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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories

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The Weird: a landmark, eclectic, leviathan-sized anthology of fiction's wilder, stranger, darker shores.
Paperback, 1152 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Corvus
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Watching the number of characters I can fit into this textbox dwindle away as I review each story is creating a feeling of anxiety entirely appropriate to this book. Thanks, goodreads.

Alfred Kubin, “The Other Side” (excerpt), 1908 (translation, Austria)
Set somewhere on Earth in the fictional city of Pearl, this story featured an interesting juxtaposition of a straight-forward, almost newsprint-esque voice addressing the successive plagues of sleeping sickness, animal infestation, and non-organi
Dec 24, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
This is the most comprehensive and eclectic story collection of the sub-genre to date. Many will comment on this book’s size. It is over a thousand pages of fairly small text, usually in two columns per page (Weird Tales style), 750 000 words of weirdness from writers in over eighteen different countries. There are stories that are known, stories that are much less known and some stories translated into English for the first time.

A huge collection of stories and a variety of authors from all ov
Mar 19, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
I would rank this at the same exalted level as Manguel's excellent BLACK WATER anthologies - not just another horror anthology, but a true tribute to weird literature throughout the world. By turns tender and terrifying, straight-faced and satirical, graceful and grotesque, awe-inspiring and devastating, the stories in this wide-ranging volume are capable of producing one dizzying revelation after another, as they explore the height, depth and breadth of the unfettered human imagination.
Kat  Hooper
May 19, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

I haven’t actually read every page of The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, yet I’m giving it my highest recommendation. Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Master and Mistress of Weird, The Weird is 1126 pages long and should really be considered a textbook of weird fiction. It contains 110 carefully chosen stories spanning more than 100 years of weird fiction. Here’s what you can expect to find in this massive volume:

A “Forweird” by Michael
Julie Davis
Oct 19, 2015 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing
It's October. Of course I'm reading something like this.

Much to my own surprise I have developed a real love of weird fiction over the last few years. (I blame the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast.)

This collection contains short stories and novellas in chronological order, from around the world. I'd already read the earliest, classic stories included but was really pleased at the selections. (Ahem - so the VanderMeers had the good taste to agree with MY taste. Yes, I realize the judgment call the
Sofia Samatar
Jul 29, 2012 Sofia Samatar rated it it was amazing
I cannot even. I never say "This book changed my life." But this one did. Read, shiver, dream, learn, remember. At the end you'll say: "I wish it was longer."
Paula Cappa
Jul 24, 2014 Paula Cappa rated it really liked it
What's missing in this horror compendium? See if you can guess.

If you are a horror short story lover as I am, this is the anthology to have on your shelf. That is, if you have the space as this volume is bigger and heavier than Stephen King's colossal Under the Dome, and quite boxy to read on your lap (I used a pillow to offset the weight). What I liked about this compendium is the range of time it covers for horror stories. Not only the master horror writers like Blackwood, Lovecraft, MR James
James Everington
Oct 15, 2012 James Everington rated it it was amazing
I don’t know if you've ever seen the Man Vs. Food TV program (if not, basically some idiot attempts to eat an 40oz steak or 3ft pizza or something…) but I've just finished reading The Weird, a vast (100+ stories, 750000 words) anthology of weird fiction put together by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer.

“The publishers believe this is the largest volume of weird fiction ever housed between the covers of one book” the blurb says, as if there’s any doubt…

Just the physical size of the book is somewhat imposin
Nancy Oakes
Aug 28, 2013 Nancy Oakes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weird
Massive shrieks of delight!! As far as a humongous collection of weird tales, it just don't get better than this, folks. Seriously. Even considering the 1152 double-columned pages, its heft (not at all comfortable for reading in bed) and the couple of months it took me to get through this weighty tome, it was all worth it. While every anthology has a few stories that a reader's not going to like, overall this one is a 5/5 star collection, worth every moment it took to read and certainly worth ev ...more
Paul Roberts
Apr 16, 2014 Paul Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DISCLAIMER: I have not read all the stories within this massive tome of awesome. I'm quite sure the VanderMeers have designed their book to be consumed in small doses, giving each of the tales time to fester and to inspire.

The greatest power this compendium wields is to bring to the reader's attention a myriad of lessor-known masters. Consider it a test bag handed to you by a drug dealer.

