TOD 088 Deep Down: The Weird in Conversation with Southern Gothic, Black Gothic Revival, and Other Regional Strange Tales

In this podcast, The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium 2020 presents the panel Deep Down: The Weird in Conversation with Southern Gothic, Black Gothic Revival, and Other Regional Strange Tales, moderated by Nicole Givens Kurtz with Ian McDowell, Valjeanne Jeffers, Carrie Laben, and Sara Amis. PLUS Weirding Whiteness: Genre and Eugenics, a presentation by Chris Gavaler, and readings by Violette L. Meier, Jesse Bullington, Lesley Wheeler, and Sumiko Saulson. This programming was recorded on Sunday August 16, 2020.

Show Notes

In this podcast, experience the first Sunday afternoon block of The Outer Dark Virtual Symposium 2020. First Chris Gavaler presents on the topic Weirding Whiteness: Genre and Eugenics (0:09:42; watch accompanying Slide Show here). Then listen to the panel Deep Down: The Weird in Conversation with Southern Gothic, Black Gothic Revival, and Other Regional Strange Tales (0:31:46), moderated by Nicole Givens Kurtz with Ian McDowell, Valjeanne Jeffers, Carrie Laben, and Sara Amis. The block concludes with readings by Violette L. Meier (1:30:14), Jesse Bullington (1:52:02), Lesley Wheeler (2:03:50), and Sumiko Saulson (2:12:21). Scroll down for Additional Links to the many artists, authors and works recommended in this episode. This programming took place and was recorded on Sunday August 16, 2020.

This program block is sponsored by Broken Eye Books and Innsmouth Free Press, 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.

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Additional Links

Beloved by Toni Morrison (GoodReads)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

TOD 082 State of The Weird Roundtable 2020

Watchmen (HBO)

Mary Elizabeth Counselman (Gadsden Times, Oct. 20, 2020)

The smart, sophisticated pulp fiction of Jane Rice by Ian McDowell (Yes! Weekly)

Manly Wade Wellman (Wiki)

Mocha Memoirs Press

Candyman (1992, Trailer, film based on story by Clive Barker)

Candyman (2021)

‘The Desrick On Yandro’ by Manly Wade Wellman (podcast)

Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston

The Good House by Tananarive Due

TOD 074 Craig Laurance Gidney: Dreaming a Weird that Shimmers

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Moon of the Wolf by Leslie H. Whitten (Kirkus Reviews)

Moon of the Wolf (1972, Trailer)

‘The Washington Reporter Who Reinvented Horror and Science-Fiction’ (The Washington Times, 1971, about Les Whitten)

Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020, Trailer)

Eden Royce

‘A Rose for Emily’ by William Faulkner

‘Sweat’ by Zora Neale Hurston (in The Complete Stories of ZNH)

The Outsider by Richard Wright

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle (Tor)

READ: ‘The Difficulty of Crossing a Field’ by Ambrose Bierce

Carolina Chocolate Drops (band)

Gerald L. Coleman

Jordan Peele (IMDB)

The Twilight Zone (new series, produced by Jordan Peele, CBS AllAccess)

Quinton Veal

Lori Titus 

Banjo Strings by Larry Winfield

Perma Red by Debra Magpie Earling (Book)

Perma Red (TV Series)

Letitia Trent

Carson McCullers

Hags, Haints and Hoodoo by Violette L. Meier

The Willows Anthology, edited by Ben Thomas

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

Unbecoming by Lesley Wheeler (Aqueduct Press)

Tales for the Campfire: A Charity Anthology Benefiting Wildfire Relief.

Wickedly Abled, edited by Sumiko Saulson

Mauskeveli comics by Sumiko Saulson (Dooky Zines)

More Recommendations from Discord discussion group for this panel:

‘On the Dark Road’ by Ian McDowell, for Ain’t No Such Thing podcast

“What’s the deal with all this rustic music in sci fi games?” (Article/video, Polygon)

PseudoPod 625: ‘The Golgotha Dancers’ and ‘These Doth The Lord Hate’ by Manly Wade Wellman

Burning Bright by Ron Rash

A Lush and Seething Hell by John Jacobs

Love and Theft by Eric Lott

All That Is Native and Fine by David E. Whisnant

Conjure Women and Other Conjure Tales by Charles Chesnutt (Duke U. Press)

Tina McElroy Ansa 

Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce

The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara

The Affrilachian Poets  (author list on Website)

Jeff VanderMeer

‘String of Pearls’ (Rhiannon Giddens, song)

Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work, and Other Such Hoodoo by Kameelah Martin (Springer)

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

Old Gods of Appalachia

Nathan Ballingrud

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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