Memorial Day Break at

It seems strange that we’re already almost five months into 2013 here at, with 2012 still fresh in our minds, but that’s exactly the case. We hope everyone has enjoyed the fiction, nonfiction, and art we’ve been able to present to you these past few months, and we’ve got even bigger plans for the rest of the year.

That said, we’re taking a little break here at for the end of May, starting this week. All of us at the site are taking a brief holiday to relax and recharge going into the summer. We will return with new material for the site the week of June 3.

We’re leaving you with some quality material in the meantime, to help tide you all over while we’re gone. We have an excerpt from Nick Mamatas’s novel Move Under Ground, one of the best and most innovative Lovecraftian stories in recent memory. Those of you who haven’t had the chance to read this novel should certainly check out the excerpt we’ve posted, even if you’re not normally a fan of Lovecraftiana. We also have an interview between Mamatas and our managing editor, Adam Mills, about Mamatas’s writing and his feelings on weird fiction, among other things, that we definitely recommend reading.

On top of that, we have a new entry in the 101 Weird Writers series, courtesy of returning contributor Leif Schenstead-Harris, about Beninese writer Olympe Bhêly-Quénum and his classic story “A Child in the Bush of Ghosts,” which readers may recall from The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. Fans of that particular story and other works of Bhêly-Quénum’s (including his story “The Night Watchman,” previously reprinted here at should enjoy the more in-depth examination of the writer and his work provided by Schenstead-Harris.

As always, if you enjoy and admire the work we do, please consider donating to You can use the paypal option on the main page, lower left, which sends a donation to vanderworld at Any donations we receive go toward allowing us to continue finding the best, weirdest, most unclassifiable and energizing work we can, and to also reward our amazing contributors.

Thanks for all your support so far this year! We’re not nearly done yet, either. We’ve got some really great projects in the work for later this year that we hope to unveil very soon, so stay tuned!