101 Weird Writers #41 — Hagiwara Sakutarō: Hagiwara Sakutarō’s “Cat Town”: Seeing Things in Prose and Poetry

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. Hagiwara Sakutarō (1886–1942) was a Japanese writer known primarily as one of the foremost […]

“Horrer Howce” by Margaret St. Clair: Stories from the Borderland

The following article originally appeared on Scott Nicolay’s blog as the 8th entry in his Stories from the Borderland series which features original artwork by Michael Bukowski. Margaret St. Clair seems poised on the edge of rediscovery. Certainly few writers in speculative fiction are more deserving of a revival—or more undeservedly neglected. I know I am not […]

101 Weird Writers #38 — Leonora Carrington: “Seeing Rabbits and Falling Fingers”

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. Leonora Carrington (1912 – 2011) was a British-born Mexican surrealist painter. In addition to being an artist, she […]

101 Weird Writers #37 — Kelly Link: Sex, Death and the Man-Omelet in “The Specialist’s Hat”

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. Kelly Link was born in Miami, Florida, and is the author of numerous short story collections, […]

Four Stories: “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel García Márquez

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 world had been sad since Tuesday.” Reading the stories of Gabriel García Márquez reveals that we have been incomplete all this time. A delirious current of imagination and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Four Stories: An Introduction

Did you know that there are four stories mentioned in the introduction for The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories that the VanderMeers wanted to include but weren’t able to due to copyright permissions? They are Philip K. Dick’s “The Preserving Machine,” J. G. Ballard’s “The Drowned Giant,” Gabriel García Márquez’s “A Very Old Man […]