Vampire and Other Variations--
Worldbuilding as seen through the lens of the Monstrous
with A.M. Dellamonica
All of our years of taking in monster media--whether it's via light vampiric satire like *What We Do in the Shadows* or the harsh high school zombie drama like *All of Us Are Dead*--have taught us the rules of the standard monster story. Vampires drink blood, werewolves have a Moon problem, and zombies... well, what is up with zombie media lately? This workshop considers how you can use the "operating rules" of the traditional horror monsters to enhance your worldbuilding, amplifying the legendary power of these iconic figures to tell your own stories.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
|A.M. Dellamonica's first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Their fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, won the 2016 Prix Aurora for Best Novel. They have published over forty short stories in Tor.com, Asimovs SF, The Magazine of Fantasy and SF, and elsewhere, along with poetry, pop culture essays, and even the 2021 play Dressed as People, which they co-wrote with Kelly Robson and Amal El-Mohtar. Their newest novels, Gamechanger and Dealbreaker, were released under the name L.X. Beckett and are solarpunk adventures that imagine humanity surviving climate change and creating a post-carbon economy.
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