The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories

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Edited by Ann Vandermeer, Edited by Jeff Vandermeer, Foreword by Michael Moorcock

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Hardback | 1126 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 236mm x 58mm | 1,406g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0765333600
  • ISBN 13: 9780765333605
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 302,486

Product description

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 won't 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 Mieville, 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

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"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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"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 ""The Steampunk Bible "is an informed, informative and beautifully illustrated survey of the subject." "--The Financial Times"