Dystopic Nordic Weird: Review of “Amatka” by Karin Tidbeck

Weird fiction is increasingly international even as it returns to traditional themes and concerns. It was not so long ago that Finnish fiction from authors such as Leena Krohn, Johanna Sinisalo, and Jyrki Vainonen became prominent in English-language discussions of the weird. WorldCon 75 is being held this August in Helsinki. There exists a palpable sense […]

Review: “You Will Grow Into Them” by Malcolm Devlin

Maybe I’m susceptible to some lurking horrors more than others, but Malcolm Devlin’s first short story collection, You Will Grow Into Them, gave me the creeps before I even opened the front cover. Is the gritty, textured skin so prominently foregrounded being pulled off — or is it put on, the way one would a glove? Why is the […]

Interview: A Conversation with Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor’s work spans genres, moods, and worlds. Okorafor has received many accolades: in 2011 her novel Who Fears Death won the World Fantasy Award, and in 2016, her novella Binti won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards. Binti’s sequel, Binti: Home, has just been published by Tor.com. While this is the first time we have had the […]

101 Weird Writers #41 — Hagiwara Sakutarō: Hagiwara Sakutarō’s “Cat Town”: Seeing Things in Prose and Poetry

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. Hagiwara Sakutarō (1886 – 1942) was a Japanese writer known primarily as one of the foremost poets […]

101 Weird Writers #38 — Leonora Carrington: “Seeing Rabbits and Falling Fingers”

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. Leonora Carrington (1912 — 2011) was a British-born Mexican surrealist painter. In addition to being an artist, she also wrote several […]

101 Weird Writers #36 — Saki: What the Weird Knows: Conradin’s Secret Arts

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. Hector Hugh Munro, better known by his nom de plume Saki, was a British writer known […]

Four Stories: “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel García Márquez

This article is part of our series about the four stories not included in The Weird. See the Four Stories introduction for more information. – The Editors “The world had been sad since Tuesday.” Reading the stories of Gabriel García Márquez reveals that we have been incomplete all this time. A delirious current of imagination and critique […]

101 Weird Writers #34 — Amos Tutuola: “A Nightmare of Indescribable Adventures”: Style and "The Complete Gentleman"

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. Amos Tutuola (1920 — 1997) was a largely self-taught Nigerian writer who became internationally praised for books based in part on Yoruba […]

101 Weird Writers #28 — Gahan Wilson: Hearts Like Oysters in "The Sea Was Wet As Wet Could Be"

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. Gahan Wilson (1930 — ) is an iconic American writer and cartoonist who has received the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement […]