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 […]

Interview: Santiago Caruso: Exploring the weird art of Santiago Caruso

While you may not recognize his name, chances are if you’ve read weird fiction, you’ve seen his artwork. Argentine visual artist Santiago Caruso fuses a unique combination of everything from surrealism to the fantastique into his art. He’s created countless covers for weird fiction books for everything from Tartarus Press to the recently released Year’s Best Weird […]

Of Tutus and Tortures: Thoughts on the Decadent and the Weird

Though the lines connecting Decadent and Weird fiction are many, resembling something of a tangled web whose only certain common ancestor is the Gothic novel, one of the primary concerns of both these traditions within fiction is a preoccupation with limits — the limits of bodily experience, the limits of the world’s possibilities, the limits of the physically possible. […]

Interview: Year’s Best Weird Fiction: Interview with editors Michael Kelly and Laird Barron

Weird fiction finally has a best-of series. For the inaugural release this year of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume One, Weird Fiction Review decided to talk with series editor Michael Kelly and guest editor Laird Barron about their work. Year’s Best Weird Fiction will be a yearly publication from Undertow Publications (an imprint of ChiZine Publications) featuring the best weird fiction short stories of the […]

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 […]

The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume One: A look at the first entry in weird fiction's newest series

The short story is by far the most popular form of weird fiction — after all, when an idea or situation becomes familiar, it ceases to be weird. Thus, we find the landscape of strange literature littered with short story after short story — some good, others bad. With thousands of potential new short stories being written each year, it’s nothing […]