The Weird

The Weird : A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories

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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 Mieville, 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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  • Paperback | 1152 pages
  • Corvus
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848876874
  • 9781848876873
  • 59,609

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THE WEIRD has been compiled by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Ann is the Hugo Award-winning editor of Weird Tales magazine (founded 1923) and has worked with her husband Jeff on the World Fantasy Award-winning Leviathan series of anthologies as well as on the genre-defining anthologies The New Weird and Steampunk. Jeff's novel Finch (Corvus 2010) is currently shortlisted for the Hugo and Locus awards.

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If you want something to stand out in your shelf, buy this book. More than 100 stories, one better than the last. To those that like the weird, the supernatural, the paranormal - you�´ll be amazed. The book looks like it�´s one of those long lost tomes of old - black hard cover with detailed dust jacket - it has style and content. A gem of these days, more
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Foreward by Michael Moorcock Alfred Kubin, "The Other Side" (excerpt), 1908 (translation, Austria) F. Marion Crawford, "The Screaming Skull," 1908 Algernon Blackwood, "The Willows," 1907 Saki, "Sredni Vashtar," 1910 M.R. James, "Casting the Runes," 1911 Lord Dunsany, "How Nuth Would Have Practiced his Art," 1912 Gustav Meyrink, "The Man in the Bottle," 1912 (translation, Austria) Georg Heym, "The Dissection," 1913 (new translation by Gio Clairval, Germany) Hanns Heinz Ewers, "The Spider," 1915 (translation, Germany) Rabindranath Tagore, "The Hungry Stones," 1916 (India) Luigi Ugolini, "The Vegetable Man," 1917 (new translation by Anna and Brendan Connell, Italy; first-ever translation into English) A. Merritt, "The People of the Pit," 1918 Ryunosuke Akutagawa, "The Hell Screen," 1918 (new translation, Japan) Francis Stevens (Gertrude Barrows Bennett), "Unseen-Unfeared," 1919 Franz Kafka, "In the Penal Colony," 1919 (translation, German/Czech) Stefan Grabinski, "The White Weyrak," 1921 (translation, Poland) H.F. Arnold, "The Night Wire," 1926 H.P. Lovecraft, "The Dunwich Horror," 1929 Margaret Irwin, "The Book," 1930 Jean Ray, "The Mainz Psalter," 1930 (translation, Belgium) Jean Ray, "The Shadowy Street," 1931 (translation, Belgium) Clark Ashton Smith, "Genius Loci," 1933 Hagiwara Sakutoro, "The Town of Cats," 1935 (translation, Japan) Hugh Walpole, "The Tarn," 1936 Bruno Schulz, "Sanatorium at the Sign of the Hourglass," 1937 (translation, Poland) Robert Barbour Johnson, "Far Below," 1939 Fritz Leiber, "Smoke Ghost," 1941 Leonora Carrington, "White Rabbits," 1941 Donald Wollheim, "Mimic," 1942 Ray Bradbury, "The Crowd," 1943 William Sansom, "The Long Sheet," 1944 Jorge Luis Borges, "The Aleph," 1945 (translation, Argentina) Olympe Bhely-Quenum, "A Child in the Bush of Ghosts," 1949 (Benin) Shirley Jackson, "The Summer People," 1950 Margaret St. Clair, "The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles," 1951 Robert Bloch, "The Hungry House," 1951 Augusto Monterroso, "Mister Taylor," 1952 (new translation by Larry Nolen, Guatemala) Amos Tutuola, "The Complete Gentleman," 1952 (Nigeria) Jerome Bixby, "It's