The Weird Tradition

Discussion focuses on the unique group of writers who created horror and dark fantasy fiction for Weird Tales, Unknown, Astounding, and other pulp magazines. Included are such leading lights as Robert E. Howard, Manly Wade Wellman, Fritz Leiber, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and Frank Belknap Long.

The Weird Tradition also hosts THE DEEP ONES reading group, which discusses a short story beginning on Wednesday each week. You can find the Spring 2022 reading schedule here. A listing of all discussions to date can be found here.

We delve into such topics as Lovecraft in the cinema, artists of the weird and macabre, related magazines of the fantastic, contemporary horror writers who have utilized weird themes, and, of course, the original "Old Ones", including Poe, Machen, Blackwood and Dunsany.

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Pinned — THE DEEP ONES: "Roaring Tower" by Stella Gibbons8 unread / 8housefulofpaper, Yesterday 1:01pm
Pinned — Welcome to the Weird!62 unread / 62KentonSem, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Black Bargain" by Robert Bloch2 unread / 2housefulofpaper, Yesterday 1:11pm
THE DEEP ONES: "The Oath of Hul Jok" by Nictzin Dyalhis8 unread / 8RandyStafford, May 14
THE DEEP ONES: "Herbert West - Reanimator" by H. P. Lovecraft14 unread / 14AndreasJ, May 13
“The Oath”?2 unread / 2KentonSem, May 10
Cocteau Goes Lovecraftian4 unread / 4elenchus, May 9
THE DEEP ONES: "The Doom That Came to Sarnath" by H. P. Lovecraft5 unread / 5elenchus, May 2
THE DEEP ONES: "The Red Bungalow" by Bithia Mary Croker8 unread / 8AndreasJ, May 2
THE DEEP ONES: "After Moreau" by Jeffrey Ford7 unread / 7elenchus, April 28
Deep Ones Advance Nomination Brainstorming Thread199 unread / 199housefulofpaper, April 26
THE DEEP ONES: "The Friends of the Friends" by Henry James5 unread / 5KentonSem, April 15
THE DEEP ONES: "The Mines of Falun" by E. T. A. Hoffmann10 unread / 10elenchus, April 12
The Call of Cthulhu for beginning readers5 unread / 5paradoxosalpha, April 11
Small Press - Weird Volumes129 unread / 129elenchus, April 7
THE DEEP ONES: "Clockatrice" by Tanith Lee12 unread / 12AndreasJ, April 5
Sword & Planet141 unread / 141JalenV, April 5
THE DEEP ONES: "Augusta Prima" by Karin Tidbeck23 unread / 23elenchus, April 1
THE DEEP ONES: "The Cage" by Jeff VanderMeer4 unread / 4RandyStafford, March 21
THE DEEP ONES: Spring 2022 Discussion Schedule6 unread / 6AndreasJ, March 21
THE DEEP ONES: "The Man Who Went Too Far" by E. F. Benson24 unread / 24housefulofpaper, March 20
THE DEEP ONES: Spring 2022 Planning Thread19 unread / 19paradoxosalpha, March 20
THE DEEP ONES: "The End of the Garden" by Michal Ajvaz4 unread / 4RandyStafford, March 14
THE DEEP ONES: "The Enemy" by Isaac Bashevis Singer4 unread / 4housefulofpaper, March 8
THE DEEP ONES: "A View from a Hill" by M. R. James8 unread / 8housefulofpaper, March 7
THE DEEP ONES: "Green Tea" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu14 unread / 14Crypto-Willobie, March 1
THE DEEP ONES: "The Planet of the Dead" by Clark Ashton Smith7 unread / 7RandyStafford, February 28
THE DEEP ONES: "The Grey God Passes" by Robert E. Howard3 unread / 3paradoxosalpha, February 23
The Laundry Files by Charles Stross63 unread / 63KentonSem, February 22
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched12 unread / 12LolaWalser, February 19
THE DEEP ONES: "Lorelei of the Red Mist" by Leigh Brackett and Ray Bradbury6 unread / 6paradoxosalpha, February 17
THE DEEP ONES: "The Hospice" by Robert Aickman34 unread / 34Crypto-Willobie, February 3
THE DEEP ONES: "When the Green Star Waned" by Nictzin Dyalhis19 unread / 19elenchus, January 31
THE DEEP ONES: "Dionea" by Vernon Lee5 unread / 5AndreasJ, January 23
THE DEEP ONES: "The Crab Spider" by Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian9 unread / 9RandyStafford, January 16
THE DEEP ONES: "Where the Summer Ends" by Karl Edward Wagner13 unread / 13housefulofpaper, January 11
THE DEEP ONES: "The Spectre Bridegroom" by Washington Irving6 unread / 6elenchus, January 8
THE DEEP ONES: "The Correspondence of Cameron Thaddeus Nash" by Ramsey Campbell7 unread / 7paradoxosalpha, January 8
THE DEEP ONES: "The Story of a Panic" by E. M. Forster22 unread / 22elenchus, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Horror on the #33" by Michael Shea9 unread / 9paradoxosalpha, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Monsters in the Night" by Clark Ashton Smith7 unread / 7AndreasJ, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "In the Witch's Tent" by Fritz Leiber7 unread / 7housefulofpaper, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The New Rays" by M. John Harrison5 unread / 5housefulofpaper, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Home is the Hunter" by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore7 unread / 7housefulofpaper, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Book" by Margaret Irwin18 unread / 18housefulofpaper, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: Winter 2022 Discussion Schedule7 unread / 7paradoxosalpha, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: Winter 2022 Planning Thread24 unread / 24paradoxosalpha, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Mezzotint" by M.R. James55 unread / 55pgmcc, December 2021
