TOD 035 The Outer Dark Symposium 2018, Part 1: The House on the Borderlands/La Frontera Panel + Readings by David Bowles and John Claude Smith

In this podcast The Outer Dark presents the first installment of The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2018 including  The House on the Borderlands/La Frontera” Panel, moderated by David Bowles and featuring Rios de la LuzCraig Laurance Gidney, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Scott Nicolay, and Tiffany Scandal, plus Readings by David Bowles and John Claude Smith. These segments were recorded live on Saturday March 24 at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. The podcast also includes all-new exclusive News from The Weird with Max Booth III and Lori Michelle from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

News from The Weird

Max Booth III and Lori Michelle from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing join Scott for an exclusive revelation of the Table of Contents for their upcoming Lost Films anthology, the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed Lost Signals. to be launched at Killercon (Aug 24-26, 2018) in Austin, Texas. The author line-up includes exciting established authors, rising stars, and new discoveries. Be sure to listen all the way to the end of this episode for a Lost Films preorder exclusive discount code just for The Outer Dark listeners!

This broadcast is brought to you by our The Outer Dark Symposium 2018 Silver Sponsors Broken Eye Books, Dunhams Manor Press, and SF in SF (San Francisco)! Thank you also to the Platinum Sponsors of The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2018 including Strix PublishingArgawarga PressKino Lorber, NecronomiCon Providence and Word Horde,

Show Notes

(00:37:45) Part One of the Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2018, Saturday March 24 at Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, CA), begins with an introduction by Scott, Nathan Emmett of Winchester Mystery House,  and Producer Anya Martin. Then formal programming begins with a reading by David Bowles (00:44:09) and the first of four panels The House on the Borderlands/La Frontera” (01:01:37) was moderated by David Bowles and features Rios de la LuzCraig Laurance Gidney, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Scott Nicolay, and Tiffany Scandal. Gloria Anzaldúa deployed the Nahua word/concept nepantla to describe the space and experience of in-between-ness. Author Daniel Jose Older has built on this work in his fiction to frame Brooklyn as a multicultural frontera capable not only of resisting the gentrifying monoculture of whiteness but also of defying its associated ontological boundaries, including such binaries as life/death, human/inhuman, and natural/unnatural. How far can The Weird run with this model, and can it do so without co-opting the roots of Anzaldúa’s thought in mestizaje, queerness, and feminism? The episode concludes with a reading byJohn Claude Smith (01:46:44).

Stay tuned for more of The Outer Dark Symposium 2018 in future episodes of The Outer Dark. Special thanks this week also to our Bronze Sponsors: Dim Shores, Dookyzines, Eraserhead Press, King Shot Press, Lethe Press, Mondo Cult magazine, Nightscript, Perpetual Motion Machine, Silver Scream FX Lab, and Xylographilia. And deep appreciation to all our attending and supporting members, sponsors, and Indiegogo campaign supporters who helped make Something Weird happen for a second year.

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Additional Links

Terry Bisson

They’re Made Out of Meat (short film  based on story by Terry Bisson)

The Fresno Nightcrawler video

More on the Fresno Nightcrawler

“What Was I Scared Of” by Dr. Seuss

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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