The Visible Filth” by Nathan Ballingrud: A look at Nathan Ballingrud's new novella

It is believed that the response of disgust has evolved in animals such as humans in order to prevent them from eating food which may be harmful. Disgust is mainly triggered by the sense of taste although it may also be triggered by smell, touch, or – of course – vision. It’s this last sense which Nathan Ballingrud appeals to in his […]

End of the Year Booklist (2014 Edition): What Are Your Favorites?

As you probably know already, this year, 2014, has been an amazing year for weird fiction — or as Scott Nicolay puts it succinctly in his article about the Weird, “we are in the middle of a Weird Renaissance.” This year, we saw weird fiction pervade everything from television to the New York Times. We saw some excellent titles from […]

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. We had a chance […]

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 Zagava/Ex […]

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 into […]

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 in with […]

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 overlook […]

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 with […]

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 […]