Cassie Hart (aka J.C. Hart and Nova Blake) is a speculative fiction writer who enjoys delving into human nature in all its beauty and dissaray. Over the past five years she has published over ten novels and novellas, and has had her work printed in various anthologies including: A Foreign Country, Baby Teeth: Bite Sized Tales of Terror, Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud, and Regeneration, as well as co-editing and contributing to the Sir Julius Vogel winning benefit anthology, Tales for Canterbury. In 2018 she was selected as one of six emerging Māori writers to participate in the Te Papa Tupu incubator programme, where she worked on her novel, 'Butcherbird', a supernatural suspense set under the watchful gaze of Mount Taranaki. She lives with her husband and three daughters (two of whom she home-schools) in New Zealand.
Discussion Panel: Speculative Fiction (with Lee Murray, Octavia Cade, Melanie Harding-Shaw and Laura McKay).
Saturday 12 September, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
A chance for readers, writers and enthusiasts of the worlds of fiction writing - sci-fi, fantasy, horror, apocalyptic and dystopian, and alternate history, to meet five of NZ's top speculative fiction authors.
Discussion Panel: Horror Writing Today (with Marie Hodgkinson and Melanie Harding-Shaw).
Sunday 13 September, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Tales of horror have a long pedigree. Join Marie Hodgkinson of Paper Road Press (NZ publisher of 'books from beyond the beaten track') as she talks about the attraction of horror fiction with authors Melanie Harding-Shaw and Cassie Hart. Melanie will also read excerpts from her book 'Black Dogs, Black Tales'.