TOD 014 The Outer Dark Symposium, Part 3: Readings by Craig Laurance Gidney, Grafton Tanner & Balogun Ojetade; “Not Another Bug Hunt: The Weird Monster as a Study of Singularity and in Différance” Panel

In this podcast The Outer Dark presents the third installment of The Outer Dark Symposium, including readings by Craig Laurance Gidney, Grafton Tanner, and Balogun Ojetade, as well as the third panel ‘Not Another Bug Hunt: The Weird Monster as a Study of Singularity and in Différance’, moderated by Daniel Braum and features Orrin Grey, Edward Austin Hall, Anya Martin, and Eric Schaller. These segments were recorded live on Saturday March 25.

This broadcast is brought to you by our The Outer Dark Symposium Gold level sponsors Mythic Delirium Books and Broken Eye Books (0:01:00). Thank you to all the sponsors and Indiegogo supporters who helped make something Weird happen in Atlanta.

Show Notes

Part Three of The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird, Saturday March 25 at Decatur CoWorks begins with readings by Craig Laurance Gidney (00:02:10) and Grafton Tanner (00:12:30). Then the panel, ‘Not Another Bug Hunt: The Weird Monster as a Study of Singularity and in Différance’ (00:28:54), was moderated by Daniel Braum and features panelists Orrin Grey, Edward Austin Hall, Anya Martin, and Eric Schaller. The monster in traditional horror tropes (vampire, werewolf, zombie) operates within predictable modes of behavior and rules by which they can be destroyed or contained. Not so, with the monster in Weird fiction. What form or lack of form does the Weird monster take? Is the Weird monster always even recognizable as a “monster” by conventional definition, or is it better described through the lens of object oriented ontology? Does a concept like evil have any relevance or what, if anything, motivates the Weird monster? How does the role of the protagonist change when confronted with Weird versus traditional monsters? The episode concludes with a reading by Balogun Ojetade (01:09:50).

Panel Photo (L-R): Eric Schaller, Edward Austn Hall, Daniel Braum, Anya Martin, Orrin Grey. Photo credit; Sonia James and Gary Simmons. Used with permission.

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The Specialist’s Hat’ by Kelly Link

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

The Strangers’ by Robert Aickman

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The Woman by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee

The White People’ by Arthur Machen

No Such Thing trailer

The Things by Peter Watts

Stag in Flight’ by S.P. Miskowski

Shiva, Open Your Eye’ by Laird Barron

Show Credits

Host/Executive Producer: Scott Nicolay

Co-Host, News From the Weird: Justin Steele

Associate Producer/Show Notes: Anya Martin

Logo Design: Nick “The Hat” Gucker

Music: Michael Griffin


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