Every week on Weirdfictionreview.com, we strive to publish great new stories, essays, and other pieces celebrating weird art and literature. Again and again, though, while we prep this new material for the site, we find ourselves browsing through the backlog of WFR. It’s amazing and even daunting to realize that we’ve featured hundreds of essays and stories since this site went live last Halloween. The sheer amount of material is staggering. More than that, though, all of it still bears reading and rereading. And so, while we should be concentrating on our newer material, sometimes we find ourselves arriving at old favorites, thinking of how useful it would be to bring them out of the archives and back into the light again.
So, for the next few weeks on WFR, we’re doing something a little different: we’re going to feature a mixture of new material and old favorites, selected from the archives, for both our newer readers of this site who didn’t encounter these selections the first time around and our long-time readers who might appreciate revisiting them.
This week, we have the first part of a two-part feature from columnist Edward Gauvin about French fantasist Marcel Schneider, as well as an enlightening interview between previously featured writer Brian Evenson and Matthew Treon, a student from Stephen Graham Jones’s weird fiction class at the University of Colorado from earlier this year. We also have our first selections from the archives: Kathe Koja’s stunning short story, “The Neglected Garden,” and a feature on the art of Felix Kramer and his strange, surreal bestiary.
In the coming weeks, you can look forward to fiction from Simon Strantzas along with an exclusive interview, special features on Johanna Sinisalo and Finnish weird fiction, the latest art column from Nancy Hightower, the newest installment in the Uncanny Interviews series, and more selections from the WFR archives.