TOD 078 Quarantine Readings: Inna Effress, Matthew M. Bartlett, Jon Padgett

In this podcast The Outer Dark presents Quarantine Readings by Inna Effress, Matthew M. Bartlett, and Jon Padgett. The interviews were recorded on Sunday July 19 and Monday July 20, 2020. 

Show Notes

The eighth installment of The Outer Dark Quarantine Reading series features Inna Effress, a Weird fiction rising star, and some Weird double trouble with Matthew M. Bartlett and Jon Padgett (0:35:50), collaborating on their first duet. Inna reads ‘The Devil and the Divine’ (0:13:04), which will appear in the first issue of the much anticipated Weird Horror magazine from Undertow Publications, coming in October. Matt and Jon read the beginning of the epistolary title story of The Latham-Fielding Liaison (0:46:05), part of The Secret Gateways  hardcover boxset coming from Nightscape Press and funded by a Kickstarter campaign. As alway, the writers also share their own experiences with lockdown living, their creative news including a story by Inna in Noir Nation, a novel by Matt coming from Broken Eye Books in 2021, and Jon’s update on his editorial/publishing ventures Vastarien: A Literary Journal and Grimscribe Press. Plus everyone’s quarantine reading recommendations.

The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird is the only annual conference centered around contemporary Weird fiction. This year’s event will occur virtually on the weekend of August 14-16, 2020. Find out more, including link to purchase your $25 ticket, at

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Additional Links

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TOD 070 David Surface: Finding Hope in Terrible Things

TOD 068 Kay Chronister: Arms that Hold You in the Middle of Nowhere

READ: ‘Blood Burning Moon’ by Jean Toomer

READ: ‘The Shawl’ by Cynthia Ozick (The New Yorker, May 26, 1980)

READ: ‘The Stoker’ by Franz Kafka (

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (Penguin RandomHouse, new edited by Guillermo del Toro, introduction by Laura Miller)

TOD 073: Quarantine Readings: Michael Wehunt and Damien Angelica Walters( featuring Gwendolyn Kiste’s review of Shirley [2020])

Aeron Alfrey (artist)

Harry O. Morris (artist; Portfolio, Centipede Press)

Pseudopod: The Sound of Horror

Michael Bukowski (artist)

TOD 075 Quarantine Readings: Gemma Files and Alistair Rennie

Touch the Night by Max Booth III (Cemetery Dance)

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay (HarperCollins)

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (WW Norton)

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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