Interview with Nicholas Rombes: "I write what I would love to read"

In the mid-’90s, a rare-film librarian at a state university in Pennsylvania mysteriously burns his entire stockpile of film canisters and disappears. So begins the novel The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing by Nicholas Rombes. In his novel, Rombes explores the intertwining of life and cinema through a interview with a highly acclaimed but eccentric film librarian, Roberto Acestes Laing. […]

D.P. Watt and the Surreal: “I see fiction as an environment of exploration and experiment”

This year has been a fantastic year for D.P. Watt. First, his short story collection, An Emporium of Automata, was reprinted by Eibonvale Press; we printed one of the stories from this collection, “Erbach’s Emporium of Automata”. Also, Watt has a new collection this year from Egaeus Press called The Phantasmagorical Imperative and Other Fabrications and Watt’s fiction was collected in the […]

J.K. Potter Mutates the Story

The art of J.K. Potter has graced the covers and interiors of many weird fiction authors, including Tim Powers, Lucius Shepard, Ramsey Campbell, and Clive Barker.  His vibrant colors, thoughtful juxtapositions, and sense of the surreal and bizarre are unique in the way they interact with a story’s subject matter.  By thoughtfully layering multiple elements […]

The Weird World of Area X: Jeff VanderMeer on the Southern Reach trilogy

This week FSG Originals is releasing a hardcover omnibus that includes all three entries in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy. To coincide with its release on November 18th, we decided to run a series of articles this week that relate to the Southern Reach. Today, we’re asking Jeff VanderMeer about his trilogy, how it fits […]

Written in Darkness: Interview with Mark Samuels: Mark Samuels on his new collection

It’s really interesting to see the weird fiction coming out from the other side of the Atlantic. The British Isles have been producing some of the most fascinating weird fiction of the past decade due in part to authors like Reggie Oliver, Rhys Hughes, and publishers like Tartarus and Swan River. Of course, it’d be a great disservice to […]

Four Stories: An Introduction

Did you know that there are four stories mentioned in the introduction for The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories that the VanderMeers wanted to include but weren’t able to due to copyright permissions? They are Philip K. Dick’s “The Preserving Machine,” J. G. Ballard’s “The Drowned Giant,” Gabriel García Márquez’s “A Very Old Man […]

Remembering Aickman at the World Fantasy Convention

This year’s World Fantasy Convention in November should be especially appealing to fans of the Weird. First of all, the 2014 convention will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of weird fiction author Robert Aickman’s birth in 1914. At the WFC, there will be four panels dedicated to Aickman: Ghost Stories Without Ghosts, Ringing the Changes: Robert Aickman, Gender Issues and Sexuality in […]

Shadows & Tall Trees: Is this the end for one of the few weird fiction periodicals?

Michael Kelly, editor and author, started Undertow Publications in 2009 with an anthology called Apparitions, but it was Shadows & Tall Trees, the publication that came out later that same year, for which Kelly is perhaps best known. Named after a chapter from Lord of the Flies, Shadows & Tall Trees is an annual series dedicated to publishing original weird, macabre, strange, […]