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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark…

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011)

by Ann VanderMeer (Editor), Jeff VanderMeer (Editor)

Other authors: Daniel Abraham (Contributor), Robert Aickman (Contributor), Michal Ajvaz (Contributor), H. F. Arnold (Contributor), Clive Barker (Contributor)105 more, Laird Barron (Contributor), Eric Basso (Contributor), Charles Beaumont (Contributor), Michel Bernanos (Contributor), Olympe Bhêly-Quénum (Contributor), K Bishop, J. (Contributor), Jerome Bixby (Contributor), Algernon Blackwood (Contributor), Robert Bloch (Contributor), Jorge Luis Borges (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), Poppy Z. Brite (Contributor), Octavia E. Butler (Contributor), Dino Buzzati (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Leonora Carrington (Contributor), Angela Carter (Contributor), Michael Chabon (Contributor), Stepan Chapman (Contributor), Michael Cisco (Contributor), Julio Cortázar (Contributor), F. Marion Crawford (Contributor), Daphne du Maurier (Contributor), Steve Duffy (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Dennis Etchison (Contributor), Brian Evenson (Contributor), Hanns Heinz Ewers (Contributor), Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), Karen Joy Fowler (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), William Gibson (Contributor), Stefan Grabinski (Contributor), Elizabeth Hand (Contributor), M. John Harrison (Contributor), Georg Heym (Contributor), Margaret Irwin (Contributor), Shirley Jackson (Contributor), M. R. James (Contributor), Robert Barbour Johnson (Contributor), Stephen Graham Jones (Contributor), Franz Kafka (Contributor), Caitlín R. Kiernan (Contributor), Garry Kilworth (Contributor), Jamaica Kincaid (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), Kathe Koja (Contributor), Leena Krohn (Contributor), Alfred Kubin (Contributor), Marc Laidlaw (Contributor), Margo Lanagan (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), Bob Leman (Contributor), Thomas Ligotti (Contributor), Kelly Link (Contributor), Lord Dunsany (Contributor), H. P. Lovecraft (Contributor), George R. R. Martin (Contributor), A. Merritt (Contributor), Gustav Meyrink (Contributor), China Miéville (Afterword), China Miéville (Contributor), Premendra Mitra (Contributor), Augusto Monterroso (Contributor), Michael Moorcock (Foreword), Micaela Morrissette (Contributor), Haruki Murakami (Contributor), Reza Negarestani (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Ben Okri (Contributor), Craig Padawer (Contributor), Mervyn Peake (Contributor), Jean Ray (Contributor), Mercè Rodoreda (Contributor), Joanna Russ (Contributor), Saki (Contributor), Hagiwara Sakutarō (Contributor), Mark Samuels (Contributor), William Sansom (Contributor), Bruno Schulz (Contributor), Claude Seignolle (Contributor), Michael Shea (Contributor), Lucius Shepard (Contributor), John Shirley (Contributor), Martin Simpson (Contributor), Clark Ashton Smith (Contributor), William Browning Spencer (Contributor), Margaret St. Clair (Contributor), Francis Stevens (Contributor), Rabindranath Tagore (Contributor), James Tiptree, Jr. (Contributor), Lisa Tuttle (Contributor), Amos Tutuola (Contributor), Luigi Ugolini (Contributor), Steven Utley (Contributor), Ann VanderMeer (Introduction), Jeff VanderMeer (Introduction), Jeff VanderMeer (Contributor), Hugh Walpole (Contributor), Liz Williams (Contributor), F. Paul Wilson (Contributor), Gahan Wilson (Contributor), Donald A. Wollheim (Contributor), T. M. Wright (Contributor)

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Have read just a few of the stories in this very thick anthology. So far I've liked some of the stories, but this is the kind of book to read in bits ... mainly b/c it's a bit cumbersome to hold and carry around! And I'm reading other books now, so I'll get back to this one here and there...
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

I haven??t actually read every page of The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, yet Iƒ??m giving it my highest recommendation. Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Master and Mistress of Weird, The Weird is 1126 pages long and should really be considered a textbook of weird fiction. It contains 110 carefully chosen stories spanning more than 100 years of weird fiction. Hereƒ??s what you can expect to find in this massive volume:

A ƒ??Forweirdƒ? by Michael Moorcock gives us a brief history of the weird tale, discusses how it has defied publishersƒ?? 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 VanderMeerƒ??s introduction begins to define ƒ??Weirdƒ? by reminding us of H.P. Lovecraftƒ??s 1927 definition: ƒ??something more than secret murder, bloody bones, or a sheeted form clanking chains.ƒ? 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).

