BOOK REVIEW: The Weird

The biggest collection of weird tales ever published is out now and it is one hell of read.

The first thing you notice about this book is the size of it. It is a huge book but one that you cannot wait to just jump in and start reading. The Editors Ann and Jeff Vandermeer have collected over a hundred years of weird tales by over a hundred authors that are well known and also some you might not have heard of. This is truly a labour of love by the Vandermeers and I hope this inspires others to publish other works that are like this a mesmerizing read.

The list covers authors from all over the world with some of best weird tales carefully selected and placed together in this dark and wonderful collection. The authors include H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, China Mieville, Clive Barker and a whole host of others.

Some of these stories will keep you up at night and some will leave you looking behind you when you walk. This truly is a great collection of stories for any fan of the genre but also any fan of excellent writing.

All the stories are in chronological publishing order starting with Alfred Kubin’s excellent  The Other Side (1908)    and ending 106 stories later with K.J. Bishop’s Saving the Gleeful Horse (2010). It would be hard to select a favourite as they are all there for various reasons.

In fact reading The Weird is such an emotional ride that one person Leah Thomas has started a Blog about it with a web comic to visualise it. Check it out here

“Reading the Weird” is an ongoing exploration of The Weird: A Compendium of Strange & Dark Stories conducted by Leah Thomas. The webcomic follows the journey of Mary and Ed through ever stranger landscapes and encounters, seemingly influenced by the stories in the anthology.

The book includes a ForeWeird by Michael Moorcock and a AfterWeird by China Mieville which adds another level of class to this book. So take a deep breath and find a dark room and then start to read, if you survive then congratulations on surviving The Weird.

Also do not forget to enter our competition to win a copy of The Weird HERE.

Edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer
RRP: £25.00
ISBN: 9781848876873
Pages: 1152

GS Rating 5/5
GS Reporter: Montoya
SOURCE: The Weird, Corvus Books

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