Stephen King Headlines Vampire Panel at New Yorker Festival

By Maryann Yin Comment

This year’s New Yorker Festival took place last weekend.  Twitter fans at the festival used the hashtag, #tnyfestival.

On Saturday, Joan Acocella (author of the vampire essay, “In the Blood”) moderated the Vampires Revival panel. On board to speak were philosophy professor Noel Carroll, horror novelist Stephen King, vampire film director Matt Reeves, and Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. A video preview of the panel discussion is embedded above.

Several dozen King fans waited outside the venue only to be disappointed by King’s unwillingness to sign books. As he walked away with his arms in the air, he told the crowd: “I can’t sign guys, I got to get something to eat.” Alas, just because he’s a “king” doesn’t mean he isn’t human.

In addition, many authors participated in Friday’s “Fiction Night.” Peter Carey, E.L. Doctorow, and Annie Proulx participated in a panel entitled Living History. Jonathan Safran Foer and Orhan Pamuk spoke at the Possessed panel. Junot Diaz, Joyce Carol Oates, and Wells Tower were featured at a talk about sex and violence. Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith read from the own works.

On Sunday, authors Neil Gaiman, Malcolm Gladwell, and Ian Frazier all spoke.