Weird Fiction

A “weird tale,” as defined by H.P. Lovecraft in his nonfiction writings and given early sanctuary within the pages of magazines like Weird Tales (est. 1923) is a story that has a supernatural element but does not fall into the category of traditional ghost story or Gothic tale, both popular in the 1800s. As Lovecraft wrote in 1927, the weird tale “has something more than secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains.” Instead, it represents the pursuit of some indefinable and perhaps maddeningly unreachable understanding of the world beyond the mundane—a ‘certain atmosphere of ...more

New Releases Tagged "Weird Fiction"

Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1)
Acceptance (Southern Reach Trilogy, #3)
The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume One
Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)
Acceptance (Southern Reach Trilogy, #3)
Saga, Volume 2
Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy, #2)
The Windup Girl
The City & the City
Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1)
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Among Others
Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence #1)


  • Hearers of the Constant Hum by William Pauley III
    Hearers of the Constant Hum
    Release date: Nov 18, 2014
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    Giveaway dates: Oct 20 - Dec 01, 2014
    5 copies available, 67 people requesting
    Countries available: US
  • Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
    The City & the City
    The Scar (Bas-Lag, #2)
    City of Saints and Madmen (Ambergris, #1)
    Iron Council (Bas-Lag, #3)
    The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
    The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories
    Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1)
    American Gods (American Gods, #1)
    The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
    At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror
    The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre
    King Rat
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    Best Weird Fiction Books
    169 books — 278 voters
    Alien Species Intervention Books 1-3 by J.K. AccinniAmerican Gods by Neil GaimanGood Omens by Terry PratchettThe Stand by Stephen KingThe Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
    Theological Weird Fiction
    204 books — 140 voters

    The Stranger by Albert CamusWake the Wicked by Christian BalogaPerdido Street Station by China MiévilleGrudge Punk by John McNeeMagic America by C.E. Medford
    Outlandish Books
    15 books — 19 voters
    Alien Species Intervention Books 1-3 by J.K. AccinniEcho by J.K. AccinniHive by J.K. AccinniBaby by J.K. AccinniThe One by J.K. Accinni
    Truly Alien Aliens (fiction)
    60 books — 18 voters

    At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. LovecraftThe Fiction by H.P. LovecraftPerdido Street Station by China MiévilleThe House on the Borderland by William Hope HodgsonAncient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories by Algernon Blackwood
    Essential Weird Fiction
    56 books — 50 voters

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    H.P. Lovecraft
    Atmosphere, not action, is the great desideratum of weird fiction. Indeed, all that a wonder story can ever be is a vivid picture of a certain type of human mood. The moment it tries to be anything else it becomes cheap, puerile, and unconvincing. Prime emphasis should be given to subtle suggestion - imperceptible hints and touches of selective associative detail which express shadings of mood and build up a vague illusion of the strange reality of the unreal. Avoid bald catalogues of incredible ...more
    H.P. Lovecraft, Notes On Writing Weird Fiction

    Abraham Merritt
    A vision of the Shining One swirling into our world, a monstrous, glorious flaming pillar of incarnate, eternal Evil--of people passing through its radiant embrace into that hideous, unearthly life-in-death which I had seen enfold the sacrifices--of armies trembling into dancing atoms of diamond dust beneath the green ray's rhythmic death--of cities rushing out into space upon the wings of that other demoniac force which Olaf had watched at work--of a haunted world through which the assassins of ...more
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