Jeff Provine

Jeff Provine wears a lot of different hats. From his love of spooky stories, he has published several collections of haunted Oklahoma folklore books and leads ghost tours in Norman and Oklahoma City. From his love of comics, his The Academy webcomic ran 2003-2013, and Okie Comics delivers comics by Oklahoma creators. And from his love of speculative fiction, he has published several novels as well as the This Day in Alternate History blogging project for a twist on history for every day of the year. He also serves as Professor of English at OCCC.

04:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

The Big(foot) Bang Theory

In this urban fantastic liar's panel, let's create a believable origin story for our favorite cryptids of today. Are Chupacabras the larval stage of Bigfoot? Do Thunderbirds keep Nessie as a pet?

Moderator: Jeff Provine

Panelists: Jeff Provine, Rook Riley, Tim Frayser, Tracy S. Morris

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Meetup, General Interest

10:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Spooky Stories and Urban Legends

Not in the mood for dancing? Grab your glowsticks and fire up your flashlights, it's time for a fright! Share your favorite ghost story or urban legend with the group!

Moderator: Jeff Provine

Panelists: Jeff Provine, Dennis Spielman, Joshua Caudill, M.A., Tommy B. Smith

Tracks: Supernatural & Paranormal, Meetup, General Interest

02:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

RPG & Board Game Design

Do you have an idea for a game you'd like to make, or even a prototype? We'll cover basic design elements, game structure, and what has led to success for games in the past, as well as the business side of licensing, publishing, and marketing!

Moderator: Lisa Smedman

Panelists: Jeff Provine, Lisa Smedman, DM Dave, Mark Finn

Tracks: Gaming, Business & Marketing, General Interest

05:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Vampires Across the Ages

Long a staple of Urban Fantasy and other speculative fiction, the vampires of folklore are markedly different from Stoker's Count – even more so from Yarbro's noble St. Germain, or the sparkles from Twilight. We discuss the influences of those early roots, and look at the many changes in the Vampyre.

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Panelists: Jeff Provine, Sherri Dean, Adam J. Whitlatch, vickey malone kennedy, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Fantasy, Writing & Publishing, Horror, Supernatural & Paranormal, Film & TV, Science Fiction, Comics, History

11:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Oklahoma's Urban Legends

Heard of the witch at Kitchen Lake? Visited the Hatchet House where Little Carey was murdered? Seen Effie at the Skirvin Hotel? Oklahoma folklorist Jeff Provine tells our state's spooky stories while presenting his research techniques.

Moderator: Jeff Provine

Panelists: Jeff Provine

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Supernatural & Paranormal, Horror

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Stop Calling Everything "AI"

Our panelists knock Artificial Intelligence from its buzzword throne. Lights that automatically turn on when it is dark, AI! Actually that's just a basic photoelectric sensor. Dryers that stop when clothes are dry, AI! Basic moisture sensor. So what then is AI, and how did it become the way to describe Life, the Universe, and Everything?

Moderator: Caleb Haldane

Panelists: Jeff Provine, Daniel Erickson, Caleb Haldane, David Rike, Tim Chessmore

Tracks: STEM, Culture & World Affairs

Noon | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table


One-hour signings.

Profile: Jeff Provine, David Carrico

Tracks: Autographs