TOD 084 The Outer Dark Symposium 2020: Weird World-Building Panel

In this podcast, The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium 2020 presents the panel Weird World-Building: Strange Cities, “Other” Countries, and Cobbly Universes, featuring Natania Barron, Jesse Bullington, Jeffrey Ford, Seb Doubinsky, L.M. Davis, and Sarah Read. PLUS Readings by Valjeanne Jeffers, Jeff Strand,  L.M. Davis, and Ian McDowell. This programming was recorded on Saturday August 15, 2020.

Show Notes

In this podcast, experience the first Saturday afternoon block of The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium 2020 starting with readings by Valjeanne Jeffers (0:07:00), Jeff Strand (0:17:40),  L.M. Davis  (0:27:17), and Ian McDowell (0:34:59). Then listen to the panel Weird World-Building: Strange Cities, “Other” Countries, and Cobbly Universes (0:45:50) moderated by Natania Barron with Jesse Bullington, Jeffrey Ford, Seb Doubinsky, L.M. Davis, and Sarah ReadScroll down for Additional Links to the many authors and works recommended in this episode. This programming took place and was recorded on Saturday August 15, 2020.

This program block is sponsored by Underworld Dreams by Daniel Braum (Lethe Press) andThe Revelator, as well as Horla Level sponsors Nightscape PressPerpetual Motion Machine, and Nightfire (Tor). The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium 2020 was Presented by This Is Horror and Dekalb Entertainment Commission.

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 the rest of our 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 Press, Pseudopod,  Shudder, Signal Horizon, Skeleton Hat Podcast, Trepidatio Publishing, Undertow Publications, The WillowsWord HordeGrimscribe Press/Vastarien: A Literary Journal, and Xylographilia. 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

Sycorax’s Daughters, eds. Kinitra Brooks. Ph.D., LInda D. Addison and Susanna Morris, Ph.D. (Cedar Grove Books)

TOD 040 Black Women in Speculative Fiction Panel from BlacktastiCon 2018 (Episode features both Valjeanne Jeffers and Linda D. Addison

Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 

(Edgar Rice) Burroughs Bibliophiles 

The Cornelius Quartet by Michael Moorcock

The Other Side of the Mountain by Michel Bernanos

M. John Harrison (Blog)

Watchmen (HBO TV Series)

Deadwood  (HBO TV Series, Wiki)

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

TOD 074 Craig Laurance Gidney: Dreaming a Weird that Shimmers

Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake

The Best of Jeffrey Ford

Immobility by Brian Evenson

In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt

Black God’s Drums by P. Djéli Clark

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir 

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir 

More Recommendations from Discord discussion group for this panel:

Tentacle by Rita Indiana

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Embassytown by China Miéville

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Sorcerer of the Wild Deep by Kai Ashante Wilson

Chronicles of the King’s Tramp by Tom de Haven

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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  1. […] the dulcet sounds of my rambling voice, way back in the early days of the plague I took part in an Outer Dark panel on weird world-building with Jeffrey Ford, Natania Barron, Seb Doubinsky, L.M. Davis, and Sarah Read. The podcast version […]

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