It's the annual MarsCon in Minnesota, and I'll be giving presentations this year for their theme, Dark Lords and Femme Fatales. My chosen topics:
Foxy Ladies, Fatal Fiends and Furious Females of Asia:
An overview of fantastic female spirits featured in traditional myth, folklore and literature of Asia including the shapeshifting Kitsune, the floating deceptive Thai Krasue, blood-thirsty Filipina Aswang and more.
Dark Lord Dossier: Ravana
Long before Sauron and Valdemort, the gentleman giant Ravana was making himself a legendary evil, king of Lanka and the near unstoppable villain of the Hindu epic the Ramayana. Known in Thailand as Tosakanth, in Laos as Hapkhanasouane and with appearances in everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels to video games and comics, learn why Ravana continues to capture the imagination.
Legends of Laos: Deception and Desire
A look at several classic legends of Laos and their look at the the rise of evil and desire, troublesome beauties, wise sorcerers and cunning tricksters.
See you at MarsCon!