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The Weird
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories | Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
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From Lovecraft to Borges to Gaiman, a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of dark and strange stories that transcend all known genre boundaries. Together these stories form The Weird and amongst its practitioners number some of the greatest names in twentieth and twenty-first century literature. Exotic and esoteric, The Weird plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities; you won't find any elves or wizards here... but you will find the boldest and downright most peculiar stories from the last hundred years bound together in the biggest Weird collection ever assembled. The Weird features an all star cast of authors, from classics to international bestsellers to Booker prize winners. Here are Ben Okri and George R.R. Martin, Angela Carter and Kelly Link, Franz Kafka and China Miville, Clive Barker and Haruki Murakami, M.R. James and Neil Gaiman, Mervyn Peake and Michael Chabon, Stephen King and Daphne Du Maurier.
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Balibee146
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories | Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
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#gratefulreads today's prompt is #ashortstory
I've had this huge collection on #kindle for a while and I need to start reading them. Think 2020 will be my year of the short story ❤️
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🖤 4w
Lucy_Anywhere Ooooh, I'm intrigued! Looks like my sort of short stories 4w
Balibee146 @Lucy_Anywhere it is a really big collection... The physical book looks lovely but was just too big lol.... So sure there will be lots of stories to love ❤️ 4w
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Mandoul Worth checking out Luke Smitherd, who has a few collections of really good alternative short stories on ebook 4w
Balibee146 Thanks @mandoul I'll check him out now 👍 4w
Balibee146 @mandoul I had just cancelled my kindle unlimited subscription as didn't use it enough and was due to end in the a few days ... Loads of his stuff available on unlimited and look intriguing so guess I'll be reactivating it today lol 👍😁👍 4w
Mandoul In that case i really hope you enjoy his books 😂 the Black Room and Head Full of Knives are two that I enjoyed 4w
Balibee146 @mandoul I downloaded Head Full of Knives and Weird, Dark this morning 😁 thanks! 4w
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GatheringBooks
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#FallIsBooked Day 25: It is pretty clear that the ‘weird tales‘ in this collection go beyond the mere presence of ghosts, zombies, or glittering #vampire in high school, or werewolves with six-pack abs as can be seen from the Introduction of the Vandermeers above. What makes this collection stand out for me is the effort to include luminous writers coming from outside the US-UK and Western canon. More of my thoughts here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-8Fh

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧛🏻‍♂️ 1mo
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Leniverse
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vivastory Love this one! 2mo
Leniverse @vivastory It's gorgeous. It's a shame I only have it on Kindle. 😆 2mo
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khooliha
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories | Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer

Me and my wall that is entirely mirrors just read a scary story about mirrors, but the thing that sets me and my wall apart from the story is that me and my wall don't hate women. #TheHungryHouse

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khooliha
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Did some late night book rearranging, trying to get all my short story collections on one shelf. I failed.

I am trying to read a short story a day, give them the respect of being the only one, but I also worry that it's eating into my novel reading time, because why shouldn't I worry about the thing I do for fun? Would I even be alive if I didn't?!?!

khooliha Also also, I'm chipping my way through the tagged cinder block again and the last story (White Rabbits)? Actually creepy! Congrats The Weird! 8mo
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GatheringBooks
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#31BookPics Day 21: Another #DNF from the Vandermeers - again not because it isn‘t good - but because it is SOOOO good, I have to purchase a copy for myself. This is a library book and I realize that with the Vandermeers, their books will have to be purchased to fully appreciate. Another book to consider for Christmas. 🤣😂😭🧚🏼‍♀️📚

ReadingEnvy I have a VanderMeer shelf with all of their anthologies. I may read them someday. ;) 14mo
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emmaakg
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Perfect October reading!

