A century of intrepid literary exploration into dark realms has created a body of fiction that transcends all known genre boundaries
They call it the weird
These are its stories
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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 ...more
A huge collection of stories and a variety of authors from all ov ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
After months of reading, I've finally finished this behemoth of a book! Which is not to suggest that it was a slog of read, nor that your experience with it should take so long. The Weird is an anthology, a collection of "weird" stories from past to present. A compendium, one that a reader can pick up, turn to a random page, and sit with for an hour or two.
I, however, wanted to read the whole thing, front to back, in order, because I consider myself a fan of the "weird". From a young ag ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more