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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories Paperback – May 8, 2012
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“What is good about the majority of these stories is precisely that they leave you with many more questions than answers, the mark, in my view, of a superior kind of fiction... It does, in fact, what most of our best fiction does, irrespective of category.” ―Award-winning author Michael Moorcock, from his introduction
“These texts, dead and/or not, burrow, and we cannot predict everything they will infect or eat their path through. But certainly your brain, and they will eat the books you read from today on, too. That is how the Weird recruits.” ―China Miéville, bestselling and award-winning author of Embassytown, from his afterword
“Studded with literary gems, it's a hefty, diligently assembled survey of a genre that manages to be at once unsettling, disorientating and bracing in its variety.” ―James Lovegrove, Financial Times
“It's a tremendous experience to go through its 1,126 pages… there are so many delights in this that any reader will find something truly memorable.” ―Scotland on Sunday
“Readers eager to explore a world beyond the ordinary need look no further.” ―Time Out
“An anthology of writing so powerful it will leave your reality utterly shredded… Give yourself to the weird! Hurl your puny mortal body through the portal the VanderMeers have opened for you, join your lord the Miéville on the other side, give your heart and soul to the saints that stand at his feet, to the mad prophets that have prepared you for his coming. Open the pages of the new gospel of The Weird.” ―Guardian.co.uk
“Unmissable!” ―The Guardian
“The definitive collection of weird fiction… its success lies in its ability to lend coherence to a great number of stories that are so remarkable different and yet share the same theme.” ―TLS
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A "Forweird" by Michael Moorcock gives us a brief history of the weird tale, discusses how it has defied publishers' attempts to categorize it into neatly-bordered genres, and gives examples of writers who are revered by modern readers but whose weird fiction caused them to be marginalized during their lifetimes. Moorcock also attempts to explain why we like weird fiction and relates the affinity for strange tales, at one time or other, to the popularity of psychoanalysis, the development of easily-consumed mass communication, and the desire to rock the literary boat once in a while when genres become staid. Or, Moorcock suggests, perhaps we just occasionally like to be disturbed.
Next, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's introduction begins to define "Weird" by reminding us of H.P. Lovecraft's 1927 definition: "something more than secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains." The VanderMeers suggest that weird stories are dark and make us uneasy, but can at the same time be beautiful. They also discusses the influences of surrealism, Decadent Literature, New Wave and Gothic and then offers a detailed history and evolution of the weird tale with recommended authors and stories (most of which are included in this volume).Read more ›
Although it is hard, I will try to pause my praises for this book and get to the reason you are reading this: How's the Kindle Version hold up and is it worth the $15? The answer is Great! and Yes! I'll elaborate. To give a little background, I have a Kindle Fire but from what I understand the book will look the same on a regular Kindle or IPad or whatever format you tend to read your e-books on.
First, the Amazon "Click to Look Inside" function does NOT do the Kindle version justice.Read more ›
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Impressive collection-I am only halfway through this huge compendium, but this is because of the fact that I'm savoring this book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Wm skrips
I bought this book for a class and at first I was very reserved about it ad tried my best to fin each individual story online. I couldn't and I finally gave in an bought it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Francisco
When I read disturbing stories I generally prefer the "cosmic horror" genre where the author creates tension using atmosphere and/or the idea of something horribly inhuman... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joel E. Mitchell
Incredible collection of short stories that walk the reader through the history of "Weird" fiction through an international selection of authors. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Little Nemo
This is a great compilation of short stories for anyone who is interested in exploring weird literature. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Delta Alboro Savanza III
This is an enthralling and vital collection of "weird" stories. It should appeal to anyone who likes literate horror/sf. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marc S. Walter
For the most part, the stories are very well-chosen. I'm familiar with about a third of these tales from other collections. Read morePublished 6 months ago by TLR