Friday, January 6, 2012

The Weird!

A companion volume to Zombies is also available from Corvus. The Weird, edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer, is a “compendium of strange and dark stories”. To prove the point, here are 1100 pages stuffed with over a hundred stories selected from a century or more – plus a foreword by Michael Moorcock and an afterword by China Mi√©ville.

Looking through the contents, I am reminded of reading some of these in previous years, and being engrossed by their mix of horror and the strange. And in my book, that’s about the best mix! I’m pleased to see Michel Bernanos’ “The Other Side of the Mountain”, this time translated into English by Gio Clairval, which I read as a short novel in the 1970s in an edition translated by Elaine P Halperin. I note that there are some minor differences in the translations…

Other modern favourites include “Sandkings” by George RR Martin, “In the Hills, the Cities” by Clive Barker, and “Smoke Ghost” by Fritz Leiber. Also included are tales by Algernon Blackwood, MR James, HP Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Joanna Russ, Harlan Ellison, Lisa Tuttle… You get the idea: the list goes on and on.

The Weird is published by Corvus at £25.00

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