William S. Burroughs and the Dead-End Horror of the Centipede God4 unread / 4paradoxosalpha, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "A Touch of Pan" by Algernon Blackwood21 unread / 21elenchus, December 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Music on the Hill" by Saki14 unread / 14alaudacorax, November 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai" by Roger Zelazny17 unread / 17RandyStafford, November 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains" by Frederick Marryat13 unread / 13housefulofpaper, November 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Smoke Ghost" by Fritz Leiber16 unread / 16AndreasJ, November 2021
News of the Weird170 unread / 170AndreasJ, October 2021
M. R. James10 unread / 10KentonSem, October 2021
The Deep Ones: "Origin Story" by T. Kingfisher17 unread / 17AndreasJ, October 2021
Crowdsourced LT List: Scary Stories6 unread / 6AbigailAdams26, October 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Rebecka" by Karin Tidbeck13 unread / 13AndreasJ, September 2021
THE DEEP ONES: Autumn 2021 Discussion Schedule15 unread / 15AndreasJ, September 2021
THE DEEP ONES: Autumn 2021 Planning Thread29 unread / 29paradoxosalpha, September 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Feeders and Eaters" by Neil Gaiman11 unread / 11AndreasJ, September 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Lost Sorceress of the Silent Citadel" by Michael Moorcock20 unread / 20AndreasJ, September 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Challenge from Beyond" by Moore, Merritt, Lovecraft, Howard and Long26 unread / 26AndreasJ, September 2021
Lovecraft Country (TV)6 unread / 6WeeTurtle, September 2021
Manly Wade Wellman30 unread / 30KentonSem, September 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Replacements" by Lisa Tuttle15 unread / 15elenchus, September 2021
Sword & Sorcery43 unread / 43paradoxosalpha, August 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Children of the Kingdom" by T. E. D. Klein18 unread / 18AndreasJ, August 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Gorgon" by Tanith Lee7 unread / 7housefulofpaper, August 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "With and Without Buttons" by Mary Butts21 unread / 21paradoxosalpha, August 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Richmond, Late September, 1849" by Fritz Leiber5 unread / 5RandyStafford, August 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Moon-Bog" by H.P. Lovecraft12 unread / 12WeeTurtle, August 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Events at Poroth Farm" by T.E.D. Klein32 unread / 32housefulofpaper, August 2021
Arthur Machen19 unread / 19WeeTurtle, August 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "A Night in Malnéant" by Clark Ashton Smith9 unread / 9elenchus, July 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Out of the Storm" by William Hope Hodgson13 unread / 13elenchus, July 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Brood of Bubastis" by Robert Bloch8 unread / 8AndreasJ, July 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Wedding-Knell" by Nathaniel Hawthorne7 unread / 7RandyStafford, July 2021
Reading Kane by Karl Edward Wagner4 unread / 4paradoxosalpha, July 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Tempting Providence" by Jonathan Thomas9 unread / 9housefulofpaper, July 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "It Only Comes Out at Night" by Dennis Etchison10 unread / 10housefulofpaper, July 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "A Garden of Blackred Roses" by Charles L. Grant10 unread / 10housefulofpaper, June 2021
THE DEEP ONES: Summer 2021 Discussion Schedule5 unread / 5RandyStafford, June 2021
Fritz Leiber25 unread / 25KentonSem, June 2021
THE DEEP ONES: Summer 2021 Planning Thread24 unread / 24paradoxosalpha, June 2021
Conan!193 unread / 193prosfilaes, June 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Kecksies" by Marjorie Bowen5 unread / 5housefulofpaper, June 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Black Tome of Alsophocus" by H.P. Lovecraft and Martin S. Warnes4 unread / 4elenchus, June 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Sea Was Wet as Wet Can Be" by Gahan Wilson14 unread / 14RandyStafford, June 2021
interesting anthologies63 unread / 63paradoxosalpha, June 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Feather Pillow" by Horacio Quiroga9 unread / 9WeeTurtle, June 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Black Stone Statue" by Mary Elizabeth Counselman12 unread / 12housefulofpaper, June 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Gods of Bal-Sagoth" by Robert E. Howard13 unread / 13alaudacorax, May 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Hounds of Tindalos" by Frank Belknap Long27 unread / 27KentonSem, May 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Houses Under the Sea" by Caitlin R. Kiernan37 unread / 37elenchus, May 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Happy Children" by Arthur Machen6 unread / 6elenchus, May 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "The Dead Kid" by Darrell Schweitzer8 unread / 8elenchus, April 2021
THE DEEP ONES: "Let Loose" by Mary Cholmondeley12 unread / 12elenchus, April 2021
John Pelan Winter Booklist3 unread / 3KentonSem, April 2021
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