Descend into shadowy cities, grotesque rituals, chaotic festivals, and deadly cults. Plunge into terrifying domains, where bodies are remade into surreal monstrosities, where the desperate rage against brutal tyrants. Where everything is lethal and no one is innocent, where Peake began and Lovecraft left offthis is where you will find the New Weird.
Edgy, urban fiction with a visceral immediacy, the New Weird has descended from classic fantasy 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, shocking, and utterly innovative.
Here is the very best of the New Weird from some of its greatest practitioners. This canonic anthology collects the original online debates first defining the New Weird and critical writings from international editors, culminating in a ground-breaking round-robin piece, Festival Lives,” which features some of the hottest new names in New Weird fiction.
"Highly recommended for all libraries interested in the latest in sf and fantasy as well as modern horror." -- Library Journal "Ann and Jeff VanderMeer bring their expertise and affection for sci-fi and fantasy to a detailed examination of one of the latest styles to hit this constantly evolving scene." -- Kirkus Reviews "Jeff VanderMeer is one of the most remarkable practitioners of the literary fantastic in America today." --Locus "A hip, stylistic fiction that evokes the gritty exuberance of pulp novels and dime-store comic books." -- Bookgasm.com "The first comprehensive anthology of the movement." -- Guardian Unlimited "These stories shine because of their attempts to subvert the normal paradigms of fantasy ... we are truly seeing something that'll bring new life to a genre." --SF Crownest "A collection of great stories, some of them really remarkable, a clear portrait of a multi-faceted and undefinable sub-genre and a statement that good literature has no boundaries. An anthology that certainly has conquered its place in history." --verbeat.org "Unique, experimental, and even lyrical stories... If the reader is interested in the weird tale, genre-crossing, or dark fantasy and horror, this book is worth checking out." --Green Man Review