Welcome to Weird Fiction Review: Weird Central

Welcome to weirdfictionreview.com, which officially debuted the week of October 31st.  Be sure to check back every day for great posts of a variety of subjects.

Who are we? This webblog is the brainchild of Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. Ann has served as editor of Weird Tales and with Jeff co-edited such anthologies as The New Weird, the ebook antho series ODD?, and the just-released The Weird: A Compendium of Strange & Dark Stories (Atlantic/Corvus). Jeff is an award-winning writer of weird fiction whose last novel, Finch, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula Award.

The Weird—a 750,000-word reprint anthology covering 100 years of weird fiction — is the initial impetus for this website and we’ll be running several features related to the book. You can find the entire TOC and description here.

However, this site is also meant to be an ongoing exploration into all facets of the weird, in all of its many forms — a kind of non-denominational approach that appreciates Lovecraft but also Kafka, Angela Carter and Clark Ashton Smith, Shirley Jackson and Fritz Leiber — along with the next generation of weird writers and international weird. The emphasis will be on nonfiction on writers and particular books, but we will also run features on weird art, music, and film, as well as occasional fiction.

Angela Slatter currently serves as our managing editor, Luis Rodrigues created the site, and Larry Nolen and Paul Smith will be among the regular  columnists. Upcoming features include an original serialized comic about encountering The Weird by new writer Leah Thomas (see splash page below), exclusive interviews with Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, and Thomas Ligotti, among others, sneak peeks at The Weird antho, an ongoing 101 Weird Writers feature,  rare and unusual reprint fiction, and much more. The look-and-feel of the site will change and evolve over the next few weeks as well.

Occasionally, too, our helpers will jump in to ask you, the reader, questions about The Weird.

Oddkin Weirdie Peculiar Headshots

Myrtle von Damitz III painted the portraits of Oddkin, Weirdie, and Old Peculiar. You can find more of her work in our gallery—and possibly more sightings of our strange trio.

We should note that the print-only Weird Fiction Review, edited by S.T. Joshi and published by Centipede Press, is a separate organism, but we exist in a symbiotic relationship with WFR and will be running excerpts from and features about that publication as well.

So, welcome! We hope you’ll want to come by regularly and join in the conversation.

4 replies to “Welcome to Weird Fiction Review: Weird Central

  1. Congrats! Sounds fantastic. Love the cover art. Will check back as the site grows, would love to submit something. Best of luck!

  2. Loved your New Weird anthology, looking forward to the Weird one from Corvus, and thrilled to learn about this site.

  3. I’ve been waiting for a review like this, and I wouldn’t trust anyone but the VanderMeers to do it. This is awesome. I can’t wait to see what transpires.

  4. Thanks, all! We plan on continuous content through the first eight weeks, not including holiday weeks, and then will decide on whether to make it a bi-weekly e‑zine or continue in this mode. We will also reach a decision on whether to take unsolicited submissions by then.