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vivastory
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Book serendipity, albeit of the unsettling variety, being a Shirley Jackson story.

saresmoore 😒😳 1y
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Blair_Reads
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Short story before bed. I am suuuuuuper into Jeffrey Ford right now after hearing him speak last week. #weird #weirdstories #shortfiction

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Balibee146
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Some #paranormal goings on in this short story collection #marchinbooks @maich

Cathythoughts Amazing picture ❤️ 2y
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Blair_Reads
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Today's story :)

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Blair_Reads
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This morning's story: The Cage by: Jeff VanderMeer

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Balibee146
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Kindle purchase... Couldn't help myself!

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Blair_Reads
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I work at the off campus bookstore now. I've done a good job not buying the whole store. I have bought this beauty tho, and I plan on reading a story a day with my morning coffee ☺️ Story 1: The Ice Man by: Haruki Murakami

LauraBeth Campus bookstore! ❤️ *swoon* 3y
CherylRussell I need this book! 3y
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Just in time!! ⏰📚👍🏻

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khooliha
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#RiotGrams Day 16 - I'm not sure where all my bookmarks have gone in the move, but this freebie from Cavity Colors has been serving me quite well.

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khooliha
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#RiotGrams Day 6 - I'm gonna try to read at least a story a day, so this could be the current read for a looooong time.

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khooliha
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories | Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer

All those short books earlier in the year were just a ploy to pad out my total for the year, because now it's time to tackle a behemoth.

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khooliha
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#RiotGrams Day 2 - I am doing a ton of reading in bed lately, now that it's gotten colder, by the late of my dragon lamp. A cheesy holdover from my middle school dragon days? Don't care, it's the best.

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khooliha
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*me, preparing for a 2 day trip*: This is probably enough books.

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ThatElusiveFeeling
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I cannot wait to dig in!

MrBook Ooh, this looks tempting! 2y
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vivastory
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I know I am a day late for #recommendsday but I was too busy to post. As I posted a few days ago, Ann & Jeff Vandermeer's editorial work is among the most unique & important, currently being produced. In "The Weird" they reclaim a term commonly used as baffled je ne sais quoi for intentional aesthetic & literary traditions. More waking dream, akin to hypnagogic state, than the surrealist transcription of the unconscious & dreams. Highly recommend.

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the_hibernator
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I have this huge dark fantasy short story compendium on my Nook shelf. I'm terrible at reading short stories, I like the character development of novels. But I like the idea of short stories, and think it's good to read them. So I sit down and read one story after each longer book that I finish.
#AllHallowsRead

twohectobooks I'm also not the hugest fan of short stories for this reason. 3y
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brendanmleonard
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Here is, as promised, the other part of my #AllHallowsRead TBR! I'm obviously not going to get to all of these - but I am going to try and read selections from them! And rereading Something Wicked is a bit of a fall tradition for me...

8leagueboot Something Wicked This Way Comes is the ultimate fall book imho. 🍂🎃🎪 3y
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szainabwilliams
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It's still disgustingly hot in L.A. but I'll get my shivers wherever I can.

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brendanmleonard
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Also in #bookishbirthdays: H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), one of the founding fathers of weird fiction. I've been thinking a lot about his complicated, difficult legacy - as a writer and as an influence - a lot today. I think it's something his fans (myself included) should grapple with more. Anyway, I pulled some volumes of his stuff off the shelf. I love these covers (and, as mentioned, the anthology is essential).