Then come the stories ƒ?? 110 of them arranged chronologically starting with stories from 1907 and 1908 from Alfred Kubin, F. Marion Crawford, and Algernon Blackwood and ending in 2010 with a story by K.J. Bishop. In between are stories by men and women from all over the world including Lord Dunsany, Abraham Merritt, Franz Kafka, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Fritz Leiber, Ray Bradbury, Jorge Luis Borges, Shirley Jackson, Robert Bloch, Mervyn Peake, Daphne du Maurier, James Triptree Jr., George R.R. Martin, M. John Harrison, Octavia Butler, Clive Barker, Lucius Shepard, Harlan Ellison, Elizabeth Hand, Poppy Z. Brite, Haruki Murakami, Lisa Tuttle, Stephen King, Angela Carter, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Michael Chabon, China Mi??ville, Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Ford, Jeff VanderMeer, Daniel Abraham, Margo Lanagan, Laird Barron, Liz Williams, and so many more... Each story is introduced with a paragraph explaining the authorƒ??s credentials, awards, and influence in the field.

Last comes an ƒ??Afterweirdƒ? by China Mi??ville which is just weird enough to deserve a place in this anthology. Mi??ville, not surprisingly, discusses the etymology of the word ƒ??WEIRDƒ? and, as he recaps some of the unsettling things weƒ??ve encountered in this compendium, wonders how useful etymology is when defining something as ƒ??weird.ƒ? Instead, he suggests that weird is personal, state-dependent, and ƒ??We know it when we feel it.ƒ? Lastly, Mi??ville proposes that ƒ??weirdƒ? is contagious, infecting your brain and the stories you read from now on.

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories is not meant to be read front to back all at once, but is rather more like a manual or primer in the scholarly field of Weird Fiction. I read many of the stories (most of them were stories I had not previously read) and familiarized myself with a few authors Iƒ??d never heard of before. I look forward to reading all of these weird tales eventually and Iƒ??m glad to have this text on my shelf. The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories deserves a place on every speculative fiction loverƒ??s bookshelf.

Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
This anthological masterpiece should at least be given six stars. ( )
  mbvinstrup | Oct 14, 2013 |
This book is a wonderful assortment of horror, fantasy, quirky and downright bizarre tales all neatly wrapped up in a bow of weirdness. It's also the probably the best anthology that I've come across years, nay, ever.

This gigantic, titan of a book has tales dating back from the nineteenth century to the present day. There are some classic tales in here such as 'The Willows' by Blackwood, 'The Dunwich Horror' by Lovecraft, the sublime 'Don't Look Now by Du Maurier and 'It's a Good Life' by Bixby which was adapted in the classic series of the Twilight Zone.

The book's real selling points, however, are its collection of lesser known works by well known authors, and more importantly, tales which have been completely forgotten ,or simply never reached enough audiences.

There are far too many individual stories to mention, but the majority of these tales certainly struck a chord with me and I'll certainly be look out for some of the authors at a later date.

Of course, there are a few clangers in here, but given the sheer size of the book they are barely worth mentioning.

Highly recommended. ( )
  polkadotshark | Apr 5, 2013 |
This book is a wonderful assortment of horror, fantasy, quirky and downright bizarre tales all neatly wrapped up in a bow of weirdness. It's also the probably the best anthology that I've come across years, nay, ever.

This gigantic, titan of a book has tales dating back from the nineteenth century to the present day. There are some classic tales in here such as 'The Willows' by Blackwood, 'The Dunwich Horror' by Lovecraft, the sublime 'Don't Look Now by Du Maurier and 'It's a Good Life' by Bixby which was adapted in the classic series of the Twilight Zone.

The book's real selling points, however, are its collection of lesser known works by well known authors, and more importantly, tales which have been completely forgotten ,or simply never reached enough audiences.

There are far too many individual stories to mention, but the majority of these tales certainly struck a chord with me and I'll certainly be look out for some of the authors at a later date.

Of course, there are a few clangers in here, but given the sheer size of the book they are barely worth mentioning.

Highly recommended. ( )
  polkadotshark | Apr 1, 2013 |
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The Ocean And All Its Devices [short story] by William Browning Spencer

The Willows by Algernon Blackwood

In The Hills, The Cities by Clive Barker

Bloodchild {novelette} by Octavia E. Butler

The Screaming Skull by F. Marion Crawford

Sredni Vashtar [short story] by Saki

Casting The Runes by M. R. James

How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art Upon The Gnoles by Lord Dunsany

The Man In The Bottle [short story] by Gustav Meyrink

The Dissection by Georg Heym

The Spider {novella} by Hanns Heinz Ewers

The Vegetable Man by Luigi Ugolini

The People of the Pit {story} by A. Merritt

Hell Screen [Individual Short Story] by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Unseen—Unfeared (short story) by Francis Stevens

In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka

The Night Wire by H. F. Arnold

The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft

The Mainz Psalter by Jean Ray

The Book by Margaret Irwin

The Shadowy Street by Jean Ray

Genius Loci [short story] by Clark Ashton Smith

The Town of Cats (Short story) by Hagiwara Sakutar

The Tarn by Hugh Walpole

Sanatorium At The Sign Of The Hourglass by Bruno Schulz

Far Below by Robert Barbour Johnson

Smoke Ghost [short story] by Fritz Leiber

White Rabbits by Leonora Carrington

Mimic by Donald A. Wollheim

The Crowd by Ray Bradbury

The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges

The Immortal by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Dead Man by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Theologians by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Story Of The Warrior And The Captive by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Life Of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz (1829-1874) by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Emma Zunz by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The House Of Asterion by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Other Death by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Deutsches Requiem by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Averroes' Search by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

