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Weirdbook 31

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Weirdbook returns after a nearly 20-year hiatus under the editorship of Douglas Draa! Here are great fantasy and horror tales by current and upcoming masters of the genre...

Chivaine, by John R. Fultz
The City in the Sands, by Ann K. Schwader
Give Me the Daggers, by Adrian Cole
NecRomance, by Frederick J. Mayer
The Music of Bleak Entrainment, by Gary A. Braunbeck
Walpurgis Eve,
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published September 14th 2015 by Wildside Press
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The Grim Reader
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am not familiar with the original Weirdbook but it seems though it has returned from the wilderness to bring the masses some more weird fiction. What we have is a little bit of everything. The book starts off strongly with the bloody fantasy short 'Chavaine' which I really enjoyed, then a much different and weirder story in 'Give me the Daggers' which was also excellent. A couple of plodders that didn't really float my boat before things started picking up again. The book really finishes on a ...more
L.F. Falconer
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This resurrection issue of Weirdbook Magazine certainly allows the publication to live up to its name. The wickedly delightful mix of its contents ensures there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Though the stories and poems were all well done, two of my personal favorites were "The Forgotten," by D.C. Lozar, and "Zucchini Season," by Janet Harriet. The pages are filled with talent, both established and emerging, and this is a great bang-for-your-buck investment! ...more
S.E. Lindberg
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Weird' is resurrected, and seeks your identity, Weirdbook Magazine aims to deliver a menu of genres: “fantasy, dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, ghost, horror, heroic fantasy, science fantasy or just plain odd” (quote from their submission requests online). This is fitting because “Weird Fiction” grew out of the pulp magazine era (~1920’s) when the above list was all mashed into one genre. In 1967 W. Paul Ganley edited Weirdbook magazine, its compelling run ceased in 1997 (Back issues available ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fine collection of stories & poems, mostly shading more into the dark fantasy/horror side of the spectrum.
Riju Ganguly
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Weird' means a lot of things. This ambitious reboot of the concept of Weirdbook tries to cover a significant number of those variations within its slim shape.
Did it succeed? Quantitatively, yes. Qualitatively, not entirely, but...
Let me go one-by-one.
After the brief but interesting introductions penned by Editor, we come across lots of stuff. They include eight (8) poems, of which I am no judge. I can only explain how I felt about the fictional pieces.
1. John R. Fultz's "Chivaine": Nice,
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Weirdbook 31 was my intro to all of the various authors. Some of them really stick with you.. whereas a few were just weird. :)

I particularly really liked the Give me the Daggers, by Adrian Cole. It reminded me a great deal of some of Stephen King's earlier works where the character can exist in two different "planes of existence".

The Music of Bleak Entrapment, by Gary A. Braunbeck was just off the wall.. padded wall that is! I can easily see this story being turned into a horror movie that wo
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Weirdbook 31 magazine by Wildside Publishing is a revival of the magazine from 1997. I am not familiar with the original Weirdbook, so I have nothing to compare it to. An anthology series is only as good as the authors involved. Strong contributions are: ‘Chivaine,’ by John R. Fultz, ‘NecRomance’ by Fredrick J. Mayer, ‘The Jewels That Were Their Eyes,’ by Llanwyre Laish. Fun contributions are ‘Missed It By That Much,’ by Gregg Chamberlain, ‘Zucchini Season,’ by Janet Harriett and ‘Sonnets of an ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a deliciously dark collection of fantasy and horror stories that are truly unsettling, plus some phantasmagorical poetry and wonderful artwork! This is especially good reading during the Halloween season, so you really should order a copy now!
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Very interesting new issue of an old weird/fantasy magazine.

There are some good stories here.

I liked more the long ones than the others but still it`s an entertaining issue.
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
If you like a pulpy, put-it-all-out-there and revel in it vibe, this is a great selection. I love the commitment to variety in this magazine. I never knew what I was going to encounter next and it adds an extra bit of excitement to the read. There were enough hits that I could deal with the pieces that didn't do much for me. It's one of the beautiful things about the weird, really. There's so many flavors of it--and Weirdbook puts out quite a buffet.

Here are my favorites. "Chivaine" by John R.
Pete Wilson
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Creepy and fun-to-read short stories! Most of these stories were very well written.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I didn’t enjoy the poetry in this volume there’s an abundance of engaging prose pieces here that made it hard to put the volume aside: Fulz’s, ‘Chivaine’; Cole’s, ‘Give Me the Daggers’; Braunbeck’s, ‘The Music of Bleak Entertainment’; Salmonson’s ‘Coffee with Dad’s Ghost’. I could throw in a couple more, and in fact a few more than that: but this is indicative more of the satisfying thematic, stylistic, and tonal variety to be found in this collection than of stories that hit a sweet spot. ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Totally satisfying--worth the read. The editor (Doug) did a fantastic job with this classic resurrection. As promised, there was a dose of just about everything under the speculative umbrella, and every piece kept my interest. Looking forward to the next issue!
Jeremy Hayes
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not have been more happy for the return of a well-developed book full of wonderfully weird tales that I can hold in my hand.
Doug Draa
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What can i say. i edited it. :-)
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