Rob was at the World Fantasy Convention in
Saratoga Springs, US, in early November 2007 as part of a large Australian contingent.
was at Conflux
4 on September 28 to October 1, 2007 in
Canberra, on a variety of horror-themed panels and overseeing
the film festival. The highlight was taking part in
an onstage interview with guest author, Graham Joyce.
was at Convergence
2, the 2007 National SF Convention in Melbourne,
8-11 June 2007. He was on several panels (one on Apocalypse
stories, one on themed anthologies and one of Zombies),
he took part in the Great Debate (where he argued very
badly, but with abuse), and he did a Presentation on
the topic "The Revenge of the past: Ghosts, Zombies
and the Aesthetics of Horror". Synopsis:
understanding of the nature of "Horror"
as a genre is muddy at best and there is a growing
tendency to discuss it in terms of mere physical threat
-- violence, serial killers, lunatics, torture. Yet
if the current popularity of ghost stories and zombie
epics proves anything, it is that the above naturalistic
"thriller" tropes are not the whole story.
In fact, maybe they're not the story at all. It rather
depends on what you mean by "horror", and
Robert Hood flings himself into that particular morass,
examining just how relevant the immaterial can be
in a materialistic society.
tutored at Clarion
South during the first week of the bootcamp
for genre writers -- from January 8, 2007. Loved it!
was Guest Writer on the speculative
fiction website, ASif
during August 2006. Check out all the interesting discussion
that took place, covering many and varied topics. And
the entire site is worth scanning while you're there.
So drop by!
Just finished is Conflux 3, in Canberra on 9-12 June 2006. Rob was in attendance and on panels. He also officially launched the new Australian horror novels, Prismatic by Edwina Grey, and Carnies by Martin Livings.
Thylacon IV, the National SF Convention in Perth on 10-13 June 2005, and Conjure, the National Con in Brisbane (15-17 April 2006). Rob was on assorted panels as always.
Conflux 2 -- 22-24 April 2005 in Canberra -- is over. Rob was on assorted panels as always, including one with Bob Eggleton celebrating the arrival of the mega-anthology DAIKAIJU! GIANT MONSTER TALES.
Rob has returned from Swancon XXX in Perth, where DAIKAIJU! GIANT MONSTER TALES was officially launched (in the west anyway). He was on various panels, including one on his own writings, organised by the enthusiastic Benjamin Szumskyj. Thanks, Benjamin!
was on the following panels at Conflux,
the 2004 National SF Convention held in Canberra in
debate: There is evidence that intelligent extra-terrestrial
life has visited the Earth, Chaired by Greg
Toohey, with fellow panelists Peter Barrett, Michael
Barry, Simon Brown, Chuck McKenzie, Sean McMullen, Antony
Searle and Scott Westerfeld;
The Art of Writing Horror, with Paul Brandon,
Stephen Dedman, Kaaron Warren, Kim Westwood, and Kim
at 50: Are Godzilla and his Friends Past It?
with fellow daikaiju enthusiasts Bob Eggleton, Nick
Stathopoulos, Lewis Morley, Marilyn Pride and Robin
Giant Monster Flash Fiction contest
was won by Iain Triffitt.
42nd Australian National SF Convention (Swancon
2003) on 17-21 April -- not as a guest
or in an 'official' capacity, but generally hanging
around doing the things one does at conventions (or
some of them anyway!). If you're there, introduce yourself
and tell him how his stories have profoundly affected
all aspects of your life! It'll make him feel useful.
No doubt he'll be on a panel or two.
publications being launched at Swancon will include
stories by Rob: "JAM Jars" in Agog!
Terrific Tales (edited by Cat Sparks, Agog!
Press, 2003), "Heartless" in Aurealis
31 , "The Drift" in Orb 5,
and an anonymous -- and ominously salacious -- tale
in Consensual 2: Come Again.