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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
Synopses & Reviews
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 its practitioners include 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 wont find any elves or wizards here...but you will find the biggest, boldest, and downright most peculiar stories from the last hundred years bound together in the biggest Weird collection ever assembled.
The Weird features 110 stories by an all-star cast, from literary legends to international bestsellers to Booker Prize winners: including William Gibson, George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, Angela Carter, Kelly Link, Franz Kafka, China Miéville, Clive Barker, Haruki Murakami, M. R. James, Neil Gaiman, Mervyn Peake, and Michael Chabon.
The Weird is the winner of the 2012 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology
"Ambitious in the extreme, the Vandermeers' latest genre-blurring endeavor (after Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded), which compiles 110 weird stories from the past century, is one of the most far-reaching and inclusive speculative anthologies to ever see print. Alongside familiar names — from Lovecraft and Kafka to Link and Kiernan — the Vandermeers unveil a menagerie of obscure authors and impressive stories from around the world. These short works and novel excerpts explore every definition of weird, including Borges's surreality ('The Aleph'), Shirley Jackson's slow descent into darkness ('The Summer People'), Octavia E. Butler's subtly horrific SF ('Bloodchild'), and Michael Chabon's ornate unease ('The God of Dark Laughter'). This standard-setting compilation is a deeply affectionate and respectful history of speculative fiction's blurry edges, and its stunning diversity, excellent quality, and extremely reasonable price point (even more so for the .99 trade paperback and .99 e-book) will entice a wide variety of readers — including those who think they don't like 'weird.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Weird is a landmark leviathan-sized anthology of fiction's wilder, stranger, darker shores, featuring an all-star cast of authors, from literary legends to international bestsellers to Booker prize winners: 110 stories spanning a century and including authors such as William Gibson, George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, Angela Carter, Kelly Link, Franz Kafka, China Miéville, Clive Barker, Haruki Murakami, M. R. James, Neil Gaiman, Mervyn Peake, and Michael Chabon.
About the Author
Ann VanderMeer is the Hugo Award-winning editor of Weird Tales magazine and has worked with her husband, Hugo nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning writer Jeff VanderMeer on the genre-defining anthologies The New Weird, Steampunk, and The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. They live in Tallahassee, Florida.
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