SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH FANTASY AWARDS
A landmark, eclectic, leviathan-sized anthology of fiction's wilder, stranger, darker shores.
The Weird features an all star cast of authors, from classics to international bestsellers to prize winners:
George R.R. Martin
Daphne Du Maurier
Exotic and esoteric, The Weird plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities; You will find the boldest and downright most peculiar stories from the last hundred years bound together in the biggest Weird collection ever assembled.
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 trade paperback and e-book) will entice a wide variety of readers including those who think they don't like "weird."