are You Reading? In this annual panel, people recommend works that they have been reading over the past year, especially, though not exclusively, recent fiction of the Dark Fantastic. Your own recommendations are welcomed. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; James P. Roberts
12:28-12:55 P.M., Mainstage. Panel: HPL @ 125! Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), the author whose fandom inspired this convention, continues to grow in both popular and critical power. What keeps this eldritch Yankee gentleman so cool? Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Brian K. Perry, Jason D. Wittman
1:00-1:27 P.M., Mainstage. Panel: Literary Horror vs. Lowbrow Horror A riff on The Many Faces of Horror Fiction from last year. Why are Poe and Henry James considered literary while Dean Koontz, Richard Layman, and V.C. Andrews are not? Brian K. Perry, mod.; Tessa Johnstone Carlson
1:28-1:55 P.M. Panel: Hannibal! From Thomas Harris to Brian Cox to Anthony Hopkins to Mads Mikkelsen, a discussion of Hannibal Lecter in books and media. We'll give special emphasis to Bryan Fuller's Hannibal TV series. Matt Coe, mod.; Jason D. Wittman
2:00-2:55 P.M., Mainstage. Panel: Tanith Lee and Angela Carter and the Dark Fantastic Tanith Lee (1947-2015) and Angela Carter (1940-1992) were both acclaimed writers of complicated female characters dealing with monsters, internal and external. Let's talk about their work and its influence on the field. Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Michael Merriam
3:00-3:55 P.M. Mainstage. Presentation: Fastner & Larson's Trailer Park �Old horror and SF movies that scarred our then-adolescent psyches and forever poisoned our artistic vision." Once again, Steve & Rich try to explain how they turned out so badly--this time by showing trailers of some old '50s and '60s B- (& worse) movies that ended up influencing their aesthetic direction. Greg Larsen, host; Steve Fastner, Rich Larson
4:00 P.M. The Waiting Room's bar (1st floor) opens
4:00-4:27 P.M., Mainstage. Fiction Reading: Catherine Lundoff Our Guest Editor, also an author, reads from her own work.
4:28-4:55 P.M., Mainstage. Editor Q&A Our Guest Editor answers questions specifically pertaining to the art, craft, and business of editing. Catherine Lundoff
5:00 P.M. Registration closes
5:00 P.M. Vendor Room closes
5:00-5:25 P.M., Railroad Lobby Autographing: Catherine Lundoff, et al.
5:25-7:25 P.M. Dinner Break
7:30-7:40 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Award Presentation The Minnesota Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement goes to a person who has lived a significant amount of time in Minnesota and has made a significant contribution to the field of the fantastic. This year the award is accepted by Greg Ketter on behalf of artist John Berkey (1932-2008).
7:50-8:00 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Auction Items Available For Inspection
8:00-10:00ish 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 highlight of the convention. To donate or consign material, contact Dwayne, email@example.com. Dwayne H. Olson, Michael Waltz, Auctioneers; David Christenson, Materials Scrounger; Roger Lasley, Recorder; _____, Vanna; Catherine Lundoff, Moral Support
9:00 P.M. The Waiting Room's bar closes
10ish P.M.--Ten Minutes after Auction Bidding ends. Krushenko's (Room 101) opens for... Folkloric Party Conversation, snacks, and media pertaining to the darker aspects of folk and fairy tales. Riding hoods welcome!
1:30ish A.M. Krushenko's closes
11:00 A.M. Registration Table for Arcana 45 and 46 opens
11:00-11:55 A.M., Mainstage (Soo Line Room). Panel: LGBTQ Horror and Dark Fantasy, New and Old A brief history and recommended works in a variety of mediums. Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Matt Coe
Noon-12:55 P.M., Mainstage. Panel: Clive Barker and Hellraiser With the publication of The Scarlet Gospels, Clive Barker (1952-) concludes the story of Pinhead, one of horror's most intriguing monsters. Discuss the highs and lows of the "Hellraiser" saga. Matt Coe, mod.; Brian K. Perry
1:00-1:55 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: What are You Viewing? Panelists talk about what they've been watching this past year in dark fantastic cinema and TV, worldwide, old and new. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; David Christenson, Greg Larsen
2:00-2:55 P.M., Mainstage. Panel: Penny Dreadful and Penny Dreadfuls The penny dreadful has moved from Victorian supernatural pulp to a new HBO hit. What were the original penny dreadfuls about and what made them appealing? How does the show connect to its past as opposed to breaking new ground? What's next for this new style of Victorian horror? Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Tessa Johnstone Carlson, Matt Coe, Steven Schroer
3:00-3:55 P.M., Mainstage. Panel: Tall, Dark, and Scary: Sir Christopher Lee, 1922-2015 On the actor who, in his 67 year film career, played Frankenstein's Creation, Count Dracula, Kharis the Mummy, Sir Henry Baskerville, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, Darth Tyranus, and Saruman, among many other roles. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Greg Larsen, Brian K. Perry
4:00 P.M. Registration Closes
4:00-4:15 P.M., Mainstage. Closing Ceremonies Wrapping up the official part of Arcana 45, with some words about Arcana 46. Eric M. Heideman, MC; Catherine Lundoff.
4:15-4:45 P.M., Railroad Lobby. Milling about and fond farewells,
4:45-5:00 P.M. Coordinated dinner expedition to...
5:00-7:00 P.M. ...the traditional walleye restaurant, Tavern on Grand, 656 Grand Ave,
7:15 P.M.- Undead Dog Party: Railroad Lobby. Conversation & Gaming Krushenko's. Conversation & Viewers' Choice
For any questions concerning the program, please contact Eric M. Heideman