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Sunday, October 20 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Don't Look, Don't Speak: The Politics of Ability in Horror

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From Bird Box to A Quiet Place, forcing someone to restrict their own abilities can be a great scare tactic for horror stories. However, it also walks a fine line between centering the experiences of disabled people, and exploiting them for drama. How can we use these types of stories for a good scare, while also respecting the daily struggles of real people? Even better, how can we design them as vehicles for empowerment?

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Ada Hoffmann

Ada Hoffmann is the author of the space opera novel THE OUTSIDE, the collection MONSTERS IN MY MIND, and over 60 published speculative short stories and poems. Her work has appeared in professional magazines such as Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and Uncanny, and in three year’s-best... Read More →
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Tonya Patricia Liburd

Attendee, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Tonya Liburd's fiction is used in Nisi Shawl's workshops and Tananarive Due’s UCLA Horror course. Her poetry has been nominated for the 2017 and 2018 Rhysling awards, and her fiction has been longlisted for the 2015 Carter V. Cooper (Vanderbilt)/Exile Short Fiction Competition... Read More →

Elsa Sjunneson

Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor. She has written for tor.com, Fireside, Uncanny and numerous other venues. Her debut memoir ALONE IN THE LIGHT releases in 2021 from Tiller Press. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunday October 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Salon F - 60 seats