Spiral Con 1


Artist: Jake Kelly. Click image to enlarge.


Date and Location: Saturday, July 30th at the Freeman Center, Christopher Newport University, in Newport News, Virginia.

Overview: SpiralCon is a not-for-profit, quasi-academic fan convention celebrating the genres of the unreal: science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural horror. It is organized by Spiral Tower Press, a small independent amateur press that publishes two free e-zines: Whetstone: Amateur Magazine of Sword and Sorcery and Witch House: Amateur Magazine of Cosmic Horror. SpiralCon is a recreational enterprise meant to inspire intellectual discussion of pulp fiction and popular culture.

Scope: SpiralCon is a small one day convention that begins at 8a and ends at 6p. It is uncatered and the guest speakers do not receive financial remuneration for their appearances. It is held in two rooms in the Freeman Center at Christopher Newport University. One room will be dedicated to panel presentations featuring academics, writers, artists, and fans; the other room will be dedicated to gaming, workshopping, socializing, and genre-related crafts. Admission is free but RSVP is requested.

Organizers: Dr. Jason Ray Carney, Department of English, Christopher Newport University; Dr. Nicole Emmelhainz-Carney, Department of English, Christopher Newport University

Volunteers/Guests: If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please contact the organizers as jason.carney@cnu.edu 

Parking: Parking is free at CNU on the day of the event. We recommend the visitor lot near the Paul Trible Library.

Saturday, July 30th, Freeman Center, CNU

8:30a-8:50a: Gathering. No registration necessary. Name tag stickers will be available for those who want them.

9:00-9:50a: Opening comments and Trigon Awards, Dr. Jason Ray Carney, CNU Department of English, followed by presentation on Edgar Rice Burroughs and "Sword and Planet" by Henry Franke, Editor, The Burroughs Bibliophiles

10:00a-10:50a: Lecture. Chris Semtner, Curator of the Poe Museum, "Pandemic and Poe: The Masque of the Red Death in Context"

11:00a-11:50a: Panel discussion.  "Robert E. Howard and Sword and Sorcery." Moderator: Dr. Jason Ray Carney. Panelists: Dr. Nicole Emmelhainz, Chase A. Folmar, and Dr. John Baldari.

12noon-12:50p: Break.

1:00p-1:50p: Dr. Kyle Garton-Gundling, CNU Department of English, "Science Fiction's Audacious Religion"

2:00p-2:50p: Dr. Maxwell Tfirn, CNU Department of Music, "The Music of Science Fiction and Horror," featuring a theremin, synthesizer, and audio/laser demo

There is a room with approximately five tables set aside for socializing, gaming, and other uses. They are first come, first serve.

Join our New Discord Chat Server to discuss the event: https://discord.gg/kk3t6eZQRE

This is our first time doing this so please manage your expectations. Thanks for the support. 😊📚☕️

UPDATED: 7/27/2022