‘The definitive collection of weird fiction… its success lies in its ability to lend coherence to a great number of stories that are so remarkably different and yet share the same theme’ — Times Literary Supplement
‘Studded with literary gems, it’s a hefty, diligently assembled survey of a genre that manages to be at once unsettling, disorientating and bracing in its variety.’ — James Lovegrove, Financial Times
‘It’s a tremendous experience to go through its 1,126 pages… there are so many delights in this that any reader will find something truly memorable’ — Scotland on Sunday
‘Readers eager to explore a world beyond the ordinary need look no further’ - Time Out
‘An anthology of writing so powerful it will leave your reality utterly shredded…Give yourself to the weird! Open the pages of the new gospel of The Weird.’ — Guardian.co.uk
We’re extremely pleased that our The Weird compendium continues to get such high praise, with more reviews coming. We’re also happy because we’re getting a lot of traffic to this site as a result of the anthology. Not to mention, we can announce that the North American edition of The Weird will be published by Tor Books, with the ebook out in February and the trade paperback in May (with a short-run hardcover as well). Meanwhile, the UK edition is available in Kindle format now as well.
But the main point of this post is to ask you, our loyal weirdie readers, your recommendations for your Top 3 greatest compilations of dark/weird/horror fiction of all time, both original and reprint anthologies. Please note which is which and state your case. The best and most convincing explanation will be rewarded with a copy of the paperback edition of Thomas Ligotti’s collection Teatro Grottesco (Virgin Books), a subscription to our ODD? antho, a copy of Jeff’s short-run weird collection Secret Lives and our own hardcover anthology The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, personalized by us however you like. Deadline is next Friday night at midnight, Eastern Standard Time.
We’re compiling our own Top 10 list for a later post and your recommendations will have influence on our list. — Ann & Jeff VanderMeer