TOD 052 The Outer Dark Symposium 2019, Part 3: The Fiction of Forking Paths and Readings by Larissa Glasser,  Selena Chambers, and Edward Austin Hall


In this podcast The Outer Dark presents the third installment of The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2019 including  the panel: ‘The Fiction of Forking Paths: Weird Horror and Spec-Lit from Latin-, Afro-, and other non-Anglo Traditions‘, moderated by Balogun Ojetade and  and featuring  Milton J. Davis, John  C. Foster, Kyoko M, Gabriela Damián Miravete, Scott Nicolay, and Lesley Wheeler, as well as readings by Larissa Glasser, Selena Chambers, and Edward Austin Hall, and an introductory interview with Edward Austin Hall. These segments were recorded live on Saturday March 23 at Silver Scream FX Lab in Atlanta, GA.

Introduction with Special Guest Edward Austin Hall

Author/editor Edward Austin Hall joins Anya to help thank Bronze, Silver and Platinum symposium sponsors, followed by a spirited interview (0:10:38) about spec-lit and Weird poetry.  Ed discusses how he selected among his “crayon poems” what to read and contribute to the program chapbook, the uncanny similarity between kaiju and kudzu, the intersection between color and language in his work, some  inspiration from The Far Side, an obsessive color out of Lovecraft and a hint of disease, inspiration from the first The Outer Dark Symposium (Atlanta, 2017),  and poet/novelist Lesley Wheeler’s observation on the panel that ‘all good poetry is essentially Weird’.  The conversation concludes with Ed’s thoughts on how mixing readings and panels on the single track makes the symposium unique, including making room for poetry.

Show Notes

(0:14:15) In this podcast The Outer Dark presents the third installment of The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2019 beginning with readings by Larissa Glasser (0:33:49) and Selena Chambers (0:44:54) and concludes with a reading by Edward Austin Hall (1:38:41).  In-between, listen in to  the symposium’s third panel (0:55:30) ‘The Fiction of Forking Paths: Weird Horror and Spec-Lit from Latin-, Afro-, and other non-Anglo Traditions‘, moderated by Balogun Ojetade and  featuring  Milton J. Davis, John  C. Foster, Kyoko M, Gabriela Damián Miravete, Scott Nicolay, and Lesley Wheeler. English-speaking self-anointed genre “scholars” tether The Weird’s genesis as a literary force to H.P. Lovecraft and his circle, and science fiction to John W. Campbell’s ‘Golden Age’, but looking out at The Weird, horror, and spec-lit from the windows of other cultures reveals a radically different and dynamic landscape. Panelists will discuss some of these alternate literary paths taken by other nationalities and African-American and indigenous communities, as well as recommend must-read seminal authors and talk about their own experiences writing non-Anglocentric narratives. Be sure to check out the Additional Links below for the panelists’ reading recommendations. 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 is the only annual conference centered around contemporary Weird fiction. Our mission is to foster conversation and connect communities among the diverse slate of creators and audience members under the umbrella of speculative fiction—inclusive, safe and welcoming to women, LBGTQ+, and writers of color. The fourth annual symposium will be held March 26-27, 2020 at Silver Scream FX Lab. Find out more, including a link to purchase supporting and attending memberships at TheOuterDark.org.

This episode was brought to you by 2019 Bronze Sponsors Argawarga/Autonomous PressDunhams Manor Press, Eraserhead Press, Mocha Memoirs Press and Silver Sponsor Dim Shores, as well as our Platinum Sponsors PseudoPod, Innsmouth Free Press, Nightscape Press, Kino Lorber, and NecronomiCon Providence; and Emerald Sponsor Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Thank you to all our attending and supporting members, sponsors, and Indiegogo campaign supporters who help make Something Weird happen.

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Additional Links

TOD 051 The Secret Life of Molly Tanzer

Poet Miriam C. Jacobs (official Website)

Rhysling Awards (Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association)

Nancy A. Collins (Wiki)

TOD 046 The Outer Dark Symposium 2019, Part 1: Friday Night Readings, A Brief History of Swamp Things, and Panel: Flora and Fauna: The Pervasive Presence of Nature in Weird Fiction

Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Ray & Sylvia Plath, edited by Leza Cantoral (Clash Books)

Calls for Submission by Selena Chambers

Gabriela Damián Miravete Wins 2018 Tiptree Award

Gerald L. Coleman (Twitter)

HR Pufnstuf (The World of Sid & Marty Krofft)

Indigenous Futurisms (Dr. Grace Dillon) (Wiki)

From growing medicine to space rockets: What is Indigenous Futurism? (CBC)

TOD 047 The Outer Dark Symposium, Part 2: The Weird in Sword & Sorcery/Sword & Soul

“Dogme 2011 for Weird Fiction: one writer’s manifesto for uncanny fiction,” Scott Nicolay (Weird Fiction Review)

‘Do You Know How Smart I Am in Spanish?’ (Sophia Vergara; The Odyssey Online)

Sofia Samatar

‘Blade, Unplugged’ by Tim Seibles

‘Tracy K. Smith on life, death, poetry and outer space’ (CBC)

‘American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin’ by Terrance Hayes

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (Goodreads)

Steamfunk, edited by Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade (mvmedia)

Charles R. Saunders

Tarikh-al-Sudan by Abd al-Sadi (Wiki)

Ifá (Wiki)

Roma (2018) trailer

‘On Latin American Speculative Fiction’ by Alberto Chimal (Latin American Literature Today)

TOD 043 Petrified Trees, Enchanted Mirrors: The Gothic Universe of Female Mexican Horror Writers Panel from Worldcon 76

Spiral/Uzumaki (2000) fan-made trailer (Junji Ito)

TOD 041 Patternmaster: The Legacy of Octavia E. Butler Panel from BlacktastiCon 2018

‘The Houseguest’ by Ampara Dávila

‘Juan Rulfo: Rediscovering a Mexican Literary Giant’ (Latin America News Dispatch)

Show Credits

Host/Executive Producer/Founder: Scott Nicolay

Host/Producer/Show Notes: Anya Martin

Co-Host, News From the Weird: Justin Steele

Reviews: Gordon B. White

Logo Design: Nick “The Hat” Gucker

Music: Michael Griffin


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