TOD 082 State of The Weird Roundtable 2020

In this podcast, The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium 2020 presents State of The Weird 2020 Roundtable featuring J.S. Breukelaar, Chesya Burke, Julie C. Day, Larissa Glasser, Orrin Grey, and Tonya Liburd. PLUS Readings by Larissa Glasser and J.S. Breukelaar. This programming was recorded on Saturday August 15, 2020.

Show Notes

In this podcast, The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium presents State of The Weird Roundtable 2020 featuring J.S. Breukelaar, Chesya Burke, Julie C. Day, Larissa Glasser, Orrin Grey, and Tonya Liburd. This dynamic no-holds-barred conversation centers on how Weird Fiction is more vibrant and alive than ever and accelerating  way beyond the legacy of HP Lovecraft and the gatekeepers who have marginalized and excluded  diverse authors. Or in other words, as groups that Lovecraft deemed Outsider increasingly become the narrator, the limits are blown away and  the supernatural often switches from enemy to savior. The roundtable’s participants discuss what they see as a Weird ‘shadow canon’ which brought them to Weird fiction via authors other than Lovecraft, how to re-frame Weird fiction discussions not to remove but to de-center HPL, the global reach of cosmic horror,  and lifting up the new authors driving the Weird Renaissance, as well as how to find these cutting edge new authors. Plus Larissa  Glasser (1:06:15)  reads from her work in progress ‘Princess of Rabies’,  and JS Breukelaar (1:14:56) reads from her new novel The Bridge, scheduled for a spring 2021 release from Meerkat Press. For background, please read Scott Nicolay’s essay ‘Changing the Narrative: The Weird Renaissance Belongs to Everyone’.  Listen to previous State of the Weird Roundtables: 2015/2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. Scroll down for Additional Links to the many authors and works recommended in this episode.

This program block is sponsored by Pseudopod,  Nightfire (Tor), and Perpetual Motion Machine, and our Presenting “The Thing” Level sponsors, This Is Horror and Dekalb Entertainment Commission. This programming took place and was recorded on Saturday August 15, 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. 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. Go to 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.

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Additional Links

TOD 071 Quarantine Readings: Weird Dream Society

‘Cracking the Codes of Lena Krohn’ (The New Yorker)

Johanna Sinisalo

Anne Leinonen

Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime (Tin House)

Premee Mohamed (Twitter)

Premee Mohamed Author Website

Daniel Jose Older

TOD 054 Her Own Dark Mythos: Tanith Lee Panel at NecronomiCon 2019

Reanimator (1985) and From Beyond (1986) trailers

Clark Ashton Smith

‘Burroughs’ Naked Lunch Still fresh at 50′ (NPR)

‘101 Ways to Beat the Draft’ by Robert Bashlow and Tuli Kupferberg

The Young Ones (TV series) Episode 1: Demolition

Alyssa Wong on The Outer Dark

NK Jemison

Tananarive Due

Maurice Broaddus

Gwendolyn Kiste

Victor LaValle

Tade Thompson (The Guardian)

Caitlin R. Kiernan

Susan Palumbo

READ: ‘The Night Sun by teri.zin/zin e. rocklyn: (

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Jonathan Rabb

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

Laura Mauro

Michael Cisco

Yoko Ogawa

Stephen Graham Jones

Kaaron Warren

Damien Angelica Walters

Engines of Desire by Livia Llewellyn

L Chan 

Kij Johnson

Priya Sharma

TOD 024 Nadia Bulkin: Mechanisms of Upheaval

TOD 075 Quarantine Readings: Gemma Files and Alistair Rennie

Sarah Langan

Kathe Koja

Stephen Blackmoore

Brian J. White (Fireside Fiction founder) and on Twitter

Nightmare (magazine)

The Best Horror of the Year 2019 ToC (Ellen Datlow, blog)

The Weird, edited by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer (ToC)

Jamaica Kincaid

Fantastic Fiction at KGB (virtual reading series)

Ephemera SFF (Toronto-based reading series)

The Dark (magazine)

Black Static (magazine)

Welcome to Nightvale (podcast series)

Alice Isn’t Dead (podcast series)

Saga Press (an imprint of Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster)

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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