TOD 081 Weird Metamorphosis or Life Change: Where the Body Becomes the Setting

In this podcast, The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium 2020 continues with Weird Metamorphosis or Life Change: Where the Body Becomes the Setting, the weekend’s first panel moderated by Lesley Wheeler and featuring Mike Allen, Benjamin Capps, Fiona Maeve Geist, Edward Austin Hall, Brooke Warra, and teri.zin. PLUS Mike Allen reads and Lesley Wheeler and featuring Mike Allen, Benjamin Capps, Fiona Maeve Geist, Edward Austin Hall, Brooke Warra, and teri.zin. PLUS Mike Allen reads, and Brian Hauser interviews filmmakers Benjamin Capps, Izzy Lee, and Stacey Palmer. This programming took place on Friday August 14, 2020.

Show Notes

In this podcast, The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium 2020 continues with Weird Metamorphosis or Life Change: Where the Body Becomes the Setting, the weekend’s first panel moderated by Lesley Wheeler and featuring Mike Allen, Benjamin Capps, Fiona Maeve Geist, Edward Austin Hall, Brooke Warra, and teri.zin. Trigger warning that the raw, no-holds-barred, and lively discussion begins with each writer’s perspective on their own acute experiences with body horror in their lives and fiction, then quickly dives into the terror of transformation as ‘hostile takeover’,  the boundary of being human and nonhuman as ‘uncanny crossing’, when mutation is joyous, hallucination when you don’t know if the body change is real, the tantalizing ‘possibility’ in becoming Other, Catholicism, visibility vs invisibility, the strangeness of childbirth, discomfort in one’s own body, monstrosity as an everyday thing, laughter as a mode to respond to body horror,  the weirdness of aging, and much more. Plus Mike Allen reads (0:59:07)  his poem ‘The Paper Boy’ from  Aftermath of an Industrial Accident and an excerpt from ‘The Comforter’ in A Sinister Quartet.  The evening closes with the filmmakers Q&A portion (1:12:23) of the first-ever The Outer Dark Friday Night Frights short film program featuring Toothache (dir: Stacey Palmer). Re-Home (dir: Izzy Lee) and Civet (dir: Benjamin Capps) , and moderated by Brian Hauser. Scroll down for Additional Links to fiction and films recommended in this episode.

This program block is sponsored by Nightscape Press; Trepidatio, an imprint of Journalstone; and Word Horde.  Thanks also to Horla Level Sponsors, Nightfire (Tor), and Perpetual Motion Machine, and our Presenting “The Thing” Level sponsors, This Is Horror and Dekalb Entertainment Commission. This programming took place on Friday August 14, 2020.

It takes a Weird Village to Make Something Weird happen, and we want to express so much Weird Love to The Outer Dark Symposium 2020 community who took a chance on our new Weird virtual format this year. Go to TheOuterDark.org and click on “Symposium” to check out the complete program schedule of all the exciting readings and panels coming this Fall on The Outer Dark podcast. Thank you to our guests, ticket-holders, Indiegogo supporters, volunteers, scholarship recipients, patrons, and sponsors:  Argawarga PressBroken Eye Books, Dim ShoresDunhams Manor PressEraserhead Press, The Hazeland Books by Matthew Maxwell (Broken Eye Books), Innsmouth Free PressKino Lorber, Mythic Delirium PressNightscape PressPerpetual Motion MachinePseudopodThe Revelator, Shudder, Signal HorizonSkeleton Hat PodcastTrepidatio PublishingUndertow Publications,  Underworld Dreams by Daniel Braum (Lethe Press), The WillowsWord HordeGrimscribe Press/Vastarien: A Literary JournalXylographilia and Nightfire (Tor). The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium 2020 was Presented by This Is Horror and Dekalb Entertainment Commission.

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Additional Links

TOD 080 The Outer Dark Symposium 2020, Part 1: Nightscape Press Readings: Carrie Laben, Fiona Maeve Geist, Zin E. Rocklyn, Brooke Warra

TOD 079 Lesley Wheeler: All the Smart Women Are Practicing Magic

Alfred Hitchcock’s Monster Museum (Random House, 1965)

Guy Endore (author, Wiki)

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) trailer

‘Hallucigenia’ by Laird Barron

Videodrome (1983) trailer

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick

Laserblast (1978) trailer

Hellraiser (1984) trailer

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) trailer

LISTEN: ‘Anatomy Lessons’ by Edward Austin Hall (TOD 012)

‘Down Satan’ by Clive Barker

Ghost (1990) trailer

Border (2018) trailer

Listen: ‘Bloodchild’ by Octavia Butler (Drabblecast)

‘Ponies’ by Kij Johnson (Tor)

Listen: ‘The Button Bin’ by Mike Allen (Pseuodpod)

Listen: TOD 069 Quarantine Readings: Christina Sng and Mike Allen

More from The Outer Dark Symposium Discord discussion on this panel

‘The Human Alchemy’ by Micheal Griffin

Wetlands (2017) trailer

Listen: ‘In the Hills, the Cities’ by Clive Barker (The Lost Signals)

‘The Madonna’ by Clive Barker

Listen: ‘Boys’ by Damien Laughlin (Pseudopod)

‘The Great God Pan’ by Arthur Machen (Project Gutenberg)

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

Symposium Assistant Director: Melanie Crew

Symposium Programming Coordinator: Jess Lewis

Symposium Logistics: Melissa Eisner

Logo Design: Nick “The Hat” Gucker

Music: Michael Griffin


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