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!
Kurt Fawver – Award-winning author of horror, weird fiction, and literature that oozes through the cracks of genre. His short fiction has been published in venues such as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Vastarien, Best New Horror, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. He’s the author of two collections of short stories—THE DISSOLUTION OF SMALL WORLDS and FOREVER, IN PIECES, as well as a novella, Burning Witches, Burning Angels, and two chapbooks, Pwdre Ser and Problems in River Heights. Find out more via his website here.
John Foster – Author of thrillers and dark fiction. His DEAD MEN was published by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing (PMMP) in 2015 and his second novel, MISTER WHITE, was published by Grey Matter Press in April of 2016. His debut collection of short stories, BABY POWDER AND OTHER TERRIFYING SUBSTANCES, was published by PMMP in January 2017. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Shock Totem, Dark Moon Digest and Dread – the Best of Grey Matter Press among others. Check out his work here via his website.
Philip Fracassi – Award-winning author whose debut collection, BEHOLD THE VOID, was published by JournalStone in 2017. His novellas include SHILOH, FRAGILE DREAMS and SACCULINA. His work has appeared in several current and upcoming publications, including Nightmare, Strange Aeons, Dark Discoveries and Best Horror of the Year. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years and was the founder of Equator Books, a publishing house and rare, out-of-print bookstore in Venice, CA. Find out more at his website here.
Craig Lawrence Gidney (Instagram, Tumblr & Twitter: @ethereallad) – Award-winning author who writes both contemporary and genre fiction. He is the author of the collections, SEA, SWALLOW ME & OTHER STORIES (Lethe Press, 2008), SKIN DEEP MAGIC (Rebel Satori Press, 2014), and the Young Adult novel BEREFT (Tiny Satchel Press, 2013). His novel, A SPECTRAL HUE was published by Word Horde in 2019. Find out more via his website here.
Cody Goodfellow – Award-winning author of eight novels, and co-writer of three more with New York Times bestselling author John Skipp. His first two collections include SILENT WEAPONS FOR QUIET WARS and ALL-MONSTER ACTION. He wrote, co-produced and scored the short Lovecraftian hygiene films STAY AT HOME DAD and BABY GOT BASS. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous short films, TV shows, music videos and commercials. He is also a cofounder of Perilous Press, an occasional micropublisher of modern cosmic horror. Find out more via his website here.
Michael Griffin (Twitter @mgsoundvisions) – Author of HIEROGLYPHS OF BLOOD AND BONE (Journalstone, 2017), short fiction collections, THE LURE OF DEVOURING LIGHT (Word Horde, 2016), THE HUMAN ALCHEMY (Word Horde 2018) and more. His stories have appeared in magazines like Apex and Black Static, and the anthologies LOOMING LOW, ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN, THE CHILDREN OF OLD LEECH and THE GRIMSCRIBE’S PUPPETS. His most recent book, ARMAGEDDON HOUSE is available for pre-order here. He’s also an ambient musician and founder of Hypnos Recordings, an ambient record label he operates with his wife in Portland, Oregon. Find out more via his website here.
Brian Kirk – Award-nominated author of WE ARE MONSTERS and more. His short fiction has been published in several notable magazines and anthologies, such as Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold! Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders. His latest novel is a work of surreal horror titled WILL HAUNT YOU. He wrote the prequel as a creepy-pasta story, titled OBSIDEO, which you can read here. Find out more via his website here.
Marc Laidlaw – Best known as the writer behind the Half-Life videogame franchise, but haunters of used bookstores may know him for a handful of novels, including THE 37TH MANDALA, DAD’S NUKE and more. His latest (still unpublished) book, Underneath the Oversea, marks the first novel-length adventure of Gorlen Vizenfirthe, the bard with the gargoyle hand. Find out more via his website here.
Izzy Lee – Writer, filmmaker, film festival programmer, and journalist for Birth.Movies.Death, Rue Morgue, and Diabolique, as well as an editor for Screen Anarchy. Her recently published short stories include: “Tilberian Holiday” (Wicked Witches) and “The Lake Children” (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and Hydrophobia). When she’s not writing, she’s making scary little films, often from an outsider perspective with a socio-political bent. Her shorts include “Postpartum,” “Innsmouth,” “Rites of Vengeance,” “For A Good Time, Call…” and more. Find out more via her website here.
Ross E. Lockhart –Author, anthologist, bookseller, editor, and publisher at Word Horde. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, he is a veteran of small-press publishing, having edited scores of well-regarded novels of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. He edited the anthologies THE BOOK OF CTHULHULAND II, TALES OF JACK THE RIPPER, THE CHILDREN OF OLD LEECH (with Justine Steele), GIALLO FANTASTIQUE, ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN and more He is the author of CHICK BASSIST. Chick Bassist. Lockhart lives in Petaluma, California, with his wife Jennifer, hundreds of books, and Elinor Phantom, a Shih Tzu moonlighting as his editorial assistant. Check out his website here.