TOD 075 Quarantine Readings: Gemma Files and Alistair Rennie

In this podcast The Outer Dark presents Quarantine Readings by Gemma Files and Alistair Rennie, plus an exclusive original dark jazz musical composition by Alistair Rennie. The interviews were recorded on Sunday June 21 and Wednesday June 24, 2020. 

Show Notes

The sixth installment of The Outer Dark Quarantine Reading series features Gemma Files (Experimental Film) and Alistair Rennie (BleakWarrior) (1:07:27) who share their experiences in Canada and Scotland respectively social distancing in a time of social unrest, writing unexpected novels in a stalled world (and also music, in Rennie’s case), and their quarantine reading recommendations. Gemma reads a complete pre-pandemic/post-pandemic tale called ‘This Is How It Goes’ (0:16:53), first published in Other Voices, Other Tombs (Cemetery Gates, 2019, eds. Brhel and Sullivan) and included in her next collection In That Endlessness, Our End, forthcoming from Grimscribe Press (0:37:57). Alistair reads ‘Inflitrator’ (1:19:52), an excerpt from his second novel in progress and shares an original dark jazz music composition called ‘In the Beginning’ (1:43:47), which he created especially for this The Outer Dark episode.

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Additional Links

TOD A15 Gemma Files: Every Movie Is a Ghost Story

The Willows

Aimee Semple McPherson

Pilgrimage (2017) trailer

A Mirror for Witches by Esther Forbes

The Vampire Cinema by David Pirie

The Invisible Man (Universal, 1933) clip

Nighttouch: Journeying into the Realms of Nightmare (1977), eds. Gerry Goldberg, Stephen Storoschuk and Fred Corbett

TOD 009 Alistair Rennie: Metaphysical Swordplay or The Ever Decreasing Circle of Bleak Expectations

Interplanetary (Digital album/Bandcamp)

The Ruptured World music series (Alistair Rennie) (links to listen and purchase)

The New Weird, eds. Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon Books, 2008)

Mechanical Animals, eds. Jason Heller and Selena Chambers (Hex, 2018)

American Horror Story (TV series, Netflix)

Roseanne Watt (poet)

Primitive Belief Systems in the North-east of Scotland by Joseph McKenzie McPherson (Guthrie Books, 2007)

Llyn Y Cwn (Bandcamp)

Carpenter Brut (Brandcamp)

Terrortron (Bandcamp)

Deadlife (Bandcamp)

BleakWarrior soundtrack

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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