De Zahir by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The God's Script by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

Ibn Hakkan Al-Bokhari, Dead In His Labyrinth by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths (The Aleph) by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Waiting by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

The Man On The Threshold by Jorge Luis Borges (indirect)

A Child In The Bush Of Ghosts by Olympe Bhêly-Quénum

The Summer People by Shirley Jackson

The Man Who Sold Rope To The Gnoles by Margaret St. Clair

The Hungry House by Robert Bloch

Mister Taylor by Augusto Monterroso

The Complete Gentleman by Amos Tutuola

It's A Good Life by Jerome Bixby

Axolotl by Julio Cortázar

A Woman Seldom Found by William Sansom

The Howling Man (Short story) by Charles Beaumont

Same Time, Same Place by Mervyn Peake

Le K by Dino Buzzati

The Salamander by Mercè Rodoreda

The Ghoulbird by Claude Seignolle

The Sea Was Wet As Wet Could Be by Gahan Wilson

The Hospice by Robert Aickman

It Only Comes Out At Night by Dennis Etchison

The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Awful Things to Rats by James Tiptree Jr.

Sandkings [novelette] by George R. R. Martin

Window by Bob Leman

The Brood by Ramsey Campbell

The Autopsy by Michael Shea

The Belonging Kind by William Gibson

Egnaro {story} by M. John Harrison

The Little Dirty Girl by Joanna Russ

The New Rays by M. John Harrison

The Discovery Of Telenapota by Premendra Mitra

Soft by F. Paul Wilson

Hogfoot Right and Bird-Hands (short story) by Garry Kilworth

Shades by Lucius Shepard

The Function Of Dream Sleep by Harlan Ellison

Worlds That Flourish by Ben Okri

The Boy on the Tree by Elizabeth Hand

Family by Joyce Carol Oates

His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood [short story] by Poppy Z. Brite

The End Of The Garden by Michal Ajvaz

The Dark by Karen Joy Fowler

Angels in Love (short story) by Kathe Koja

The Iceman (short story) by Haruki Murakami

Replacements by Lisa Tuttle

The Diane Arbus Suicide Portfolio by Marc Laidlaw

The Country Doctor by Steven Utley

The Delicate by Jeffrey Ford

Last Rites And Resurrections by Martin Simpson

The Snow Pavilion by Angela Carter

The Meat Garden by Craig Padawer

The Stiff And The Stile by Stepan Chapman

Yellow And Red by Tanith Lee

The Specialist's Hat by Kelly Link

A Redress For Andromeda by Caitlin R. Kiernan

The God Of Dark Laughter by Michael Chabon

Details by China Miéville

The Genius Of Assassins by Michael Cisco

The Cage by Jeff VanderMeer

The Beautiful Gelreesh by Jeffrey Ford

The Town Manager by Thomas Ligotti

The Brotherhood of Mutilation by Brian Evenson

Singing My Sister Down [short story] by Margo Lanagan

The People on the Island (short story) by T. M. Wright

The Forest by Laird Barron

The Hide by Liz Williams

The Dust Enforcer by Reza Negarestani

The Familiars by Micaela Morrissette

In The Lion's Den by Steve Duffy

Little Lambs by Stephen Graham Jones

Saving The Gleeful Horse by K. J. Bishop

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A 'weird tale,' as defined by H.P. Lovecraft in his nonfiction writings and given early sanctuary within the pages of magazines like Weird Tales (est 1923) is a story that has a supernatural element but does not fall into the category of traditional ghost story or Gothic tale, both popular in the 1800s.
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A landmark, eclectic, leviathan-sized anthology of fiction's wilder, stranger, darker shores. From Lovecraft to Borges to Gaiman, a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of dark and strange stories that transcend all known genre boundaries. Together these stories form The Weird and amongst its practitioners number some of the greatest names in twentieth and twenty-first century literature.

Exotic and esoteric, The Weird plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities; you won't find any elves or wizards here... but you will find the boldest and downright most peculiar stories from the last hundred years bound together in the biggest Weird collection ever assembled.

The Weird features an all star cast of authors, from classics to international bestsellers to Booker prize winners. Here are Ben Okri and George R.R. Martin, Angela Carter and Kelly Link, Franz Kafka and China Miéville, Clive Barker and Haruki Murakami, M.R. James and Neil Gaiman, Mervyn Peake and Michael Chabon, Stephen King and Daphne Du Maurier.
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From the old weird to the new weird to the plain weird, a leviathan compendium of dark fantasies and strange stories.

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