The New Weird

By Jeff VanderMeer

Descend into shadowy towns, ugly rituals, chaotic fairs, and lethal cults. Plunge into terrifying domain names, the place our bodies are remade into surreal monstrosities, the place the determined rage opposed to brutal tyrants. the place every thing is deadly and nobody is blameless, the place Peake begun and Lovecraft left off—this is the place you can find the recent Weird.

Edgy, city fiction with a visceral immediacy, the hot bizarre has descended from vintage delusion and dime-store pulp novels, from horror and detective comics, from thrillers and noir. All grown-up, it emerges from the chrysalis of nostalgia as newly literate, stunning, and completely innovative.

Here is some of the best of the hot bizarre from a few of its maximum practitioners. This canonic anthology collects the unique on-line debates first defining the recent bizarre and important writings from foreign editors, culminating in a ground-breaking round-robin piece, “Festival Lives,” which positive factors a few of the most well-liked new names in New bizarre fiction.

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