Ready 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? Here’s an awesome list to catch up on while we all play our part in being responsible social distancers. The next set of “round-ups” will be the creative endeavors created by, or put out by, The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird Guests 2017-2019 (and where to find them). Enjoy!
Mark Bode – Became a professional comic artist since the age of 15 when he was hired to color Vaughn Bode’s (his father) black and white strip Zooks, for Heavy Metal Magazine. He is known for Miami Mice, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the science fiction graphic novel series COBALT 60. He is also a mural artist, a tattooist, and a toy and clothing designer. Mark is presently working with a team of animators and actors to self-produce an AR-animated Cobalt 60comic book, to be produced as a live action movie, directed by Zack Snyder of DAWN OF THE DEAD (the remake), Frank Miller’s “300”, and his smash hit THE WATCHMEN. He is currently working on another chapter in the Cobalt 60 story. Find out more at his website here.
David Bowles – Award-winning Mexican-American author who has written fourteen books, including THE SMOKING MIRROR and FEATHERED SERPENT, DARK HEART OF SKY. In April 2019, Penguin published THE CHUPACABRAS OF THE RIO GRANDE, co-written with Adam Gidwitz. His work has also appeared in venues such as Apex, Nightmare, The Dark, Eye to the Telescope, Strange Horizons, Translation Review, and Rattle. In 2017, David was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. For more information, check out his website here.
Daniel Braum –Author of THE NIGHT MARCHERS AND OTHER STRANGE TALES, THE WISH MECHANICS, YETI TIGER DRAGON LEOPARD, THE SERPENT’S SHADOW and more. His short fiction has appeared in a wide range of publications including Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and several appearances in Cemetery Dance Magazine, Audient Void, A Walk on the Weird Side anthology, and more. He is the host of the Night Time Logic series in New York. For more information, check out his website here.
Heather Buckley (Twitter @_HeatherBuckley) – As a journalist for over a decade, she contributed to Dread Central, Diabolique and Fangoria. She worked in the makeup department on Billy Pon’s CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, and then as Makeup FX Shop Supervisor on The Booth Brothers’ SYFY channel film DEAD STILL and Ted Geoghegan’s WE ARE STILL HERE. She is currently a Blu-Ray Special Features Producer for Red Shirt Pictures, Severin Films, Kino Lorber and Liongate working on documentaries (over 100 and counting), which include THE THING, THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, BARTON FINK, ARMY OF DARKNESS and more. She is also one of the producers on Jen Wexler’s THE RANGER for Glass Eye Pix and Hood River Entertainment, a punk rock horror film which premiered at SXSW 2018. Find out more via her IMDB page here.
Nadia Bulkin – Award-nominated writer of scary stories, thirteen of which appear in her debut collection, SHE SAID DESTROY (Word Horde, 2017). Her short stories have been included in editions of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, The Year’s Best Horror, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror. Check out her work via her website here, or her Amazon author page here.
Selena Chambers (Twitter & IG: @BasBleuZombie) – Award-nominated author of CALLS FOR SUBMISSION (Pelekinesis), WANDERING SPIRITS: TRAVELING MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN (Tallhat Press) and co-editor (with Jason Heller) of MECHANICAL ANIMALS: TALES AT THE CRUX OF CREATURE AND TECH (Hex Publishing). She also co-hosts The Skeleton Hat Podcast with author Paul Jessup. Find out more at her website here or her Amazon author page here.
Sam Cowan (Twitter @DimShores) – Publisher and editor who established Dim Shores in 2015, a small press that publishes weird and horror fiction. Many releases are limited-edition chapbooks, lovingly hand-numbered and packed with care at Dim Shores headquarters in California. You can find out more and purchase chapbooks via their web store here.
Rios de la Luz – A queer xicana/chapina sci-fi loving writer living in El Paso. Her first book, THE PULSE BETWEEN DIMENSIONS AND THE DESERT is out now via Ladybox Books. Her debut novella, ITZA is out now via Broken River Books. If you would like to purchase books from her directly: you can do that here. Her work has been featured in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Entropy, Luna Luna Magazine, and more. Check out her website here.
Kristi DeMeester – Author of BENEATH, a novel published by Word Horde, and EVERYTHING THAT’S UNDERNEATH, a short fiction collection published by Apex Publications. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year Volume 9, Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volumes 1, 3 and 5, Black Static, The Dark, Apex Magazine, and more. Find out more via her website here.