BizarroCon 2016 Schedule

The schedule of programming for BizarroCon 2016 has been released. See HERE.

I’ll be at the con Thursday and Friday evenings, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Lena and I are even staying one night at the Edgefield Hotel, even though we live a short distance away, because it’s such a cool, fun place.

My involvement will be as follows:

Saturday 12:30-1:15pm: VARIETIES OF THE WEIRD
(Mod—G. Arthur Brown, Rios de la Luz, Jason Rizos, Kirsten Alene, Garrett Cook, Michael Griffin) writers and editors examine and discuss different styles of weird writing including magic realism, absurdism, gonzo, exploitation, mythology and folk tales. (Location: The Barley Room)

Saturday 2:30-4:00pm: THE WORD HORDE READING BLOCK
Ross E. Lockhart, Michael Griffin, Alan M. Clark, Rios de la Luz.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Varieties of Weirdness Panel at BizarroCon 2015

Still in the middle of a busy couple of weeks here, between BizarroCon last weekend, the Cthulhu Fhtagn! reading at Powell’s last night, and Living Dead Horror Con this weekend.

I’ll have more to say on some of these matters too, but for now I’ll just link to Scott Nicolay’s The Outer Dark podcast, a recent episode of which featured a recording of the Varieties of Weirdness Panel at BizarroCon 2015. I was on that panel along with moderator Ross E. Lockhart, Rios de la Luz, G. Arthur Brown and Garrett Cook.

The link is HERE.

Varieties of Weirdness panel photo by Helen Hopley
Varieties of Weirdness panel photo by Helen Hopley

The panel discussion began just minutes after those of us in the room heard the news that Scott Nicolay had won the World Fantasy Award. Congrats to Scott for the huge honor, and thanks for featuring “Varieties of Weirdness” on The Outer Dark.

BizarroCon 2015

It’s been a year of many conventions, and I’m not done yet. Today is the beginning of BizarroCon 2015 at the McMenamins Edgefield. The Edgefield is a cool historic place that was the county “poor farm” in the days of my grandparents.

The McMenamins company has turned it into a whimsical, sprawling entertainment complex with hotel rooms, restaurants and bars, a golf course and assorted other fun stuff.

As a genre, Bizarro is slightly different from what I normally write, though I believe there’s a lot of crossover between Bizarro and the weirder end of the Weird. Some of my favorite publishers like Word Horde and Lazy Fascist Press have one foot in each territory, as I see it.

Though the con will be underway Thursday afternoon, I won’t be showing up until later Thursday night. I’ll be delivering Michael Cisco from the airport.

Friday will be a long day of workshops and other entertainments. Early in the morning I’ll be participating in a “Perfecting Your Pitch” workshop led by Ross E. Lockhart, and after lunch I’ll be in the “Chunk-Style Plotting” workshop led by John Skipp.

Saturday I’m taking part in the Word Horde Reading Block (2:30-4PM) along with Ross Lockhart, Nathan Carson, Nikki Guerlain, Edward Morris and M.P. Johnson.

Sunday I’m on the “Varieties of Weirdness” panel (in which I hope to touch on the crossover I perceive between Bizarro and Weird fiction) along with Ross again, G. Arthur Brown, Garrett Cook, Cameron Pierce and Rios De La Luz. This panel will be recorded, with the approval of all participants, for inclusion in a future edition of Scott Nicolay’s excellent podcast series The Outer Dark.

Last year I only attended BizarroCon for a single day, but I had such fun I wanted to be part of all three days this year. If you’ll be there, I look forward to seeing you. Lots of fun to be had!