Khalida Asghar’s “The Wagon” and Fiction in Urdu

Today we are pleased to bring you Khalida Asghar’s “The Wagon,” originally published in Urdu in 1963 and translated into English by Muhammad Umar Memon. Although the story has appeared in printed textbooks and anthologies before, it has not previously appeared online. The tale can entertain several interpretations, from the uncanny to the more science-fictional […]

Celebrating Alfred Kubin’s 1908 Novel “The Other Side”

This week on Weirdfictionreview.com, we’re revisiting our coverage of Alfred Kubin, and his masterpiece The Other Side (1908), about a strange city and the dream-like events that occur there. I talked more about my enthusiasm for this novel on NPR’s To The Best of Our Knowledge this past weekend. The Dedalus edition of The Other Side was […]

101 Weird Writers Preview: Alfred Kubin: The Tortured Triumph of "The Other Side"

Starting in January, Weirdfictionreview.com will begin its “101 Weird Writers” series, based on the contents of The Weird compendium. This piece on Kubin, whose “The Other Side” is excerpted at the beginning of The Weird, is a prologue to that series. Tomorrow, WFR will post another piece on Kubin by Paul Charles Smith. — Jeff VanderMeer (The city of Pearl, […]

Annihilation Gallery

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A selection of images from the publishers and others illustrating various aspects of the Southern Reach novels. You can find more information and images at the FSG page and at the very creepy Fourth Estate page for the book – where you can even sign up for an expedition.    

Annihilation: Visionary, Surreal, and Satisfying Cover Art: Finding Ways to Showcase the Weird for Readers

Annihilation, the first novel of my Southern Reach series, debuts next week in the U.S., Canada, and Hungary, with the UK edition out in late February and another dozen foreign-language editions to follow — including the Spanish and Hungarian editions showcased below. In Annihilation, the mysterious Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for […]

Amos Tutuola: An Interview with Yinka Tutuola: "All his novels are written demonstrations of his sense of humor..."

Amos Tutuola (1920 — 1997) was a largely self-taught Nigerian writer who became internationally praised for books based in part on Yoruba folktales, especially the phantasmagorical classic The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952). Welsh poet Dylan Thomas called the novel “thronged, grisly and bewitching,” bringing it even more attention.  From the perspective of weird fiction aficionados the book is as amazing an […]

The Weird Wins the World Fantasy Award

As many of you may know by now, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, has won the World Fantasy Award for best anthology. By the time it got to our category, I must admit I was wrung out and fairly incapable of saying anything coherent, so Ann made the acceptance speech (which will be posted […]