More Eldritch than Eldritch
Panel discussion with Garrett Cook (moderator), Cody Goodfellow, Evan J. Peterson, Anya Martin, Sarah Walker
As Lovecraftian entities become bobbleheads and Satan becomes a quaint bugbear for the religious right, how does the writer of cosmic horror and horror create predatory cosmologies without creating fan fiction or giving lip service to canon without creating new fears? What place do "elevated horror", Bizarro and literary surrealism have in the future of occult and cosmic horror stories? Panelists will discuss how to create cosmic horror that will continue to awe and frighten in a time where the eldritch has become the familiar.
Garrett Cook is an author with Deadite Press and an editor with Eraserhead Press. His work has appeared in A Breath from the Sky, DOA III, Giallo Fantastique, Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade and more. His next book Crisis Boy comes out October 15th.
CODY GOODFELLOW has written five novels, and co-wrote three more with New York Times bestselling author John Skipp. His first two collections Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars and All-Monster Action, each received the Wonderland Book Award. His latest, Rapture Of The Deep & Other Lovecraftian Tales, is out now from Hippocampus Press. He wrote, co-produced and scored the short Lovecraftian hygiene film "Stay At Home Dad," which can be viewed on YouTube. As a bishop of the Esoteric Order of Dagon (San Pedro Chapter), he presides over several Cthulhu Prayer Breakfasts each year, from Comic-Con to the Queen Mary. He is also a cofounder of Perilous Press, an occasional micropublisher of modern cosmic horror, which recently published Mystery Meat, an underground horror graphic novel drawn by Mike Dubisch.
Evan J. Peterson is the author of Drag Star! (Choice of Games), the world’s first drag RPG, as well as The PrEP Diaries: A Safe(r) Sex Memoir (Lethe Press). He is a Clarion West alum and author of the horror poetry chapbooks Skin Job and The Midnight Channel as well as editor of the Lambda Literary finalist Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City 5. His writing has also appeared in Weird Tales, Unspeakable Horror 2, Queers Destroy Horror, Boing Boing, and Best Gay Stories 2015. He is the founder of the now-concluded Seattle programs Minor Arcana Press and SHRIEK: Women of Horror Film. Evanjpeterson.com can tell you more.
Anya Martin has always rooted for the monster and regrets abandoning her earliest career aspiration--paleontology. She's also half-Finnish, still likes punk rock though now with a heavy side of blues and experimental jazz, has a bachelor's degree in anthropology, cooks dangerously hot curries, earns her living as a journalist and abides in Atlanta. Her fiction appears in such anthologies and magazines as the upcoming Eternal Frankenstein, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, Giallo Fantastique, Cassilda's Song, Xnoybis #2, Borderlands 6, Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond, and Womanthology: Heroic. She is also associate producer of The Outer Dark podcast, which interviews weird fiction creators and was awarded Best Podcast for 2015 by This Is Horror. She grew up with Weird as the daughter of William C. Martin, First Fandom member and one of the world's most prominent H.P. Lovecraft collectors.
Sarah Walker is an artist, anthropologist, and writer of horror who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her work, both artistic and written, has been published by multiple publishers and publications like Audient Void, Lovecraft Ezine Press, Vastarien, Planet X Publications, Lovecraft Lunatic Asylum, Oxygenman Books, Antimony and Old Lace, Ladies and Gentlemen of Fantasy, Eighth Tower Publishing, Alien Sun Press, and more. Her first novella is set to be published this spring by Nictitating Press and she has stories coming out soon in 2022 including a short novella written as a tribute to the late great Lucio Fulci. Her illustrated Folk Horror anthology, A Walk in A Darker Wood, which is a collaboration of Folk Horror with the editing expertise of Gordon White, Phil Breach and Duane Pesice came out last winter and is available on Amazon. She is hard at work on the next anthology, a selection of Urban Legend themed Horror set to be published January 2022.