Can’t wait for August to get wickedly Weird with The Outer Dark? Needing something new to spark your imagination? Tired of being a shut-in with nothing to do, nowhere to go? I figured, why not provide you all with an awesome list of to catch up on while we all play our part in being responsible social distancers. Will be posting lists daily (or more) of creative endeavors that you can access created by or put out by The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2020 Guests, Hosts, Attendees and Volunteers (and where to find them). Enjoy!


Scott Nicolay – Award-winning writer of Weird fiction and on Weird fiction. He is ScottNicolaycurrently translating the short fiction of Belgian writer Jean Ray for Wakefield Press, finishing his third collection of stories, THE GREAT NOCTURNAL: TALES OF DREAD, to be released May 2020. The first, WHISKEY TALES, was released on February 2019. And the second, CRUISE OF SHADOWS: HAUNTED STORIES OF LAND AND SEA, was released in December 2019. Check out Leonid Bilmes’s review in the L.A. Review of Books here. His debut collection, ANA KAI TANGATA, was released by Fedogan & Bremer in April 2014. For more information on his work and to purchase, check out his website here.


BalogunBalogun Ojetade (Twitter @Baba_Balogun) – Master Instructor and Technical Director of the Afrikan Martial Arts Institute and Co-Chair/Founder of Blacktasticon, He is the author of bestselling books Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within, The Afrikan Warriors’ Bible, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2), The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman: Freedonia and more. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of anthologies and contributing editor of the Rococoa anthology and Black Power: The Superhero Anthology. He is also the Director and Fight Choreographer of the feature film, A Single Link, and several shorts. Find him on. For more information and to check out his work, go to his Amazon author page here.

Sangowunmi Opayemi (Twitter @Lunar8Butterfly) – Owner and creator of Lunar Butterfly Productions, an independent TV/Film company providing HD video solutions to all your business needs. Check out their YouTube channel here.


Jeff Patterson – Writer, illustrator, blogger, and contributor to the Hugo Award-winning Jeff Pattersonwebsite SF Signal, and the least-educated (but better-looking) third of the podcast team known as The Three Hoarsemen. You can find out more about his work and purchase copies via his Amazon author page here.


Liv Rainey-Smith – Artist whose original art is created through xylography, the practice of carving and printing LivRaineywood. She draws inspiration from early European prints, esoteric traditions, folklore, fiction, and the natural world. Recently she created the art for the 2019 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival poster, and her art appears on the character Lavinia Gardner in the Richard Stanley film COLOR OUT OF SPACE. Check out her Etsy shop here.SarahRead

Sarah Read (@inkwellmonster on Instagram or Twitter) – Dark fiction writer in the frozen north of Wisconsin. Her short stories can be found in various places, including Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 10. A collection of her short fiction called Out of Water is available now from Trepidatio Publishing, as is her debut novel THE triciareeksBONE WEAVER’S ORCHARD. For more information and to purchase her work, go to her website here.

Tricia Reeks (Twitter @MeerkatPress) – Publisher and founder of Atlanta-based Meerkat Press, co-editor of BEHIND THE MASK, and editor of LOVE HURTS and CREEP. You can find her via her website here, or purchase works via her Amazon page here.joannaroye

Joanna Roye (Twitter @JJRoyeWrites) – Award-nominated writer of literary horror and Weird fiction. Her work first appeared in the anthology Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable. Check out her work via her website here.

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