Here are some pictures from the whirlwind quasi-tour promoting A SPECTRAL HUE. 3 cites (DC, Baltimore, New York), a variety of venues (from the Library of Congress to a DIY performance space plus a Skyped book club visit in Dallas) and a whole lot of meeting readers and other writers. I’m open to talk to classes, book clubs and readings. Thanks to everyone who set up the events, and those who attended!
In addition to the reading on Oct 18 at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division reading with Trebor Healey, I will also be reading for the Enclave series held at the actor Alan Cumming’s cabaret spot on Oct 20. The event now has an official poster.
DC area folks — I will be reading with a bunch of other authors (Nino Cipri, Marianne Kirby, Nibedita Sen, dave ring, and Jay Wolf) at the DIY Performance Space RhizomeDC!
I had a great time at Necronomicon in Providence, Rhode Island this past weekend. I caught up with old friends, and met new ones and did my best not to break the bank with all of the various artwork in the dealer’s room. While I am not particularly a Lovecraft fan, I am huge fan for Weird Fiction itself–both contemporary and historic.
I was on two panels this year. Both of them were recorded for the Outer Dark podcast, and should be up in the near future.
The Tanith Lee panel explored Lee’s criminally underrated idiosyncratic fiction, its eroticism, humor, and lush decadence. I learned more facts about Lee the person from Allison Rich, who runs the online bibliography Daughter of the Night: An Annotated Tanith Lee Bibliography.
The Weird Fiction in the African Diaspora was equally illuminating–my fellow panelists offered a plethora of passionate viewpoints. We talked about how the various tropes of Cosmic Horror are transformed through a black/African-descended lens.
Both panels were well-attended.
I managed to sell out of the books that I brought with me, and signed a shipment that arrived at the Lovecraft Arts and Sciences store.
I came home to find that now have a Wikipedia entry, thanks to friends who are editors.
Reading from the novel at OutWrite 2019 (Washington, DC)
A Spectral Hue is a staff pick at Copperfield’s Books (Petaluma, CA)
August 2, 2-3pm
Reading: A Crooked Looking Glass
Nino Cipri, Ruthanna Emrys, Craig L. Gidney, Margaret Killjoy. Moderated by Marianne Kirby
August 22 – 25
Friday Aug 23 1:30pm
HER OWN DARK MYTHOS: TANITH LEE – Capital Ballroom, Graduate 2nd Floor
Tanith Lee (1947–2015) wrote broadly, including work for children and adults, poetry, and television. With her lush, dark, and often deeply psychosexual prose, she created bizarre fantasy worlds and turned familiar horror tropes upon their heads. Join our panelists as they explore the work of this grand master of the decadently weird and impossibly strange.
Panelists: Paul Di Filippo, Craig Gidney, Paul Tremblay (M), Sonya Taaffe, Allison Rich, Daniel Braum
Saturday Aug 24 10:30am
DARK MATTERS: WEIRD FICTION FROM THE AFRICAN DIASPORA – Biltmore Ballroom, Graduate 17th Floor
Writers of African descent around the world have been contributing to speculative fiction since the days of Charles W. Chesnutt, W. E. B. Dubois, and George S. Schuyler, but their contributions have not always been acknowledged. Our panelists discuss the history and importance of this literary movement and how the Diaspora experience has shaped and informed it.
Panelists: Victor LaValle, teri zin, Errick Nunnally (M), Craig Gidney, Hysop Loreal Mulero, Chesya Burke
I also wrote the introduction to Love in a Time of Dragons a new Tanith Lee collection of her short fiction put out by Immanion Press which will be released in August!
My Norwescon Schedule, where I will co-lead the Norwescon Writer’s Workshop, is below. Can’t wait to get back to Seattle!
Norwescon Writers Workshop Meet & Greet
8:00pm – 9:00pm @ Baker
Sienna Saint-Cyr, Barth Anderson, Carol Berg, Nisi Shawl, Neil Clarke, Craig Laurance Gidney
Norwescon Writers Workshop Critique Session with Craig Gidney & Barth Anderson
2:00pm – 6:00pm @ Baker
Craig Laurance Gidney, Barth Anderson
The New Norwescon Writers Workshop Q&A
2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Cascade 11
Sienna Saint-Cyr, Barth Anderson, Carol Berg, Craig Laurance Gidney, Nisi Shawl, Neil Clarke
Mommy, Where Do Writers Come From?
4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Cascade 11
Craig Laurance Gidney (M), Kat/K.R. Richardson, Caroline M. Yoachim, Jack Skillingstead, Yilin Wang
Norwescon Writers Workshop Reception
5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Presidential Suite 1360
Sienna Saint-Cyr, Carol Berg, Barth Anderson, Craig Laurance Gidney, Nisi Shawl, Neil Clarke
What’s Happening in Social Horror
7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Cascade 9
Jon Lasser (M), Craig Laurance Gidney
Writing the Mad March Hare
1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Cascade 5 & 6
Barth Anderson (M), keerawa, Craig Laurance Gidney, Scott James Magner
3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Cascade 10
Evan J. Peterson (M), Jon Lasser, Craig Laurance Gidney, Eric Morgret
The third annual Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird occurred last weekend. It was a confluence of readings, panels, and academic presentations all held in a special effects studio in Atlanta, under the watchful gaze of silicon monsters. Attendees came from all parts of the country, as far away as Hawaii. The readings spanned the entire cosmos of Weird Fiction, from the absurd to creepy to literary and all points in-between. The lively panels were full of passionate participants.
I have no idea where my own fiction fits in this constellation but it definitely has a home, embedded there amongst the other dark stars. In fact, I pitched A SPECTRAL HUE at last year’s symposium (check the acknowledgements of the book). Thanks to everyone who had a hand in organizing this event.
Till next year!