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Supernatural & Paranormal

02:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Unnatural Critters

Let's discuss cryptids and their roles in folklore and tale. What might have inspired Nessie or the loup-garou? What do impossible animals imply about folk knowledge, or people's trust in those “experts” who deny the beast?

Moderator: Trina Jacobs

Panelists: Karen Thrower, M. Scott Carter, Tim Frayser, Trina Jacobs

Tracks: Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing

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

Tracks: General Interest, Supernatural & Paranormal, Meetup

11:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma G

Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem in Audiobooks, Film, TV, and Podcasting

Dark, suspenseful, gritty. Some movies, podcasts and TV shows balance these elements masterfully to create an engaging and nail-biting experience. But how to align and synergize these various elements well? Does crime storytelling have a place in the world of horror and mystery? We'll discuss the narrative techniques that keep audiences riveted.

Moderator: Stephen Patrick

Panelists: Caleb Masters, Crash Thunderpants, Mark Finn, Rhonda Eudaly, Stephen Patrick

Tracks: Film & TV, Horror, Content Creation & Podcasting, Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing

Noon | Location: Boomer B

How to Design a New Creature

Drawing vampires, werewolves, and other mythological creatures. Which parts should be incorporated into our own artworks? What new traits can be added, while still making them recognizable? How do we avoid derivative or stale monsters? Let's make monsters terrifying again!

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: J.H. Fleming, Jacob Blackmon, Jan S. Gephardt, Michael "Gecko" Adams

Tracks: Art, Fantasy, Supernatural & Paranormal

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.

Moderator: vickey malone kennedy

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

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

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: Horror, Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing

Noon | Location: Boomer A

Fantasy In My Sci-Fi?

Sure, why not? These days, fantasy elements are found in historicals, thrillers, political dramas, mysteries … the list goes on and on. Stories that borrow hallmark plot devices from other genres can delight us and create room for interesting series expansion.

Moderator: Selina Rosen

Panelists: Carolyn Kay, Chris Curtis, Rhonda Eudaly, Selina Rosen, Trina Jacobs

Tracks: Fantasy, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing, YA - Young Adult Fiction

02:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Increase Your Eldritch Word Power

It's a vocabulary test based on the big word-hoards of Lovecraft and Poe. Can YOU give the correct definition of these obscure words?

Moderator: Mark Alfred

Panelists: J.H. Fleming, Kim Ventrella, Mark Alfred, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: General Interest, Horror, Supernatural & Paranormal, Writing & Publishing, Meetup