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.
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 Press, Broken Eye Books, Dim Shores, Dunhams Manor Press, Eraserhead Press, The Hazeland Books by Matthew Maxwell (Broken Eye Books), Innsmouth Free Press, Kino Lorber, Mythic Delirium Press, Nightscape Press, Perpetual Motion Machine, Pseudopod, The Revelator, Shudder, Signal Horizon, Skeleton Hat Podcast, Trepidatio Publishing, Undertow Publications, Underworld Dreams by Daniel Braum (Lethe Press), The Willows, Word Horde, Grimscribe Press/Vastarien: A Literary Journal, Xylographilia and Nightfire (Tor). The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium 2020 was Presented by This Is Horror and Dekalb Entertainment Commission. 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.
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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