In this podcast The Outer Dark presents two panels: ‘Mary Shelley & Frankenstein: The Roots of Cosmic Horror’ at NecronomiCon 2017 (Providence, RI) featuring Gwendolyn Kiste, Faye Ringel, Holly Schwadron, and Anya Martin (moderator), and ‘Women in Weird Fiction’ at H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (Portland, OR) featuring Michael Griffin, Ross Lockhart, Rose O’Keefe, Liv Rainey-Smith and Anya Martin (moderator). Also, Rose O’Keefe joins Scott and Anya to discuss the panels and preview BizarroCon 2017 (Nov 16-18, Portland, OR). The panels were recorded live on Sunday August 20 and Friday October 6. Find out more and listen here,
In this podcast Scott Nicolay interviews Selena Chambers, author of Calls for Submission and Wandering Spirits: Traveling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Also solve a literary mystery to win two signed Calls for Submission ARCs and an all-new News from the Weird featuring co-host Justin Steele! Find out more and listen here.
In this podcast The Outer Dark presents two panels: ‘Rise of Weird Fiction’ at WorldCon 75 (Helsinki, Finland) featuring Helen Marshall (moderator), Siobhan Carroll, Hal Duncan, Shivaun Hoad, Pete Sutton, and ‘The Weird in Weird Fiction’ from Fantasycon 2017 (Peterborough, UK) featuring Phil Sloman (moderator), Stephen Laws, Tim Major, Helen Marshall, Alistair Rennie, Paul Woodward. Also, Helen Marshall joins Scott to introduce and discuss the panels, conventions, and editing Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 4. The panels were recorded live on Friday August 11 and Sunday October 1. Find out more and listen here.
Copyright 2017 Jeanne D’Angelo
Introduction: Notes from the Artist
By Jeanne D’Angelo
When I first started this illustration, I had no idea that the accompanying essay was going to be about Object Oriented Ontology, or even what that was. However, the opening passage struck me immediately because in it human forms are reduced to some unknowable mystifying shape in the distance. Having more of an understanding of the project now this actually seems like a perfect window into a philosophy that decenters humans and describes objects as having agency outside of our perception of them.
The way I chose to compose this image is meant to echo just that. The foreground/true subject of the painting is a beach littered with both objects specifically described in the story, and objects I could imagine I would feel compelled to pick up if I found them. A crowd scene as it were, with objects clustered, balanced, and woven through each other. To me, all the special objects should be conceivable and unremarkable in most ways, probably manmade refuse but which had taken on an unintended and improbable form. I think the way the story described the small patterned piece of pottery somehow broken into an almost perfect star shape was a perfect example of this type of object. We can deduce it was originally made by human hands, but what kinds of circumstances after its creation could have led to it being in this particular state? This could be the hidden world of objects, with their own trajectories, histories and evolution, and as the story shows, their own ability to act upon human consciousness.
On a purely aesthetic level, this sort of illustration presents an interesting challenge. Often the objects we choose to depict in art are remarkable, ornate, or part of some world of symbolism. The subjects of this image and story are mysterious detritus. Something you might just kick along the sidewalk on your way to run errands. It’s interesting to consider the magical little world of street trash with as much attentive detail as you would a painting of a vase of beautiful flowers or a chest of glittering treasure.
Tales from the Crossroads #1
By Scott Nicolay
“Aboli bibelot d’inanité sonore.”
—Stéphane Mallarmé, “Sonnet en X”
I allot a significant portion of my time to thinking about The Weird; to considerations of the strange and the uncanny. To cosmic horror. Those who have read any of the essays I have written in collaboration with artist Michael Bukowski under the rubric Stories from the Borderland may have already noticed this predilection. This preoccupation. This fixation. This obsession. I make no pretense that it is healthy. Continue reading
In this archival podcast Scott Nicolay interviews Orrin Grey, author of Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beastsand Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings. It originally aired on November 11, 2015. This broadcast features an archival edition of News from the Weird with Justin Steele, plus Bonus New Content including more cinematic chat with Orrin and also Max Booth III and Lori Michelle previewing Lost Films from Perpetual Motion MachinePress/Dark Moon Digest. Find out more and listen here.