In this podcast The Outer Dark presents the second installment of The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2019 including the panel: ‘The Weird in Sword & Sorcery/Sword & Soul’, moderated by Milton J. Davis and featuring Jesse Bullington, Gerald L. Coleman, Nancy A. Collins, Anya Martin, Ian McDowell, and Balogun Ojetade, as well as readings by Nadia Bulkin, Mike Allen, and Lesley Wheeler. These segments were recorded live on Saturday March 23 at Silver Scream FX Lab in Atlanta, GA.
Scott and Anya introduce the panel and readings, as well as express gratitude to our 2019 Ruby Sponsors Grimscribe Press/Vastarien: A Literary Journal and Word Horde; Platinum Sponsors including PseudoPod, Innsmouth Free Press, Nightscape Press, Kino Lorber, and NecronomiCon Providence; and Emerald Sponsor Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.
(0:14:15) In this podcast The Outer Dark presents the second installment of The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2019 beginning with a short introduction by Scott and Anya and readings by Nadia Bulkin (0:21:34), Mike Allen (0:30:50), and Lesley Wheeler (0:41:10). Then listen in to the symposium’s second panel (0:50:50): ‘The Weird in Sword & Sorcery/Sword & Soul’, moderated by Milton J. Davis and featuring Jesse Bullington, Gerald L. Coleman, Nancy A. Collins, Anya Martin, Ian McDowell, and Balogun Ojetade. From the moment that Robert E. Howard first raised Conan’s blade and Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser teamed up for their first adventure, the subset of fantasy that is sword and sorcery has been heavily cloaked in The Weird. This panel will dig deep into this synergistic relationship from the trippy world, mired in contradictions, of Michael Moorcock’s Elric to the transgressive narratives of Alistair Rennie’s BleakWarrior, from the empowered but haunted heroines of C.L. Moore and Tanith Lee to the dynamic Africa-rooted Sword & Soul sub-genre created by Charles R. Saunders and gaining momentum today thanks to Black Panther, a few bestselling authors, and members of this panel. Be sure to check out the Additional Links below for a Sword & Soul must-read list and more!
These segments were recorded live on Saturday March 23 at Silver Scream FX Lab in Atlanta, GA.
The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2019 was an immersive experience featuring more than 40 program participants and approximately 16 hours of panels, readings, signings, and social activities centered around contemporary Weird and speculative fiction. The third annual event was held March 22-23, 2019 at Silver Scream FX Lab and Hotel Indigo-College Park. Thank you to all our attending and supporting members, sponsors, and Indiegogo campaign supporters who helped make Something Weird happen for a third year.
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Host/Executive Producer: Scott Nicolay
Co-Host, News From the Weird: Justin Steele
Producer/Show Notes: Anya Martin
Logo Design: Nick “The Hat” Gucker
Music: Michael Griffin