The publicity bumf says: â€œOver a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of dark and strange stories that transcend all know genre boundaries.â€ Did it? Does this book? Judging by its contents, it certainly comes up to the mark. There are over a hundred stories in this thick volume, by the likes of Algernon Blackwood, M R James, Franz Kafka, H P Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Fritz Leiber, Ray Bradbury, Mervyn Peake, George R R Martin, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Tuttle, Stephen Kingâ€¦ The list goes on and on.
Topping and tailing this book are a Foreweird (!) by Michael Moorcock and an Afterweird (!) by China Mieville. Silly spellings beside, this is a tasty meal for lovers of the dark, strange and weird.