This week on Weirdfictionreview.com, we’re featuring the work of American writer Will Ludwigsen. His newest collection of short fiction, In Search Of and Others, is forthcoming in March of this year from Lethe Press and has already gathered strong critical praise from sources such as Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
The story we’ve reprinted on the site this week from In Search Of, “Remembrance is Something Like a House,” in an apt demonstration of Ludwigsen’s knack for strange situations and concepts drawn to life with clever, realistic detail. It is a story of an abandoned house that attempts to trek across the United States to reach the last survivors of the family that previously lived in it. Suffice it to say the house is a more than capable protagonist, with its own demons to exorcise. In this manner, “House” creates a sense of the weird and strange that is at the same time deeply personal, exploring character as much as it does an increasingly strange and sad mystery. Readers should be sure to check out our interview with Ludwigsen as well, where he gives us generous insight into his creative process and his views on weird fiction, among other things.
We also have the latest installment of 101 Weird Writers, courtesy of regular contributor Desirina Boskovich, devoted to Caitlín R. Kiernan. Using Kiernan’s short story from The Weird, “A Redress for Andromeda,” as a focal point for her reading and analysis, Boskovich has conducted an in-depth examination of the power and imagination of Kiernan’s writing and detected within it a certain unique quality:
…despite the staying power of these stories, there’s something slippery about them, too; as much as they hold onto you, it can be impossible to get a hold on them.
We’ve got more great material still to come in the weeks ahead here at WFR.com, including features devoted to the Fungi anthology from Innsmouth Free Press and fiction from Michael Cisco, in addition to articles and essays from our stellar regular columnists and contributors.