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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    One-of-a-kind

    This is a rare bird: an anthology as historic -- bringing together writers old and new, from around the world, together in a really unique compendium of "The Weird" as a fictional style -- as it is enjoyable to dive into. These aren't (mostly) ghost stories, or outright tales of the supernatural or fantasy, or Twilight-Zone-esque stories-with-a-macabre-twist, or horror fiction. Or, rather, there's some of each of those elements in nearly all of these tales. I especially found this a bargain as an ebook, since there's so much here that reading it straight through wouldn't work, so having it to return to whenever I'm in the mood is perfect.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Highly Recommended.

    A 1000+ page compendium of wierd fiction, much of it not overly-anthologized before.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    When I first saw the box containing this book, I got excited. T

    When I first saw the box containing this book, I got excited. Then I opened the box, saw the cover with the Lovecraftian cover and some of the contributors and gave a squee of excitement. Then I read the index. My first response was “I am in love!” This is not just another anthology, with representative samples form 1908-2010 the VanderMeer’s managed to give us a sense of the evolution of the horror/thriller genres. If you read “The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles” by Lord Dunsany, you will be happy to know that there is another tale dealing with the Gnoles. You will also be pleasantly surprised by the translated stories, too. A worldwide tour de force of the wonderfully weird with translated tales from as far afield as Germany, Russia, Iran and China not just limited to the English speaking world as most of these collections tend towards, also refusing to limit themselves to the usual vampire, werewolf, zombie and sex stories. While these genres are enjoyable I their own right, it is nice to see a collection not limited to the themes that have permeated the horror/thriller section of the book stores. With contributions from the premier authorities of the eerie tale such as Saki, Lovecraft, Bradbury, Campbell, Ellison, King, Gaiman and many more, the VanderMeer’s do their best to find new stories and new authors that you may not have been introduced to before and it is well worth the time to meet the group. If you loved the delightful creepiness of The Twilight Zone, the weirdness of Fringe and wish to expand your collection and enjoyment with something that manages to stay pretty strong throughout and different from the normal, run of the mill stories, then you will definitely want to add this to your collection. I did receive this book to do a review (but still loved it!)

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