TOD 073 Quarantine Readings: Michael Wehunt and Damien Angelica Walters

In this podcast The Outer Dark presents Quarantine Readings by Michael Wehunt and Damien Angelica Walters, plus Gwendolyn Kiste reviews Shirley (2020). The readings were recorded on Saturday June 6 and Wednesday June 10, 2020, and Reviews from The Cinematic Weird was recorded Tuesday June 9, 2020. 

Show Notes

The fifth installment of The Outer Dark Quarantine Reading series opens with a special installment of Reviews from The ‘Cinematic’ Weird in which Gwendolyn Kiste discusses Shirley (2020; directed by Josephine Decker), the much-anticipated ‘not-a-biopic’ about Shirley Jackson and the genesis of her novel Hangsaman (1951).  [SPOILER ALERT if you have not watched the film yet]. Then Michael Wehunt (0:27:57) and Damien Angelica Walters (1:34:32) share their experiences social distancing in a time of social unrest, writing Weird and horror fiction in a stalled world and their quarantine reading recommendations. Michael reads a powerful and timely new short story, ‘The Teeth of America’(0:37:57). Damien Angelica Walters reads’The Floating Girls: A Documentary’ (1:46:56), which was selected for inclusion in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015, was a 2014 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, and was reprinted in her second collection Cry Your Way Home (Apex, 2018).

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Additional Links

Horror Writers for Black Lives Matter (NAACP) Gofundme

Miles Ahead (2016; dir: Don Cheadle) trailer

Leslyn Heinlein (much more in Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee

Watch Shirley and support Plaza Theatre

Fright Girls Summer

Everything is Beautiful and Nothing Bad Can Ever Happen Here by Michael Wehunt (Nightscape Press)

Southern Poverty Law Center

Life After Hate

Luke Spooner/Carrion House

Stony the Road; Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Lewis Gates Jr. (Penguin Random House)

The Need by Helen Philips

Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

Lucille Clifton (Poet)

James Baldwin (talking about a black president, 1965)

‘Sandra Bland, It Turns Out, Filmed Traffic Stop Confrontation Herself’ (NY Times, 2019)

Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

Damien reads from Dead Girls Club in 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

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (article about; The Atlantic)

The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste (Trepidatio/Journalstone)

Show Credits

Hosts/Producers: Scott Nicolay and Anya Martin

Co-Host, News from The Weird: Justin Steele

Co-Host, Reviews from The Weird: Gordon B. White

Logo Design: Nick “The Hat” Gucker

Music: Michael Griffin


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