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Weirdbook 31 by Doug Draa, Gary A. Braunbeck, Darrell Schweitzer, Paul Dale Anderson Anderson

Weirdbook returns after a nearly 20-year hiatus under the editorship of Douglas Draa! Here are great fantasy and horror tales by current and upcoming masters of the genre...

Chivaine, by John R. Fultz
Give Me the Daggers, by Adrian Cole
The Music of Bleak Entrainment, by Gary A. Braunbeck
Into The Mountains with Mother Old Growth, by Christian Riley
The Grimlorn Under the Mountain, by James Aquilone
Dolls, by Paul Dale Anderson
Gut Punch, by Jason A. Wyckoff
Educational Upgrade, by Bret McCormick
Boxes of Dead Children, by Darrell Schweitzer
The Forgotten, by D.C. Lozar
Coffee with Dad’s Ghost, Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Missed It By That Much, by Gregg Chamberlain
A Clockwork Muse, by Erica Ruppert
The Rookery, by Kurt Newton
Wolf of Hunger, Wolf of Shame, by J. T. Glover
Zucchini Season, by Janet Harriett
The Jewels That Were Their Eyes, by Llanwyre Laish
The Twins, by Kevin Strange
Princess or Warrior?, by S.W. Lauden

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479407354
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 09/14/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 211
Sales rank: 394,253
File size: 1 MB

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Weirdbook 31 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SELindberg More than 1 year ago
'Weird' is resurrected, and seeks your identity: eirdbook Magazine aims to deliver a menu of genres: “fantasy, dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, ghost, horror, heroic fantasy, science fantasy or just plain odd” (quote from their submission requests online). This is fitting because “Weird Fiction” grew out of the pulp magazine era (~1920’s) when the above list was all mashed into one genre. In 1967 W. Paul Ganley edited Weirdbook magazine, its compelling run ceased in 1997 (Back issues available via Ganley’s ebay store). A century from its origins, Weird Fiction still has followers, but its identity is split across myriad markets/venues; in 2015, editor Doug Draa partnered with John Betancourt of Wildside Press to reboot the magazine. Cover and Themes: Weirdbook 31 contains 19 short stories ( ~10 are traditional length, ~9 are very short/flash fiction) and 8 poems. Many associate Weird Fiction with “Mythos/Lovecraft Horror”; expect some influence, but the net was cast wider. The vast majority of the 19 stories are modern-day ghost/horror stories; less represented are ones with sci-fi elements--which had ~3 entries, and the Sword-n-Sorcery/Fantasy-Myth type--numbering ~2. This mix was unexpected because the Front cover by artist Dusan Kostic appeals to Dark Fantasy readers. The cover arguably leads nicely into the opening story by John R. Fultz, which is one of my favorites of the collection. The back cover by Stephen Fabian was originally planned to be the front cover. If there is a predominant theme across these disparate stories, it is “Finding Personal Identity.” Greater than half of the stories deal with possession, haunts, or missions around the protagonists defining/dealing-with “who they are.” I enjoyed finding that theme but it was not clearly designed. I would have enjoyed the collection even more if there was an explicit sub-theme. With all that could be ‘Weird Fiction,” having a theme per issue would help readers know when they should delve in. My personal favorites include: Fultz’s ghostly myth Chivaine, the two wilderness adventures from Riley and Aquilone (Into the Mountains with Mother Old Growth and The Grimlorn Under the Mountain), Schweitzer’s ghost story Boxes of Dead Children, and Laish’s plight of a raven The Jewels That Were Their Eyes. Short-fiction wise, Harriett’s Zucchini Season and Gregg Chamberlain’s Missed It By That Much both made me laugh aloud. On the poetry front, the one that most affected me as Bride of Death by Dave Reeder. In all, Weirdbook is solidly reborn with #31; looking forward to see how #32 shapes up.