101 Weird Writers #35 — Robert Aickman: May Bury You (On Robert Aickman’s "The Hospice")

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. Robert Aickman (1914 – 1981) was an English writer of what he called “strange stories”; he wrote over thirty of […]

That Awful Dissonance: An Interview with Clint Smith

Ghouljaw & Other Stories is one of the finest debut collections I’ve had the pleasure to read this year, every bit as impressive as Jason A. Wyckoff’s Black Horse (2012) and Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters (2013), sharing with these works a breadth of originality that makes it required reading for both readers and writers of Weird Fiction. There is a deep literary and […]

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 starts 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 […]

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 […]

Four Stories: “The Preserving Machine” by Philip K. Dick

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 narrative of Philip K. Dick’s “The Preserving Machine” is conventional in structure, straightforward even, and deceptively so for a work of what is ultimately high quality weird science fiction. […]

The Expanding Borders of Area X: Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach in the Context of a Weird Renaissance

As a reader, as a writer, I have no question that The Weird exists, both as a mode of expression and an external experience. Nor do I question that we are in the midst of a genuine Weird Renaissance, right this very now. Look not to me to define the parameters of either – I find it right that those boundaries remain vague. […]

The Southern Reach Trilogy and the Question of Fiction

It is impossible, in my eyes, to read Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy without thinking of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. It is not so much because of the similar tropes – the exploration team, the perception problems, the deep hole, etc. – but because of a deeper, darker link, which only becomes obvious once both books are finished: […]