Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Year-Round

Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $10, Free for Friends of the Festival and Students/Youth (25 and Under)


Join novelist Andrew Pyper (The Homecoming, The Demonologist), graphic novelist Emily Carroll (When I Arrived at the Castle, Through the Woods), historian W. Scott Poole (Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror), and Toronto Star horror books columnist James Grainger as they discuss the recent resurgence of horror film and literature, and the genre’s enduring unique ability to speak across centuries and express our deepest anxieties.


  • Emily Carroll

    Emily Carroll is a writer and artist of numerous award-winning comics, including the horror collection Through the Woods, which won both an Eisner and the British Fantasy Award for 2014. Her online comics work include numerous short stories, with subject matter ranging from haunted rivers to ravenous hand lotions. Her most recent work is a graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson's 1999 novel Speak. She lives in Stratford, Ontario with two dogs, one cat, and her wonderful and talented wife, Kate.

  • James Grainger

    James Grainger is the horror-books columnist for the Toronto Star and a contributing editor to Canadian Notes & Queries. His reviews and journalism have been nominated for a National Magazine Award and he is the author of The Long Slide, which won the ReLit Award for short fiction, and Harmless, a Globe and Mail and National Post best book of the year.

  • W. Scott Poole

    W. Scott Poole is a professor of history at the College of Charleston, and he teaches and writes about horror and popular culture. His past books include the award-winning Monsters in Americaand the biography Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror. He is a Bram Stoker award nominee for his critically acclaimed biography of H.P. Lovecraft, In the Mountains of Madness.

  • Andrew Pyper

    Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including The Only Child and The Demonologist, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. Among his previous books, Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist and The Damned, are in active development for feature film. He lives in Toronto.