The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories


By (author) Ann Vandermeer, By (author) Jeff Vandermeer, Foreword by Michael Moorcock

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 1126 pages
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 232mm x 56mm | 1,238g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0765333627
  • ISBN 13: 9780765333629
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 139,305

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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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Author information

"THE WEIRD "was compiled and edited by Hugo Award-winner Ann VanderMeer and World Fantasy Award-winner Jeff VanderMeer. They have recently co-edited such anthologies as "Best American Fantasy; Best American Fantasy 2"; "Steampunk"; "Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded"; "The New Weird"; "Last Drink Bird Head"; "Fast Ships, Black Sails"; and "The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities." They are the co-authors of "The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals: The Evil Monkey Dialogues." Jeff's latest books include "Finch," a World Fantasy and Nebula Award-finalist; the short story collection "The Third Bear"; the non-fiction collection "Monstrous Creatures"; the coffee table book "The Steampunk Bible "(co-authored with S. J. Chambers); and the writing guide "Booklife." Ann is the editor-in-chief of "Weird Tales "magazine, the oldest fantasy magazine in the world, and is a regular contributor to the popular science fiction and fantasy web-site "io9." Together, they have been profiled by National Public Radio and online at WIRED. com and the "New York Times's Arts Beat "blog. Both active teachers, they have taught at the Clarion and Odyssey writing workshops and the teen summer camp Shared Worlds, where Jeff serves as the assistant director. They live in Tallahassee, Florida, with too many books and four cats.

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Praise for THE WEIRD: "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 Mieville, 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 Mieville 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." --"""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"""