TOD 107 The Outer Dark Holiday Special

The Outer Dark podcast presents our holiday gift to listeners featuring flash fiction, poetry, music, and gift ideas from nine Weird horror writers, as well as gift-guide mini-interviews spotlighting three writer-owned supernatural-themed candle-making, jam, and soap companies. Audio segments were recorded between Dec. 1–8, 2021.

Show Notes

The Outer Dark Holiday Special is our seasonal gift to you featuring flash fiction, poetry, music and gift ideas from nine Weird horror writers including Linda D. Addison, Julie C. Day, Edward Austin Hall, Gwendolyn Kiste, Ian McDowell, Hysop Mulero, Alistair Rennie, Eric Schaller, and Steve Toase. Also included are Gift Guide Mini-Interviews with Weird writers who make supernatural-themed craft items, including Kristi DeMeester (Scent from Hell candles), Melanie Crew (The Cryptid Cannery), and Brooke Warra (The Naked Wytch soap). Consider supporting them for your present and personal shopping this holiday season, and be sure to scroll down to the show notes for links to gift books recommended by the featured authors in this episode. Audio segments were recorded between Dec. 1-8, 2021.

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Additional Links: A 2021 Weird Gift Guide

Gwendolyn Kiste Recommends: Root Magic by Eden Royce (Harper Collins, 2021)

Edward Austin Hall Recommends: The Ghettobirds, speculative poetry by Bryant O’Hara (Frayed Edge Press, 2021)

Linda D. Addison Recommends: Oblivion in Flux: A Collection of Cyber Prose by Maxwell I. Gold (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2021)

Ian McDowell Recommends: Tales The Devil Told Me by Jen Fawkes (Press 53, 2021)

Julie C. Day Recommends: To Drown in Dark Water by Steve Toase (Undertow Press, 2021)

Eric Schaller Recommends: Research into Marginal Living : The Selected Stories by John D. Keefauver, edited by Scott Nicolay (Lethe Press, 2021)

Hysop Mulero Recommends: grotesquerie by Richard Gavin (Undertow Press, 2020)

Alistair Rennie Recommends: Cryochamber music label releases

Steve Toase Recommends: I Spit Myself Out by Tracy Fahey (Sinister Horror Company, 2021) 

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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