’s Twelve Days of Monsters: Celebrating the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts


The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) is an annual scholarly conference held annually in Orlando, Florida, and devoted to all aspects of the fantastic (broadly defined) as it appears in literature, film, and the other arts.  It is sponsored by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. This year, the ICFA (March 21 – 25) has a theme of “The Monstrous Fantastic,” with guests of honor China Mieville and Kelly Link. Ann VanderMeer and I will be there representing WFR, our The Weird compendium, and various other projects. She is participating on a panel or two, and I have a reading and panel.

In celebration of this year’s ICFA, we’re presenting readers with “12 Days of Monsters,” and to whet your appetite, here is the entire schedule for the 12 Days, including a few surprises. Please note that is not officially affiliated with ICFA and neither is our “12 Days” celebration.

Highlights of our exclusive content  include a new interview with ICFA guest China Mieville and the first web publication of ICFA guest Kelly Link’s “Pretty Monsters” along with this year’s Crawford Award winner Genevieve Valentine’s “Dire Wolf,” as well as monstrous art, comics, and favorite monsters…

12 Days of Monsters

March 15, Thursday
“Replacements” by Lisa Tuttle (fiction)
“A Brief History of Monsters” by Theodora Goss (essay)

March 16, Friday
“Weiroot” by Jeffrey Ford (fiction)
“The Happiness of the Katakuris” by Matthew Pridham (movie review)

March 17 – 18, Sat-Sun
“Creature” by Ramsey Shehadeh (fiction)
“Making Her Own Light: Caitlin R. Kiernan” by Jeff VanderMeer (essay)
“Fascinating Monsters” by Aeron Alfrey (art gallery)

March 19, Monday
“Pretty Monsters” by Kelly Link (fiction – available one week only)
“The Third Bear” by Jeff VanderMeer (essay)
“Vampires” by Edward Gauvin (essay)
»Free download of Jeff VanderMeer’s essay collection Monstrous Creatures

March 20, Tuesday
“Monsters and The Weird with China Mieville” (interview)
“A Weird Bestiary” by Leah Thomas (art gallery)
“Monsters in the Grotesque” by Nancy Hightower (essay)

March 21, Wednesday
“Dire Wolf” by Genevieve Valentine (fiction)
“Werewolves” by Ekaterina Sedia (editorial)
“Kornwolf: A Review” by Jesse Bullington (essay)

March 22, Thursday
“Blood Makes Noise” by Gemma Files (fiction)
“Complicit in Their Own Derangement: An Interview with Gemma Files”

March 23, Friday
“Troll” by Johanna Sinisalo (novel excerpt)
“My Favorite Monster” (responses from over 60 writers, including Mike Mignola, Christopher Fowler, Karen Lord, Stephen Graham Jones, Rikki Ducornet, Rachel Pollack, Livia Llyewellyn, and Karen Lord.)
»One day free offer: download the Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals e‑book

March 24 – 25, Sat-Sun
“Dust Enforcer” by Reza Negarestani (fiction-philosophy)
“Creatures” by John Langan (essay)

March 26th
“Reading the Weird: The Thing About It…” by Leah Thomas (comic, with special epilogue)
“Thing in Jar” by Michael Cisco (fiction)
“The Thing in the Hall” by E.F. Benson (fiction)
“The Thing in the Cellar” by David H. Keller (fiction)
“The Thing in the Weeds” by William Hope Hodgson (fiction)
“The Thing” by Matthew Pridham (essay)
“Other Things” by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (editorial)

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