a Good Life," 1953 Julio Cortazar, "Axolotl," 1956 (new translation by Gio Clairval, Argentina) William Sansom, "A Woman Seldom Found," 1956 Charles Beaumont, "The Howling Man," 1959 Mervyn Peake, "Same Time, Same Place," 1963 Dino Buzzati, "The Colomber," 1966 (new translation by Gio Clairval, Italy) Michel Bernanos, "The Other Side of the Mountain," 1967 (new translation by Gio Clairval, France) Merce Rodoreda, "The Salamander," 1967 (translation, Catalan) Claude Seignolle, "The Ghoulbird," 1967 (new translation by Gio Clairval, France) Gahan Wilson, "The Sea Was Wet As Wet Could Be," 1967 Daphne Du Maurier, "Don't Look Now," 1971 Robert Aickman, "The Hospice," 1975 Dennis Etchison, "It Only Comes Out at Night," 1976 James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Sheldon), "The Psychologist Who Wouldn't Do Terrible Things to Rats," 1976 Eric Basso, "The Beak Doctor," 1977 Jamaica Kincaid, "Mother," 1978 (Antigua and Barbuda/US) George R.R. Martin, "Sandkings," 1979 Bob Leman, "Window," 1980 Ramsey Campbell, "The Brood," 1980 Michael Shea, "The Autopsy," 1980 William Gibson/John Shirley, "The Belonging Kind," 1981 M. John Harrison, "Egnaro," 1981 Joanna Russ, "The Little Dirty Girl," 1982 M. John Harrison, "The New Rays," 1982 Premendra Mitra, "The Discovery of Telenapota," 1984 (translation, India) F. Paul Wilson, "Soft," 1984 Octavia Butler, "Bloodchild," 1984 Clive Barker, "In the Hills, the Cities," 1984 Leena Krohn, "Tainaron," 1985 (translation, Finland) Garry Kilworth, "Hogfoot Right and Bird-hands," 1987 Lucius Shepard, "Shades," 1987 Harlan Ellison, "The Function of Dream Sleep," 1988 Ben Okri, "Worlds That Flourish," 1988 (Nigeria) Elizabeth Hand, "The Boy in the Tree," 1989 Joyce Carol Oates, "Family," 1989 Poppy Z Brite, "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood," 1990 Michal Ajvaz, "The End of the Garden," 1991 (translation, Czech) Karen Joy Fowler, "The Dark," 1991 Kathe Koja, "Angels in Love," 1991 Haruki Murakami, "The Ice Man," 1991 (translation, Japan) Lisa Tuttle, "Replacements," 1992 Marc Laidlaw, "The Diane Arbus Suicide Portfolio," 1993 Steven Utley, "The Country Doctor," 1993 William Browning Spenser, "The Ocean and All Its Devices," 1994 Jeffrey Ford, "The Delicate," 1994 Martin Simpson, "Last Rites and Resurrections," 1994 Stephen King, "The Man in the Black Suit," 1994 Angela Carter, "The Snow Pavilion," 1995 Craig Padawer, "The Meat Garden," 1996 Stepan Chapman, "The Stiff and the Stile," 1997 Tanith Lee, "Yellow and Red," 1998 Kelly Link, "The Specialist's Hat," 1998 Caitlin R. Kiernan, "A Redress for Andromeda," 2000 Michael Chabon, "The God of Dark Laughter," 2001 China Mieville, "Details," 2002 Michael Cisco, "The Genius of Assassins," 2002 Neil Gaiman, "Feeders and Eaters," 2002 Jeff VanderMeer, "The Cage," 2002 Jeffrey Ford, "The Beautiful Gelreesh," 2003 Thomas Ligotti, "The Town Manager," 2003 Brian Evenson, "The Brotherhood of Mutilation," 2003 Mark Samuels, "The White Hands," 2003 Daniel Abraham, "Flat Diana," 2004 Margo Lanagan, "Singing My Sister Down," 2005 (Australia) T.M. Wright, "The People on the Island," 2005 Laird Barron, "The Forest," 2007 Liz Williams, "The Hide," 2007 Reza Negarestani, "The Dust Enforcer," 2008 (Iran) Micaela Morrissette, "The Familiars," 2009 Steve Duffy, "In the Lion's Den," 2009 Stephen Graham Jones, "Little Lambs," 2009 K.J. Bishop, "Saving the Gleeful Horse," 2010 (Australia) Afterward by China Mi�©villeshow more
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