The Twenty-First Century Horror Novel

Rooms 328-329, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, March 10, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


The novel has thrived as a vehicle for scary stories since the time of Ann Radcliffe and Mary Shelley, and after three centuries, horror is returning to the mainstream. What elements of the genre have persisted, and how has horror evolved? How are contemporary writers reimagining horror? What essential work do horror tropes perform in this particular historical moment? Four novelists discuss the aesthetics and politics of fear.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline_The_21st_Century_Horror_Novel.pdf



Stephanie Feldman's work includes the novels Saturnalia (forthcoming) and the award-winning The Angel of Losses, the multigenre anthology Who Will Speak for America?, and short fiction and essays. She teaches fiction in the Arcadia University MFA program.

Juan Martinez is an associate professor at Northwestern University. Best Worst American, his story collection, was released in 2017. His novel Extended Stay is forthcoming in 2023. His work has appeared in Huizache, Glimmer Train, McSweeney's, Ecotone, Selected Shorts, and elsewhere.

Erika T. Wurth’s novel White Horse was published with Flatiron/Macmillan. She's a Kenyon and Sewanee fellow, and narrative artist for the Meow Wolf Denver. She's represented by Rebecca Friedman (books) and Dana Spector, CA (film). She's an urban Native of Apache / Chickasaw / Cherokee descent.

Addie Tsai (any/all) has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in dance from Texas Woman's University. Addie teaches creative writing at William & Mary. They are the author of Dear Twin and Unwieldy Creatures.


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