This December, Dr. Michael Arnzen will return to PARSEC to share some of the theories behind “The Popular Uncanny” — his book on the fascination with the strange in mass media and popular culture, forthcoming from Guide Dog Books this Winter. From the androids of the “uncanny valley” to the literary character of the “double,” Arnzen historically traces these enduring icons of uncanniness as not only innate reflections of our human fears, but also a way to understand social expressions of power. He keeps a weblog on the subject at http://gorelets.com/uncanny/
Arnzen teaches in the MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill, and has won four Bram Stoker Awards for his dark horror fiction and offbeat poetry. His latest books include The Gorelets Omnibus and Many Genres, One Craft. Bring him into your social network via http://michaelarnzen.com/
For over 25 years, PARSEC has been the Pittsburgh area’s premier organization “to promote awareness of the richness of speculative fiction as literature, art and music; further general education in the sciences and arts, support contribution, both scientific and artistic, to society and to espouse the enjoyment of speculative fiction as literature, art and music with others.” MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh at Squirrel Hill
5801 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Note: PARSEC is a community literary organization and this event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
For more upcoming Arnzen appearances, visit the main event listing at gorelets.com