Standouts thus far include:

"Genius Loci" by Clark Ashton Smith
"The Book" by Margaret Irwin
"Angels in Love" b
Don't vote for this, it's a review in progress

This book is gigantic. It's like a thousand pages long, but each page has at least two of a normal books amount of words on it. So this is really like a two thousand page book. It's going to take awhile to get through. Some of the stories in this collection are actually novellas, and some of them are available on their own. When they are I'm going to review them on their own and just link to them. That way I'll save space in this review, and get to i
Orrin Grey
Sep 06, 2012 Orrin Grey rated it it was amazing
I didn't actually read every word of The Weird. Some were stories I'd read before, others I just didn't get to. I hunted and pecked around, and this is ultimately a book that'll reward many returns, but I don't need to have read all of it to throw five stars its way. This is exactly what it aims to be, a pretty definitive compendium of a certain subgenre of fiction, and since that's a particular subgenre that's very near-and-dear to my own weird heart, I found this massive tome inspiring, and pr ...more
Liviu Szoke
This is the Holy Bible of the horror anthologies, particularly for the uncanny, weird horror. 110 stories, novellas, novel fragments and even entire novels, from Belgium to Iran, from South America to North America, from England to Bengal and India. Some are great, some are masterpieces, some are classics, some are crap. I fought to finish this mammoth this year, despite its length and complexity, otherwise it would have been a shame to start a book in May and to finish it next year. Recommended ...more
Alice M.
Nov 29, 2012 Alice M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-marks
Every story I've read so far hits that sweet spot in the middle of experimental, magical realist, fantasy, horror, and literary that I love so much.

A brilliant collection.

Casey Hampton
Yes, diversity. Keep this word in mind. This anthology is diverse. It is a wonderful collection of historical and contemporary world wide Weird fiction. Diversity.

If you want to read Weird, a comprehensive guide to the subgenre, this delivers.
If you are expecting story after story to be a 10/10 read, this will disappoint.

This is a map, a wondrous map to the Weird. My advice? Those readerly expectations you now clutch as you weigh the decision to either pick this book up or pass it by,
Jul 08, 2012 Ronald rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weird-fiction
I've resolved that, if I'm interested in a big book, I would get it for my ereader. Such is the case here.

However, I discovered that my ebook version is missing the story "The Colomber" by Dino Buzzati. I informed amazon, and they replied that they are working with the publisher on the problem, and they will not be selling the ebook until the problem is solved.

This book is a collection of weird stories that were published in over the past 100 years , written by authors world-wide. Weird fiction
Jun 06, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
The Weird is one of those anthologies that is a must-own for speculative fiction fans. This isn’t just an anthology, but it’s an incredible historical accounting of how the genre has evolved over time. Plus, I’m not sure where else you can find so many amazing authors and astounding stories packed into one volume. Yes, the book is huge. Yes, the font is small and yes, it will take you a long time to read the whole thing but who cares? The Weird is absolutely astounding and a true must-own for an ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Shaun rated it it was amazing
I'll probably never finish this anthology but the Jean Ray stories alone justify a 5/the price.Contains a number of works I love and a bunch I've been wanting to read (Jean Ray, etc).
Feb 05, 2015 Philipp rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
A huge collection of "weird" stories at about 1200 pages, highly recommended. Some classic horror stories ranging from (to me) absolutely unknown Belgian or Nigerian authors, to well-known "classics" like Borges, Akatagawa, Kafka, and a few modern writers like Miéville, King (of course), Barron, etc.

