Weird fiction

What makes weird fiction different from ordinary horror? Well, the main goal of authors creating in this genre is not to simply frighten the reader, but to evoke in him feeling of anxiety, usually caused by confrontation with the unknown. Their task is to draw the reader into a surreal, nightmare-like world, which will stay in his imagination long after finishing the book. While you can find a lot of good weird fiction novels, the authors of this genre tend to focus on short stories.

Some of the best-known classic authors in this genre are H.P. Lovecraft, M.R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Stefan Grabiński, Lord Dunsany, Robert Aickman, Oliver Onions, Abraham Merritt, Clark Ashton Smith, Brunon Schulz, and Fritz Leiber.

In our opinion, you should also take a look at the works of modern weird fiction writers such as Thomas Ligotti, Laird Barron, Ramsey Campbell, China Mieville, Jon Padgett and John Langan.

It’s worth mentioning that some authors who are not usually associated with this genre, also created some compelling weird fiction stories. For instance, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, or George R.R. Martin.