Aug 21-25, 2019
11 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI 02903
Pre-Party Readings, Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.: A special author reading event
at the Black Box at AS220, 95 Empire Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Authors will share 7-10
minutes each of their work.
Panel, Friday, August 23, 2019, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.: SONGS THE SANDMAN SINGS: THE LEGACY AND
INFLUENCE OF E.T.A. HOFFMANN – Newport-Washington, Omni 3rd Floor. German Romantic and polymath
E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776 – 1822) was an early pioneer in science fiction and fantasy, with macabre
sensibilities that influenced Poe, Kafka, and Hitchcock. Perhaps best known for his stories The
Nutcracker and the Mouse King, The Sandman, and Automata, his work and ideas connected fantasy,
mesmerism, dreams, and machine culture in ways sometimes overlooked today. Panelists Christa Carmen,
Michael Dirda, Sean Moreland (M), Sonya Taaffe, & L.C. von Hessen discuss his work and illuminate
his enduring influence on weird fiction.
Panel, Sunday, August 25, 2019, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.: THE DREAMLANDS AND DREAM NARRATIVE IN
HPL – Washington-Newport Room, Omni 3rd Floor. Dreams figure prominently in the work of Lovecraft,
both in his Dream Cycle stories and in other work. Our panelists explore the geography and denizens
of the Dreamlands, and his use of dreams in general in fiction and poetry. What were the major
influences on his dream writing and how did his own dreams invade his waking life? How have
writers expanded on or modified his ideas since? Close your eyes and find out! Panelists: Christa
Carmen, Pete Rawlik (M), Jason Bradley Thompson, Peter Cannon, James Chambers.