BookishFeminist I love him too and have a very complicated relationship with his writing since so much of it reflects that he was a racist pig. Have you read any of the newer retellings of Lovecraft like Lovecraft Country and The Ballad of Black Tom? Both are excellent and specifically deal with his racism & flips it around. 3y
MrBook Big fan 😎👍🏻! 3y
brendanmleonard @BookishFeminist I have not but have been meaning to pick that up. I think acknowledging he is a racist pig is more than some fans are willing to do. It's a big problem in Lovecraft scholarship particularly since the racism/fear of the other is so ingrained as to be inseparable in the work, but there are too many people making excuses IMO. There's a new biography out later this year that supposedly grapples with race that I'm excited to read. 3y
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ElizaTodd @brendanmleonard I loved The King in Yellow!!! 3y
BookishFeminist @brendanmleonard IT'S SO TRUE THOUGH. I'm not sure why people equate being a fan of someone's work with worship of them as a person and refuse to find problems in their work even if they're intrinsically involved. Another great example of this is JK Rowling's Native appropriation for her new North American magic stuff, which she is very protective over so arguably racist about, yet fans often refuse to acknowledge it or defend it if brought up. 3y
BookishFeminist Also do you have the name of the new Lovecraft biography on you by chance? I would love to read it. 3y
Readergrrl Is The King In Yellow the inspiration behind some of the literary allusions in the first True Detective season with Matthew Mconaughey and Woody Harrelson? If it was, I am going to go find it to add to my TBR pile ASAP! 3y
brendanmleonard @Readergrrl yes! Lovecraft, Chambers, and the whole idea of cosmic horror was a big influence on TD S1 (also Barron, Ligotti, etc.) some people thought the season was gonna end with Matthew Mac fighting a monster 3y
brendanmleonard @BookishFeminist don't even get me started on effing Fantastic Beasts/Ilvermorny 😬 the bio is: 3y
BookishFeminist @brendanmleonard LOL. Not trying to, I don't want to get myself started on that either. But it's an apt comparison. And thanks! I'll have to grab it when it comes out. 👍🏼 3y
PatriciaU M.R. James is a favorite of mine, along with E.F. Benson and J. Sheridan LeFanu. Psychological horror at its best.... 3y
brendanmleonard @PatriciaU I have Benson and LeFanu volumes too! 3y
quirkyreader You have to read Alan Moore's latest work. Providence will blow you away. There are two more issues left in the series. So hopefully around December it will be our as a graphic novel. 3y
Readergrrl @brendanmleonard thanks for the response! I've been off Litsy for a few weeks but I'm back on now! I'm planning on researching the first True Detective again. I loved it THAT much! Would love to find more books that incorporate these allusions. 3y
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brendanmleonard
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Look! It's both a #Recommendsday and a #WCW in one post! Ellen Datlow and Ann Vandermeer are some of my favorite anthology editors, and anything they do is essential (srsly, check out The Weird). And The Dark Descent is so iconic if you love horror. Check these thick books out!

TheWellReadOwl Love The Weird anthology! 3y
BookishFeminist Love both of these women! I always grab Ellen Datlow's best horror of the year & love the anthologies Ann Vandermeer puts out with Jeff. I just got this one 3y
quirkyreader Super cool, and I've read and loved most of these books. 🐸 3y
Mirshad Oh wow! These all look great. My poor tbr just got bigger! 3y
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Poohza
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Big book weekend

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brendanmleonard
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Finally got this guy to hold still long enough for a picture - even though he's indignant about that jersey. Ignore the cord LOL. Anyway, meet Tyrion the Tibbie.

Kalystia Aww what breed is he? 3y
brendanmleonard He's a Tibetan Spaniel mix. 3 year old. Rescue. 😀 3y
BookishFeminist Adorable!! 3y
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Gezemice So cute! 3y
SusanInTiburon @brendanmleonard Tyrion is a great name and your guy is such a sweetie! Thanks for rescuing! 3y
SusanInTiburon @brendanmleonard Hold on, is that a Cavs jersey?! 3y
brendanmleonard @Susanintiburon , yes I grew up in Akron 3y
SusanInTiburon I grew up and am settled in the Bay Area, so we're Warriors folks. (But we can still be friends, right?) I have to admit it was cool to see Lebron and Kyrie Irving playing like the stars they are last night. But it's time to go back back back to Cali Cali Cali ... 3y
brendanmleonard Yes of course we can still be friends! I make fun of Steph Curry sometimes but I think he's a legend. I like watching good basketball, period. 👍😄 3y
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