TOD 047 The Outer Dark Symposium 2019, Part 2: The Weird in Sword & Sorcery/Sword & Soul and Readings by Nadia Bulkin, Mike Allen & Lesley Wheeler


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.

Introduction

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.

Show Notes

(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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Additional Links

TOD 024: Nadia Bulkin: Mechanisms of Upheaval

Mythic Delirium Books

TOD 017 Christina Sng: All the Ends of the World

Eric Van Lusbader: Sunset Warrior Cycle

Dave Duncan (Seventh Sword series)

The World of Sid & Marty Krofft (shows)

Conan (comics)

Mordred’s Curse by Ian McDowell

Swords v Cthulhu edited by Jesse Bullington and Molly Tanzer

Beastmaster (1982) trailer

Worlds of Fantasy: Tales of a Dying Earth by Jack Vance (Alison Flood, The Guardian)

Michael Shea

Marc Laidlaw

Red Sonja (Conan Wiki)

‘Pigeons from Hell’ by Robert E. Howard (Project Gutenberg eBook)

‘Why Marlon James Decided to Write an African Game of Thrones’ by Jia Tolentino (The New Yorker)

 

Sword & Soul Must-Read List by Milton J. Davis:

Imaro – Charles Saunders, DAW Books, 1981.

Dossouye – Charles Saunders, Sword and Soul Media, 2008.

Meji – Milton Davis, MVmedia, LLC, 2010.

Griots – Edited by Milton Davis and Charles Saunders, MVmedia, LLC, 2011.

Griots: Sisters of the Spear – Edited by Charles Saunders and Milton Davis, MVmedia, LLC, 2014.

Once Upon A Time In Afrika – Balogun Ojetade, MVmedia, LLC, 2012.

The Constant Tower – Carole McDonnell, Wildside Press, 2013.

Changa’s Safari – Milton Davis, MVmedia, LLC, 2011.

Abengoni: First Calling – Charles Saunders, MVmedia, LLC, 2014.

Songs of The Sunya: Tales From The Sands of Time – Mansa Myrie, Independently Published, 2017.

When Night Falls – Gerald L. Coleman, First Edition Design Publishing, 2014.

 

Show Credits

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


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