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: […]

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 […]

Weird France and Belgium: A Best Of

Yet, I also began to have the sense, fostered in part by the cross-contamination of research, that around the world enclaves that never knew one another — writers who could not have read each other — still had communicated across decades and across vast distances, had stared up at the same shared unfamiliar constellations in the night sky, heard the […]

Mike Allen’s Unsettling Collection “Unseaming”

The following interview originally appeared on Jeff VanderMeer’s blog. – The Editors Mike Allen first made a real splash with his unique Clockwork Phoenix series, which he edited in addition to Mythic Delirium. But he’s an interesting and unsettling writer of dark, weird fiction as well, with a first collection out that’s beginning to get some buzz. […]

The Weird Novel

As we’ve mentioned before, the short story is by far the most popular form of weird but that doesn’t mean that novels are completely nonexistent in weird fiction. In fact, despite the overwhelming majority of shorter works, there are a number of extremely well written novels that fit the weird fiction label. Moreover, thanks to authors like China Miéville, there […]

Women of the Weird

Some of you may be familiar with my Women to Read: Where to Start series over at SF Signal. Basically, I point out women whose work you should be reading, and recommend a starting place for their work. I was delighted when Weird Fiction Review invited me to contribute a special edition of my column to their site, focusing […]