Weirdfictionreview.com’s 101 Weird Writers: #3 – Julio Cortázar: Examining the Strange Transformation of "Axolotl"

This post is part of an ongoing series on 101 weird writers featured in The Weird compendium, the anthology that serves as the inspiration for this site. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Weirdfictionreview.com will feature a different writer. There is no ranking system; the order is determined by the schedule of posts. Julio Cortázar (1914 — 1984) was an Argentine writer […]

101 Weird Writers #25 — Bruno Schulz: The Fragile Reality of "Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass"

This post is part of an ongoing series on 101 weird writers featured in The Weird compendium, the anthology that serves as the inspiration for this site. There is no ranking system; the order is determined by the schedule of posts. Bruno Schulz (1892 — 1942) was a Polish writer of stories that share some affinity with the work of Alfred Kubin, […]

Weirdfictionreview.com’s 101 Weird Writers: #8 – Mercè Rodoreda: The Weirdness and Estrangement in "The Salamander"

This post is part of an ongoing series on 101 weird writers featured in The Weird compendium, the anthology that serves as the inspiration for this site. There is no ranking system; the order is determined by the schedule of posts. Mercè Rodoreda (1908 — 1983) was an important postwar Catalan writer whose novel La plaça del diamant (translated […]

Weirdfictionreview.com’s 101 Weird Writers: #6 – Brian Evenson: Strange Salvation in "The Brotherhood of Mutilation"

This post is part of an ongoing series on 101 weird writers featured in The Weird compendium, the anthology that serves as the inspiration for this site. There is no ranking system; the order is determined by the schedule of posts. Brian Evenson (1966 — ) is an influential American writer of hard to classify dark fiction that often […]

Caught In A Moment: The Poetry of Eric Basso: "Basso’s poetry lies at the heart of his weird fictions."

Click here for a complete selection of Eric Basso’s books. For the past several weeks, I have struggled to write about Eric Basso’s poetry.  At first, I thought it would be a simple affair, comparing the imagery found within his six collections to his prose and drama output, noting how he carefully constructs elaborate narratives with just a few well-chosen […]

Weirdfictionreview.com’s 101 Weird Writers: #5 – Eric Basso: The Dissolving World of "The Beak Doctor"

This post is part of an ongoing series on 101 weird writers featured in The Weird compendium, the anthology that serves as the inspiration for this site. There is no ranking system; the order is determined by the schedule of posts. Eric Basso (1947 — ) is an American poet, novelist, playwright, and critic, born in Baltimore, Maryland. “The […]

Weirdfictionreview.com’s 101 Weird Writers: #2 – Augusto Monterroso: A Journey Into the Weird World of "Mister Taylor"

This is part of an ongoing series on 101 weird writers featured in The Weird compendium, the anthology that serves as the inspiration for this site. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Weirdfictionreview.com will feature a different writer. There is no ranking system; the order is determined by the schedule of posts. Augusto Monterroso (1921 — 2003) was a Guatemalan writer known for […]

Anatomy of a Translation: “The Bloat Toad”

Note: This short essay contains spoilers. You can read “The Bloat Toad” here. “Bloat Toad or Escuerzo?”  This question predicates the translation choices made in translating anew Leopoldo Lugones’ 1906 short story about a legendary vindictive amphibian that stalked those who had done injury to it.  An earlier translation used the descriptive “bloat toad” throughout the […]