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 […]

The Mere Touch: Weird Reviews

The mere touch of cold philosophy.”   – Keats Reviewed in this column: Love Among the Particles and Other Stories by Norman Lock (Bellevue Literary Press, 2013) The World of the End by Ofir Touché Gafla; trans. Mitch Ginsburg (Tor Books, 2013) Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur Books, 2013) The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain; […]

The Mere Touch: Weird Reviews

The mere touch of cold philosophy.”  – Keats Reviewed in this column: The City’s Son by Tom Pollock (Jo Fletcher Books, 2012) Boneland by Alan Garner (Fourth Estate, 2012) Celebrant by Michael Cisco (Chômu Press, 2012) The Folly of the World by Jesse Bullington (Orbit, 2012) American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit, 2013) Samuel Johnson famously opined that “when […]

The Mere Touch: Weird Reviews

The mere touch of cold philosophy.” – Keats Reviewed in this column: The Man who Walked Through Walls by Marcel Aymé, trans. Sophie Lewis (Pushkin Press, London, 2012) Requiems and Nightmares by Guido Gozzano, trans. Brendan and  Anna Connell (Hieroglyphic Press, 2012) The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories by Andrew Duncan (PS Publishing Ltd, 2012) Crackpot Palace by Jeffrey Ford (William […]

The Mere Touch: Weird Reviews

The mere touch of cold philosophy.” – Keats Reviewed in this column: Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman, trans. Nick Caistor and Lorenza García (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, USA; Pushkin Press, UK, 2012) Communion Town by Sam Thompson (Fourth Estate, 2012) Hawthorn and Child by Keith Ridgway (Granta Books, 2012) After more of a hiatus than I intended (let’s just […]

The Mere Touch: Weird Reviews: Maureen Kincaid Speller

The mere touch of cold philosophy.” – Keats Reviewed in this column: The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit, NY, 2012) Ivyland by Miles Klee (OR Books, NY, 2012) Shiny Thing by Patricia Russo (Papaveria Press, 2011) Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, NY, 2012 Recently, the New Yorker has, a little unexpectedly, produced a science-fiction issue. […]