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!
Paul Mavrides – Artist best known for his collaboration with underground cartoonist Gilbert Shelton on THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS in the ’70s and ’80s. His work has been published in various comics anthologies, including ZAP, YOUNG LUST, and REAL WAR STORIES. He also illustrated several Harvey Pekar stories for American Splendor. In 1997, he successfully won a court ruling that banned the state of California from levying a sales tax on comic strips and comic books.
Sunny Moraine (Twitter @dynamicsymmetry) – Author whose short fiction has appeared in Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Nightmare, and Lightspeed, among other places. They are also responsible for the ROOT CODE and CASTING THE BONES trilogies and their debut short fiction collection SINGING WITH ALL MY SKIN AND BONES is available from Undertow Publications. In addition, they are the creator, writer, and narrator of the GONE podcast, a serial horror-drama. Find out more via their website here.
Sylvia Moreno-Garcia– Award-winning editor and author of SIGNAL TO NOISE and CERTAIN DARK THINGS, selected as one of NPR’s best books of 2016. THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, a novel of manners with a speculative element, is her third book. She won a World Fantasy Award for her work as an editor. Her newest novel, MEXICAN GOTHIC, will be released by Del Rey Publishing in June 2020. Find out more via her website here.
Tiffany Scandal (Twitter @TiffanyScandal) – Award-nominated author of JIGSAW YOUTH and SHIT LUCK. She has modeled and worked as a photographer for Suicide Girls, and as a social worker, provides counseling services for at-risk women and LGBTQ youth. Her editing work includes NASTY! is a collection of bold essays and recollections by fierce women who are not ashamed of who they are or what they do.
Jean Claude Smith – Award-nominated author of the collections THE DARK IS LIGHT ENOUGH FOR ME and AUTUMN IN THE ABYSS. His chapbooks include DANDELIONS, THE WRATH OF CONCRETE AND STEEL and more. His RIDING THE CENTIPEDE was published by Omnium Gatherum in 2015 and was a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. His OCCASIONAL BEASTS: TALES was published in 2018. Find out more via his website here, or his Amazon author page here.
Grafton Tanner (Twitter @GraftonTanner) – Author of BABBLING CORPSE: VAPORWAVE AND THE COMMODIFICATION OF GHOSTS. His writing has appeared in The Nation, the Los Angeles Review of Books, We Are The Mutants, and other places. He writes and performs music with his band Superpuppet. His book, THE CIRCLE OF THE SNAKE: NOSTALGIA AND UTOPIA IN THE AGE OF BIG (Zer0 Books), will be available December 11, 2020. Find out more via his website here.
Damien Angelica Walters – Award-winning author of the supernatural thriller, THE DEAD GIRLS CLUB (Crooked Lane Books, December 2019). She is also the author of CRY YOUR WAY HOME, PAPER TIGERS, and SING ME YOUR SCARS. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and published in various anthologies and magazines, including the Shirley Jackson Award Finalists Autumn Cthulhu and The Madness of Dr. Caligari, World Fantasy Award Finalist Cassilda’s Song, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Apex Magazine. Until the magazine’s closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede. Find out more via her website here.
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Twitter @AZinosAmaro) – Award-nominated author and co-author, with Robert Silverberg, of WHEN THE BLUE SHIFT COMES. His short stories have appeared in magazines like Analog, Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, Lackington’s, Mothership Zeta, Farrago’s Wainscot and Neon, as well as anthologies such as The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Tales, and more. His essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The First Line, Asimov’s, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, and more. He also edits the roundtable blog for Locus. Find out more via his website here.