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Out for Blood: Queer Tales to Tell in The Dark

Event date: 
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Charis presents Out for Blood: Queer Tales to Tell in The Dark, a panel organized by and Tor Nightfire.

The panel features E.R. Anderson (moderator), Executive Director of Charis Circle, Cassandra Khaw (Nothing But Blackened Teeth), Zin E. Rocklyn (Flowers for the Sea), and Lee Mandelo (Summer Sons).

Just in time for Halloween, we invite seekers of spooky stories to join us in celebrating three new novels by queer and trans authors sure to thrill, delight, and keep you up at night! Cassandra Khaw's Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists. Zin E. Rocklyn's Flowers for the Sea is a dark, dazzling debut novella that reads like Rosemary's Baby by way of Octavia E. Butler. Lee Mandelo's Summer Sons is a sweltering, queer Southern Gothic that crosses Appalachian street racing with academic intrigue, all haunted by a hungry ghost. Put these three together and you have a night to remember! 

This event is co-sponsored by Outlantacon, Atlanta's LGBTQ+ convention for Sci-fi, Pop-culture, Multi-media, & Gaming! Learn more about the 2022 con here:

Cassandra Khaw is an award-winning game writer, award-nominated author, and former scriptwriter for Ubisoft Montreal. Their work can be found in places like The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionLightspeed, and Khaw's first original novella, Hammers on Bone, was a British Fantasy Award and Locus Award finalist. Acclaimed writer Khaw can also talk about anything from punk rock, to mythologies from all over the world, to Lovecraftian horror. Khaw's upcoming horror novella, Nothing But Blackened Teeth, is all about Japanese ghosts and demons and is set to release in October 2021. Their forthcoming novel with Richard Kadrey, The Dead Take the A Train, is set to publish by Nightfire in Summer 2022. They can be found at

Zin E. Rocklyn is a contributor to Bram Stoker-nominated Nox PareidoliaKaiju Rising II: Reign of MonstersBrigands: A Blackguards Anthology, and Forever Vacancy anthologies, and Weird Luck Tales No. 7 zine. Their story “Summer Skin” in the Bram Stoker-nominated anthology Sycorax’s Daughters received an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, Volume Ten. Zin contributed the nonfiction essay “My Genre Makes a Monster of Me” to Uncanny Magazine’s Hugo Award-winning Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Their short story “The Night Sun” was an Ignyte Award finalist and their flash fiction “teatime” was published on Their debut novella, Flowers for the Sea will be published by Tordotcom Publishing in Fall 2021. Zin is a 2017 VONA and 2018 Viable Paradise graduate as well as a 2021 Clarion West candidate. You can find them on Twitter @intelligentwat.

Lee Mandelo is a writer, critic, and occasional editor whose fields of interest include speculative and queer fiction, especially when the two coincide. They have been a past nominee for various awards including the Nebula, Lambda, and Hugo; their work can be found in magazines such as Tor.comUncanny MagazineClarkesworld, and Nightmare. Aside from a brief stint overseas learning to speak Scouse, Mandelo has spent their life ranging across Kentucky, currently living in Lexington and pursuing a PhD at the University of Kentucky.

E.R. Anderson is a recovering academic and down-low fiction writer who believes that words are both weapons and medicine, and never doubts that a few good stories can change the world. As the Executive Director of Charis Circle, E.R. manages the programming, fiscal, and daily operations of our non-profit and is always interested in the ways our communities can share skills and resources. E.R. is the co-founder of the Gender-Creative Parenting Collective and the Race-Conscious Parenting Collective and believes that when we invest in the wholeness and autonomy of children radical things are possible for society. E.R. came to Charis as one of the founding members of the Young Writer's Group in 1997. A native Atlantan who loves the community of words and writers in this city, E.R. reads everything from poetry and essays to horror and how-to, but they are a sucker for gritty stories gracefully told.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.

We will be archiving this event and adding closed captioning as soon as possible after airing so that it will be accessible to deaf and HOH people. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don't hesitate to reach out to We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances.

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Nothing But Blackened Teeth By Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250759412
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Nightfire - October 19th, 2021

A Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Award Finalist!
A British Fantasy Award Nominee!
An Indie Next and
October LibraryReads Pick!
2022 RUSA Reading List: Horror Winner!
A Most Anticipated Read on Goodreads,, Crime Reads, BookRiot, The Nerd Daily, and more.

Flowers for the Sea By Zin E. Rocklyn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250804037
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tordotcom - October 19th, 2021

Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award
Winner of the Pulver Award
An Ignyte Award Finalist

A Library Journal Editor's Pick! A Den of Geeks Best Books of 2021!

Flowers for the Sea
is a dark, dazzling debut novella that reads like Rosemary's Baby by way of Octavia E. Butler

Summer Sons By Lee Mandelo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250790286
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tordotcom - September 28th, 2021

Lee Mandelo's debut Summer Sons is a sweltering, queer Southern Gothic that crosses Appalachian street racing with academic intrigue, all haunted by a hungry ghost.

Event Summary: 
Charis presents Out for Blood: Queer Tales to Tell in The Dark, a panel organized by and Tor Nightfire.