The Weird Giveaway

Support the arts for your chance to win!

IMG_7818Who wants a free copy of The Weird? Or maybe Nathan Ballingrud’s fantastic new collection North American Lake Monsters? Jeremy L.C. Jones, the co-director and founder of the Shared Worlds program at Wofford College, thinks a few of you might want one or the other. He also believes in the power of charity and supporting artists, writers, and creative endeavors in general.

That’s exactly why Weird Fiction Review is teaming up with Jeremy on a new giveaway for our readers, which will give you an opportunity to win either a copy of The Weird or North American Lake Monsters. Below, you’ll find Jeremy’s account of how he came across his copies of these books in the first place. At the very end, we’ll have the contest rules and regulations, which you can enter effective immediately. Read on, and read closely! – The Editors


The executive director of a local arts organization came up to me at a wedding last week and said, “I’ve got three boxes of weird.”

My 10-year-old daughter, who was standing between us, looked to me for guidance.  I shrugged.

Would you like them?”

Still not entirely sure what we were talking about, I said, “Sure!”

After all, who wouldn’t want three boxes of weird?

Great,” she said, clearly relieved.  “Come by the bookshop on Monday and pick them up.”

Ah.  The bookshop.  We had scheduled a few readings there during July as part of Shared Worlds, the world-building and creative writing camp I co-direct with Jeff VanderMeer.  And the “weird” was The Weird: a Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories that Jeff co-edited with Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer.

Monday morning came – overcast and ten degrees cooler than Sunday.  After a few minutes of confusion, the clerk at the bookshop found the manager who said the executive director was busy in her office, so the manager lead me over to three boxes stacked next to the Biography and Current Events shelves.

The boxes were taped tight, except for the top one.

How many are in each box?” I asked the manager.

Not sure,” she said.  “Weird is a really big book.”

I slid my hand into the box and tried to count spines.  It was hard to count with all the slick and glossy paper, wrapped in butcher’s paper and bubble wrap.

Pull your car around,” she said, hefting the box I’d just palpated.

I hustled to my car which was in the side lot next to the wine store, drove around, and double-parked by the front door.  She met me at the curb.

In the back?”

Yeah,” I said.  She had stacked the other two boxes just inside the door where they usually set up the signing table at readings.  We each got one and wedged the remaining weird between the dog crates in the back.

So,” I said, hoping she’d ask what I planned to do with all that weird.

Yeah,” she said. “’So.’”

There was a ripple of energy in the air, like you feel when someone else discovers you left the bathroom door unlocked.

All right,” I said.


That Marly Youmans reading in November,” I said.  “I sent her an e‑mail about the date change — “

There’s time for that later, Jeremy,” she said, nodding toward my double parked car and the three boxes of weird inside.  “Plenty of time.”

Driving away, I squeezed the steering wheel, hummed along with the Grateful Dead, checked to see how much time I had before I need to pick up my daughter, and tried not to think about why we hadn’t talked about why I was being given these boxes of weird or what I planned to do with them.

Somewhere past the brewery but before the stuffed gorilla on a step-ladder, a hole opened in my gut and I kept thinking about the opened box of weird, my hand sliding into the slick, perforated entrails, trying to take an accounting of all that was there.

And I knew what I had to do.


Now, if you want a chance to win one of the free copies of The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories or North American Lake Monsters – free, packed up in a box, bag, or oily satchel and mailed right to your door – here’s what you need to do:

Donate any amount to an arts organization of your choice
Contribute any amount to a crowd-sourced project of your choice
Buy something directly from a small press
Provide support of any amount to a writer or visual artist directly

The guidelines are intentionally broad.  We won’t split hairs.  There’s no need to ask us if a recipient qualifies.  We’re more concerned with the spirit of the rules than the letter of the law.  The idea is simple.  You give, they receive, and you’ve entered.  Enter as often as you like but don’t spread your donations too thin.  And once you’ve given, provide the name of the beneficiary below in the comments section.

That’s important.  You have to enter the recipient in the comments or you won’t be entered in the contest. Also, make sure to include links to who or what you donated to whenever possible.

We have a total of seven copies of The Weird and three copies of North American Lake Monsters, so please indicate your preference in your entry in the comments. Those copies of Lake Monsters would be especially great for those of you who already have a copy of The Weird, of course.

You can enter in to this giveaway between now and September 30. On October 2, we will select TEN people at random, then contact each person via e‑mail for shipping information, and mail each person their respective prize.

All Best,
Jeremy L.C. Jones
Founder & Co-Director
Shared Worlds @ Wofford College

32 replies to “The Weird Giveaway

  1. Contributed to the crowd-funder for Steve Aylett’s Heart of the Original. 

    Preference is for The Weird. I’m in the UK if that’s ok in terms of eligibility/postage.

  2. My preference is for North American Lake Monsters. I am in Canada if that is ok in terms of eligibility/postage. I have fulfilled all of the possible entry criteria but most recently will be receiving a Scary Godmother Doll as my commitment to Jill Thompson’s kickstarter campaign.

  3. Oh, and I have North American Lake Monsters already, so The Weird would be awesome.

  4. I’m still wending my way through Weird, so North American Lake Monsters, please. However, if you have other extra copies of Weird, I’m teaching a workshop on surreal writing at the end of September, and I’d love a copy to give away as a prize. Just a thought.

    Anyways, have donated to the Bare it for Books campaign on Indiegogo and the Empty Hands Open Hearts campaign on Kickstarter,

  5. Just ordered a copy of Lore Segal’s Half the Kingdom from Melville House Press.

    Put me down for a copy of North American Lake Monsters, please.

  6. Backed “Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits: Part Two.”

    Would love a copy of The Weird.

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  8. Hi, in the last week I’ve backed Michael Kelly’s YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION from and Jill Thompson’s SCARY GODMOTHER doll through Kickstarter.

    I’d love to win The Weird. Thanks.

  9. Jake: This contest is for people donating in response to this post, not just recently.

  10. Awesome concept. Fantastic collections!

    PS:Feel free to send me gold bars.

  11. Bought twice from P.N. Elrod to help her fundraising for vet bills. If that doesn’tcount, so be it, it’s a good cause. I’ve already bought The Weird, do my preference is for the North American Lake Monsters, but since there are fewer copies of that, I’d love to have a copy of The Weird to share. Because more people should read it, and they’re not getting their mitts on my own precious copy. So in short, whatever’s convenient.

  12. Contributed to to help rescue an independant all-ages music venue from becoming a bar/resturant. Would like The Weird.

  13. I backed the crowd funded Banner Saga video game, bought a few prints from illustrator Corey Godbey at SFAL2, and am a recurring subscriber to LCRW from Small Beer Press. I’d love a copy of North American Lake Monsters, but wouldn’t say no to either book.

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  15. Remarkable things here.I’m very happy to peer your article.
    Thanks a lot and I am taking a look ahead to contact you.
    Will you please drop me a e‑mail?

  16. I supported the Year’s Best Weird Fiction Indiegogo campaign, too, and incidentally purchased North American Lake Monsters already right from Small Beer Press’s table at Readercon. (Which is not during the contest period, but worth mentioning. ;))

    That means I’d rather get The Weird, because I already have NALM

    Thank you!

  17. I bought David Jauss’s latest book from Press53. I would really like a copy of The Weird.

  18. Purchased a copy of Phoenix directly from the author Brian A. Hopkins. Here is a link to the publishers website:

    I would prefer a copy of The Weird. Thanks for a cool and good spirited contest.