Popular Weird Fiction Books

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The Drug and Other Stories The Drug and Other Stories (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.36 — 287 ratings — published 2010
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The Inverted World The Inverted World (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.85 — 5,773 ratings — published 1974
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The Drowning Girl The Drowning Girl (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.78 — 5,327 ratings — published 2012
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Guerillas Volume 2 Guerillas Volume 2 (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.24 — 52 ratings — published 2012
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Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks Locke & Key, Vol. 5: Clockworks (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.52 — 13,222 ratings — published 2011
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Green Wake Volume 2: Lost Children Green Wake Volume 2: Lost Children (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.74 — 86 ratings — published 2012
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The Ultimate Collection The Ultimate Collection (Kindle Edition)
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avg rating 4.47 — 144 ratings — published 2012
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Galápagos Galápagos (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.87 — 59,678 ratings — published 1985
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I Am a Cat I Am a Cat (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.74 — 10,127 ratings — published 1905
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The Tangled Muse The Tangled Muse (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.94 — 52 ratings — published 2010
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In Concert In Concert (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.12 — 30 ratings — published 2010
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Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.13 — 754 ratings — published 2011
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Splendors and Glooms Splendors and Glooms (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.82 — 11,283 ratings — published 2012
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Embassytown Embassytown (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.83 — 25,477 ratings — published 2011
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Emphyrio Emphyrio (Mass Market Paperback)
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avg rating 3.86 — 2,362 ratings — published 1969
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The Languages of Pao The Languages of Pao (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.79 — 949 ratings — published 1957
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Tales of the Dying Earth Tales of the Dying Earth (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.18 — 5,202 ratings — published 1998
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Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, #2) Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, #2)
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avg rating 4.04 — 6,330 ratings — published 2012
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Aegypt (The Aegypt Cycle, #1) Aegypt (The Aegypt Cycle, #1)
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avg rating 3.91 — 2,312 ratings — published 1987
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The Fire Worm The Fire Worm
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avg rating 2.76 — 26 ratings — published 1988
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Herovit's World Herovit's World (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.68 — 122 ratings — published 1973
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The Broken Sword The Broken Sword (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.88 — 4,752 ratings — published 1954
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Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.23 — 7,816 ratings — published 1969
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The Colour Out of Space The Colour Out of Space (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.22 — 3,000 ratings — published 1927
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Cthulhurotica Cthulhurotica (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.32 — 1,493 ratings — published 2011
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Collected Ghost Stories Collected Ghost Stories (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.22 — 9,205 ratings — published 1931
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The Complete Short Stories The Complete Short Stories (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.26 — 2,067 ratings — published 1971
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Vimanarama Vimanarama (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.30 — 770 ratings — published 2005
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The Filth The Filth (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.80 — 4,070 ratings — published 2004
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H.P. Lovecraft
“While my chosen form of story-writing is obviously a special and perhaps a narrow one, it is none the less a persistent and permanent type of expression, as old as literature itself. There will always be a certain small percentage of persons who feel a burning curiosity about unknown outer space, and a burning desire to escape from the prison-house of the known and the real into those enchanted lands of incredible adventure and infinite possibilities which dreams open up to us, and which things like deep woods, fantastic urban towers, and flaming sunsets momentarily suggest.”
H.P. Lovecraft, Notes On Writing Weird Fiction

Ashim Shanker
“Sound waves, regardless of their frequency or intensity, can only be detected by the Mole Fly’s acute sense of smell—it is a little known fact that the Mole Fly’s auditory receptors do not, in fact, have a corresponding center in the brain designated for the purposes of processing sensory stimuli and so, these stimuli, instead of being siphoned out as noise, bypass the filters to be translated, oddly enough, by the part of the brain that processes smell. Consequently, the Mole Fly’s brain, in its inevitable confusion, understands sound as an aroma, rendering the boundary line between the auditory and olfactory sense indistinguishable.

Sounds, thus, come in a variety of scents with an intensity proportional to its frequency. Sounds of shorter wavelength, for example, are particularly pungent. What results is a species of creature that cannot conceptualize the possibility that sound and smell are separate entities, despite its ability to discriminate between the exactitudes of pitch, timbre, tone, scent, and flavor to an alarming degree of precision. Yet, despite this ability to hyper-analyze, they lack the cognitive skill to laterally link successions of either sound or smell into a meaningful context, resulting in the equivalent of a data overflow.
And this may be the most defining element of the Mole Fly’s behavior: a blatant disregard for the context of perception, in favor of analyzing those remote and diminutive properties that distinguish one element from another. While sensory continuity seems logical to their visual perception, as things are subject to change from moment-to-moment, such is not the case with their olfactory sense, as delays in sensing new smells are granted a degree of normality by the brain. Thus, the Mole Fly’s olfactory-auditory complex seems to be deprived of the sensory continuity otherwise afforded in the auditory senses of other species. And so, instead of sensing aromas and sounds continuously over a period of time—for example, instead of sensing them 24-30 times per second, as would be the case with their visual perception—they tend to process changes in sound and smell much more slowly, thereby preventing them from effectively plotting the variations thereof into an array or any kind of meaningful framework that would allow the information provided by their olfactory and auditory stimuli to be lasting in their usefulness.

The Mole flies, themselves, being the structurally-obsessed and compulsive creatures that they are, in all their habitual collecting, organizing, and re-organizing of found objects into mammoth installations of optimal functional value, are remarkably easy to control, especially as they are given to a rather false and arbitrary sense of hierarchy, ascribing positions—that are otherwise trivial, yet necessarily mundane if only to obscure their true purpose—with an unfathomable amount of honor, to the logical extreme that the few chosen to serve in their most esteemed ranks are imbued with a kind of obligatory arrogance that begins in the pupal stages and extends indefinitely, as they are further nurtured well into adulthood by a society that infuses its heroes of middle management with an immeasurable sense of importance—a kind of celebrity status recognized by the masses as a living embodiment of their ideals. And yet, despite this culture of celebrity worship and vicarious living, all whims and impulses fall subservient, dropping humbly to the knees—yes, Mole Flies do, in fact, have knees!—before the grace of the merciful Queen, who is, in actuality, just a puppet dictator installed by the Melic papacy, using an old recycled Damsel fly-fishing lure. The dummy is crude, but convincing, as the Mole flies treat it as they would their true-born queen.”
Ashim Shanker, Don't Forget to Breathe

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