Interview: Weird Fiction and More at Valancourt Books

Robert Aickman is no stranger to us here at Weird Fiction Review. So when Valancourt Books published a collection of his strange tales last year called “The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories,” we took note. Valancourt has been on our radar for a while, though, for not only publishing dark fiction—Gothic, horror, supernatural, and, of […]

Translating Strange Science Fiction: An Interview with Marian and James Womack

Marian Womack is a graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop (2014), and of the Creative Writing Master’s at the University of Cambridge (2016). She was born in Andalusia and writes in English and Spanish. Her fiction in English can be read in Apex, SuperSonic Mag, Weird Fiction Review, and the anthologies Spanish Women of Wonder […]

Interview: Lincoln Michel: "Weird is a compliment... even if meant as an insult."

Today we’re publishing a story called “Things Left Outside” by writer Lincoln Michel. It’s one of 25 stories featured in his 2015 debut collection, Upright Beasts. Michel is the editor-in-chief of electricliterature.com and a founding editor of Gigantic. His work has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, Unstuck, Tin House, Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. He is the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction, and […]

Interview: Thomas Ligotti and the Realm of Nightmares

While Thomas Ligotti has been cited by authors as the greatest living writer of the Weird, mainstream recognition of his work has seemed to lag behind. However, this month Penguin is publishing a new work in its series of classics that combines two of Ligotti’s earliest collections, Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe: His Lives and Works. […]

A Conversation about the Uncanny: Marjorie Sandor talks about her new anthology The Uncanny Reader

I’ve always thought of weird fiction and uncanny literature as being one and the same. It was only until recently when I read an anthology called The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows that I realized that while there are many commonalities and similarities, the uncanny and the weird aren’t exactly synonymous. In The Uncanny Reader, the editor, Marjorie Sandor, […]

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 […]

The Weird World of Area X: Jeff VanderMeer on the Southern Reach trilogy

This week FSG Originals is releasing a hardcover omnibus that includes all three entries in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy. To coincide with its release on November 18th, we decided to run a series of articles this week that relate to the Southern Reach. Today, we’re asking Jeff VanderMeer about his trilogy, how it fits […]