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March 26, 2018 by Philip Fracassi
As always happens, I return from a gathering of writers inspired and driven to work harder in order to feel myself worthy of their gracious company and brilliant ideas.
The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2018 (or ODS ’18 to me) was one such event. I did enjoy reading from my upcoming novella, SHILOH, and watching other writers read from past, present and forthcoming work. Thanks to Alvaro Zinos-Amaro for moderating my fascinating panel on the Weird.
Of course the best part of these cons is meeting new folks and making new friends in the community, and I want to thank all my new writer pals for putting up with me and allowing me to participate. The setting, also, was perfect, as the Winchester Mystery House was indeed unsettling and quite mad.
Special thanks to Scott Nicolay and Anya Martin for putting it all together. And although I missed out on meeting some people (it was a one-day event, after all!), I want to give a shout-out to those I did get to shake hands with (and perhaps tip a pint): Mike Griffin, Michael Adams, John Foster, Eric Schaller, Cody Goodfellow, Greg Bossert, Marc Laidlaw, Brandon Petry, Gordon B. White, John Claude Smith, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Craig L. Gidney, Ross E. Lockhart, Andrew Reichart, Matthew Jaffe, Rebecca J. Allred, Liv Rainey-Smith, Sam Cowan and many others whose full names I didn’t get or have slipped through the cracks of my fragmented mind. If we’d had another day I’m sure I would have met everyone — next time I hope.