The Weird — Strange and Dark Stories

What a whopper! The Weird, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer and subtitled “A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories” weighs in at over 1100 pages (published by Corvus for just £25).

The publicity bumf says: “Over a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of dark and strange stories that transcend all know genre boundaries.” 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 King… 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.

1 Comment on The Weird — Strange and Dark Stories

  1. cathaven // 08/11/2011 at 13:52 //

    One would hope a kindle edition is in the works for those of us who don’t relish the RSI pain in the wrist from holding the thing! 😀

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