TOD 123 World Fantasy 2022: Keeping It Weird

The Outer Dark presents Keeping It Weird, a panel from World Fantasy Con 2022 featuring David Boop, Michael Kelly, Anya Martin, Jon Padgett, Zin E. Rocklyn, and Jason A. Wyckoff. This podcast’s content was recorded in New Orleans, LA, on November 5, 2022. 

Show Notes

The Outer Dark presents Keeping It Weird, a panel from World Fantasy Con 2022 moderated by Jason A. Wyckoff and featuring David Boop, Michael Kelly (Undertow Publications), Anya Martin, Jon Padgett (Grimscribe Press), and  Zin E. Rocklyn . The panelists discuss why they personally find contemporary Weird fiction exciting, why The Weird defies definition and is much more than cosmic horror, mode vs genre, and how  the rise of a “community” of diverse and marginalized writers is pushing the limits of The Weird as a vital literary mode and turning its Lovecraftian legacy upside-down.  More topics include the key role of independent editors and presses on seeding the The Weird Renaissance, a hunger for new suns,  the panelists’ own goals with utilizing The Weird, their many author reading recommendations, and their  predictions of the future of Weird fiction! This podcast’s content was recorded in New Orleans, LA, on November 5, 2022. Thank you to WFC22 Vice-Chair Ginny Smith and programming chair Pamela Oberg for permission to air the panel.

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Additional Links

LISTEN: TOD 115 State of The Weird Roundtable 2022

LISTEN: TOD World Fantasy 2022: Weird Readings Cluster

Cadabra Records

Looming Low, Vol. II (anthology eds. Justin Steele and Sam Cowan, Ltd HC, Dim Shores, 2022) Paperback  here

Premee Mohamed

LISTEN: TOD 122 Usman T. Malik: Horror with a Sense of Wonder

LISTEN: TOD 074 Craig Laurance Gidney: Dreaming a Weird that Shimmers

Jorge Luis Borges, The Art of Fiction No. 39 (Paris Review)

Michael Cisco (GoodReads)

Brian Evenson

Kelly Link

Dunhams Manor Press (Jordan Krall)

Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

Lethe Press (Steve Berman)

Word Horde (Ross E. Lockhart)

Thomas Ligotti Online

Laird Barron

John Langan

Simon Strantzas

China Mieville

M. John Harrison

Ann VanderMeer (Wiki)

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (GoodReads)

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid (Simon & Schuster, 2016)

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Blackened Roots: An Anthology of the Undead, Eds. Nicole Givens Kurtz and Tonia Ransom (Mocha Memoirs Press, 2023)

Stephen Graham Jones

We Are Here to Hurt Each Other by Paula D. Ashe (2022)

Ivy Grimes

LISTEN: TOD 003 Matthew M. Bartlett: Sometimes the Dead Men Won’t Stop Talking

LISTEN: TOD 024 Nadia Bulkin: Mechanisms of Upheaval

LISTEN: TOD A15  Gemma Files: Every Movie Is a Ghost Story

Michael Uhall

Joanna Parypinski

Christopher Ropes

Isabel Yap

The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova (Coffee House Press, 2017)

Yoko Ogawa

Jesus and John by Adam McOmber (Lethe Press)

LISTEN: TOD 077 Quarantine Readings: John Langan and Brooke Warra

LISTEN: TOD 042 J.S. Breukelaar: Like Blade Runner But the Rain is Spit

LISTEN: TOD 115 The Horizon Is Still Way Beyond You: Zora Neale Hurston’s Life and Legacy (panel from NecronomiCon 2022)

Donyae Coles

LISTEN: TOD 108 M. Rickert: Ships and Stories Built Out of Stones and Memories

Desert Creatures by Kay Chronister (Erewhon Press, 2022)

Breakable Things by Cassandra Khaw (Undertow, 2022)

Meow Wolf

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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