Some of the stories work well as Twilight Zone, X-Files or Outer Limits episodes, and several have become episodes, but these are usually forgettable (who knew that Outer Limits episode with the scie
Kelly Flanagan
Oct 28, 2013 Kelly Flanagan rated it it was amazing
I have to give this book a 6 out of 5. There is nothing I can say negatively about it except for the weight of 1152 pages even in paperback form. I think the hardcover comes with it's very own Shoggoth to carry it for you!
I loved the fact that the book was even made to evoke some dark atmosphere with the pages double columned just like some older books I have. As well the pages are thin, almost like bible pages. The Vandermeers really went all out to give this book a real Gothic feel to it.
On to
May 26, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! This felt like one of my reading dreams come true---a HUGE book of weird stories. They are arranged chronologically, starting with the late 19th century and going to extremely recently written stories. Although I seek out weird stories whenever I can, I'd only read about 4 of these previously---this collection does a great job of picking great examples of the genre without just relying on what's been done before. There are also stories from all around the world. It seems li ...more
Alisa Hedden
May 02, 2012 Alisa Hedden rated it really liked it
When I first saw the box containing this book, I got excited. Then I opened the box, saw the cover with the Lovecraftian cover and some of the contributors and gave a squee of excitement. Then I read the index. My first response was “I am in love!” This is not just another anthology, with representative samples form 1908-2010 the VanderMeer’s managed to give us a sense of the evolution of the horror/thriller genres. If you read “The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles” by Lord Dunsany, you will be h ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
My husband bought me this in a cool book store in Minneapolis. Let's see how it goes.

I'm reading The Willows by Blackwood right now and it is really good.

"The solitude of that Danube camping-place, can I ever forget it? The feeling of being utterly alone on an empty planet! My thoughts ran incessantly upon cities and the haunts of men. I would have given my soul, as the saying is, for the 'feel' of those Bavarian villages we had passed through by the score; for the normal, human commonplaces; pe
Mike Rogers
Jun 19, 2012 Mike Rogers rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I know the book is called "The Weird", so it is fitting that most of the stories involve the super-natural. There are other stories that relate more to the archaic derivation of the word "Wyrd" involving fate and destiny. But unfortunately it seems that too many of these stories are simply weird - as in "bizarre" and "uncanny". Now I can handle a good dose of the bizarre and uncanny if the story makes sense in any way or if it resolves to the point that I understand the reason for writing the st ...more
I Can't Believe It's Not the Necronomicon

More authors are included in this book then may be listed in this database but all of the first lines of each story are listed here.

One of my favorite stories, by relative-unknown Craig Padawer, is The Meat Garden. Read it here, carefully, as it is fairly representational of the wide range of tones which this tome holds. Then there are seemingly-normal tales of mystery like Margaret Irwin's The Book. Some of the stories are in the public domain but near
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
List of Contents (link) from Vandermeer's website

Very in depth book with over 1109 pages. Each story ~8 pages long 2 columns per page/per side. Very short forward and introduction pages in the front and back.

I highly recommend this book to anybody that like stories about the unusual and strange. With the massive size of around 1192 pages it will keep you reading for days. I have seen varying prices around the web varying from $40-$22. In which this book i
Riju Ganguly
Jan 01, 2014 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it
For the first time I found the Goodreads expression "I'm finished" very apt & accurate, when it came about recording my thoughts regarding this ultra-massive compendium that redefines the concept of anthology. I could not read all the stories, and I consciously abandoned several stories, after I had started reading them, simply because I found them soporific to the extreme. But the book is an essential read for anyone who has ever felt intrigued by stories that ended with more questions than ...more
Seregil of Rhiminee
Apr 19, 2013 Seregil of Rhiminee rated it it was amazing
I read this anthology a while ago and I loved it very much, so I decided to write a short review about it.

In my opinion Ann and Jeff VanderMeer have managed to gather quite a lot of different stories from various authors into this anthology. This anthology is essential reading material for everybody who is a fan of weird fiction, because the stories range from basic weird fiction to Lovecraftian weird fiction, and there are a couple of rare stories, which are difficult to find elsewhere.

I highly
Wow!! So many good authors in this anthology.. Tanith Lee, Mervyn Peake, Bradbury, Borges, Mieville, Clive Barker, Joanna Russ... ^o^

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Mar 26, 2015 Andy rated it it was amazing

"I can't believe I read the WHOLE thing!"

This is a MASSIVE tome, at just less than 800,000 words (that's more than two "The Brothers Karamazov's") and 110 stories, this is the "War and Peace" of horror anthologies. And this is easily one of the best horror anthologies I've ever read. It's both entertaining and informative to see how the "weird tale" has changed over time, it seems to me we are living in the best time for weird fiction in probably half a century.

It's true not everything here is a
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Jeff VanderMeer's most recent fiction is the NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), all released in 2014. The series has been acquired by publishers in 15 other countries and Paramount Pictures/Scott Rudin Productions have acquired the movie rights. His Wonderbook (Abrams Image), the world's first fully illustrated, full-color creative writing guide, won ...more
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