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World Fantasy Convention (2019)

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Fantasy Noir is a relatively new genre and has gained significant popularity in recent years. Sometimes described as “magical cities in decay,” noir’s combination of urban grime and sleazy glamour brings a realistic and deliciously nasty flavor to the fantasy genre. Fantasy Noir blends the setting, characters and plot structure of a Hardboiled Detective/Occult Detective mystery story with the more colorful elements of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Noir heroes are often extremely flawed or bad people or – on occasion – an honest cop or hero figure whose morality is distinctly at odds with the way the world works. Flawed protagonists are often motivated by greed, lust, anger, and revenge as much as higher motives. When they do something genuinely noble, it can be with great reluctance. A hero’s honesty and nobility often results in horrific personal consequences for himself and others.

2019 World Fantasy Convention: Fantasy Noir

Guests of Honor: Tad Williams, Reiko Murakami, Sheree Renée Thomas, Margo Lanagan, Beth Meacham, Robert Silverberg (Toastmaster)

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2019-10-31 to

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