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Old 08-31-2011, 10:52 AM
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Michael Moorcock has written the Foreword for the latest anthology by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, The Weird, a compendium of dark and strange stories by writers as diverse as Algernon Blackwood, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, Mervyn Peake, M. John Harrison, Angela Carter, Michael Chabon and Neil Gaiman.



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Over one hundred years of weird fiction collected in a single volume of 750,000 words. Over 20 nationalities are represented and seven new translations were commissioned for the book, most notably definitive translations of Julio Cortazar’s “Axolotl” and Michel Bernanos’ short novel “The Other Side of the Mountain” (the first translations of these classics in many decades). Other highlights include the short novels/long novellas “The Beak Doctor” by Eric Basso, “Tainaron” by Leena Krohn, and “The Brotherhood of Mutilation” by Brian Evenson. This is among the largest collections of weird fiction ever housed between the covers of one book.

Strands of The Weird represented include classic and mainstream weird tales, weird SF, weird ritual, international weird, and offshoots of the weird influenced by Surrealism, Symbolism, the Gothic, and the Decadent movement.
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Cool I like Kafka, Carter and Gaimen but dont many of the others. how much does it sell for?

Edit: Just noticed on the front cover Lovecraft is in it too! Lovecraft was a great story teller - do you know which story he has in the book?
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how much does it sell for?
That information doesn't appear to have been released yet, as far as I can discover. Sorry.
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The table of contents is astonishing - I think I'm going to have to get this!
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Edit: Just noticed on the front cover Lovecraft is in it too! Lovecraft was a great story teller - do you know which story he has in the book?
According to the Table of Contents it's 'The Dunwich Horror'.
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Edit: Just noticed on the front cover Lovecraft is in it too! Lovecraft was a great story teller - do you know which story he has in the book?
According to the Table of Contents it's 'The Dunwich Horror'.
Looks like a great collection of authors, but I have to wonder who would include Dunwich Horror ahead of at least ten or more Lovecraft stories... it has an atmospheric sense of space and place, but frankly it is schlock... Good schlock, but schlock... And it's been widely anthologised.

Also the term 'weird' is wearing a little thin... I know it has its heritage in pre-genre genre fiction, but to use it as a catch all category to dump anything that is a bit strange, from modernism to genre from avant to pulp, that you happen to like seems a bit lazy... It just seems like a good way to flog something... Maybe Mike's intro can give me a new handle on this current use of this catch all term? It certainly covers a lot of the stuff I like, but I don't know what Kafka has in common with Clark Ashton Smith? Apart from being non-realistic and non-strictly Newtonian... All I know is I love both...

Anyway, depending on the price... I can see me buying this.

And for a similar concept, but with a narrower focus... this looks amazing: http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/CDP/PROD/pelan01
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I can recommend (having proofed it) this new release from Night Shade Books:

http://nightshadebooks.com/cart.php?...t_detail&p=201


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I can recommend (having proofed it) this new release from Night Shade Books:

http://nightshadebooks.com/cart.php?...t_detail&p=201

Are Night Shade paying their authors now?

I'm eagerly awaiting the sixth Miscellaneous vol of their Clark Ashton smith collected works... Allan, are you closely associated with NS? If so, I don't suppose you know of its ETA? Also any plans of reprinting the first vol anytime soon?
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Yeah, there's an article in the latest Locus (and here on the SFWA site):

http://www.sfwa.org/2011/07/report-t...ionary-period/

about the SFWA probation period ending soon: apparently they've tightened up their bookkeeping systems etc., and payments are being made promptly. I've proofed 25 books for them (including 5 out of the 6 CAS) and never had a problem.

I proofed the sixth volume of CAS (Misc. Writings of CAS) on August 21st and it's listed for a January 10 release [UPDATED 9-7: New Release Date is December 6, maybe sooner]. While not as strong as the other volumes, it does have some interesting (though minor) previously unpublished tales, and a reprint of Donald Sidney-Fryer's lengthy article about knowing CAS "The Sorcerer Departs" serves as the intro...

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This comes out on Tuesday May 8th. Quite a feat of editing, and a great foreweird by Mike: check it out...(it's $29.95 by the way, in answer to Magnum Opus' ? above)

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My local comic book store has informed me that my copy of this book is waiting for me. I'll get it tomorrow.
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This comes out on Tuesday May 8th. Quite a feat of editing, and a great foreweird by Mike: check it out...(it's $29.95 by the way, in answer to Magnum Opus' ? above)

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I don't understand... hasn't this been out since last year, albeit with a slightly different cover (like the one at the top of this thread)? In what way is this different?
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This is the US Edition, EA. The UK edition came out last year, yes
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Ahhh... I see! Thank you... How strange to have staggered the release by so many months...
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Mr. Moorcock's intro to this anthology is almost a college course in 'strange tales', and the book itself is a compendium of essential stories for the enthusiast.

Several stories collected here were made into whacking films-showing us yet again that a film is a short story, not a novel. The original story that inspired 'Curse of/Night of the Demon, one of the best horror films ever and the original 'Mimic' is here.

Some come from Latin America, Africa and Japan(after all, these folks gave us Godzilla!), others are old standbys neglected of late.

Not a loser in the bunch, this is a must-read. And don't trust the Gnoles, ever.
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Lateness in US ? I heard the thing was a beast to compile -- not the stories but the publishers. It's a great book to own, I have to say. It really is the best of its kind.
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http://wfc2012.org/pr-wfawards01.html
Yeah, Jeff received three in all. In an email I congratulated him and told him he was in the center of the discourse...a place - he told me - he never wanted to be!

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This comes out on Tuesday May 8th. Quite a feat of editing, and a great foreweird by Mike: check it out...(it's $29.95 by the way, in answer to Magnum Opus' ? above)

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That book is huuuuge! Norton Anthologies are dwarfed by its presence!

And Mike's intro was great fun.

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The book is a great achievement, no doubt just the legal issues were cruel hard to deal with.

I'm at the halfway point, quivering with unholy joy. Even the Gnurrs came from the voodverk owt for this one.

Bravissimo for the editors, and Mr. Moorcock!

I read the Ghan Wilson story forty years ago in 'Playboy' and never forgot it. I was glad to refresh the memory, likewise, 'Sandkings'. And many, many others.

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