From Lovecraft to Borges to Gaiman, a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of darkish and weird tales that go beyond all recognized style obstacles. jointly those tales shape The Weird, and its practitioners comprise a number of the maximum names in 20th and twenty-first century literature.
Exotic and esoteric, The bizarre plunges you into darkish domain names and brings you eyeball to eyeball with surreal monstrosities. you will not locate any elves or wizards here...but you can find the most important, boldest, and downright so much unusual tales from the final hundred years sure jointly within the largest bizarre assortment ever assembled.
The bizarre features one hundred ten tales by means of an all-star solid, from literary legends to overseas bestsellers to Booker Prize winners: together with William Gibson, George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, Angela Carter, Kelly hyperlink, Franz Kafka, China Miéville, Clive Barker, Haruki Murakami, M. R. James, Neil Gaiman, Mervyn Peake, and Michael Chabon.
The Weird is the winner of the 2012 global fable Award for top Anthology
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