Some time ago, during shopping for books on Amazon, I stumbled upon the series called SF Masterworks. One of the titles immediately picked my curiosity — Dhalgren by Samuel Delany. Science fiction novel with weird fiction elements? Count me in! Was it… Read More ›
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.
After reading great Jeff VanderMeer’s anthology The Weird, I decided to also check out other books by this author and my first choice was Borne. Quickly after being published, the novel became a bestseller and received widespread critical acclaim. Why?… Read More ›
After publishing a few articles concerning weird fiction books and stories, I have decided to start reading another highly rated novel from this genre — John Langan’s The Fisherman. Is the Bram Stoker Award’s winner really worth the read? Let’s find out…. Read More ›