A sea voyage, a desert island story, and a Dantesque, existential allegory all rolled into one surreal masterpiece.Keep reading
The perfect date keeps her biggest secret until just before marriageKeep reading
A chilling tale in which monks gaslight the protagonist about the existence of a suffering manKeep reading
Man meets woman–but this tryst’s got a twistKeep reading
In which the sale of shrunken heads drives a South American country into chaosKeep reading
In which a creepy child sits on a flickering TV set and everyone pretends it’s fineKeep reading
Amos Tutuola’s “The Complete Gentleman” borrows from the tradition of Yoruba folktales to tell the story of a “beautiful” man who borrows his ‘complete’ body—feet, neck, skin, and all—from their owners. Surreal like the best folktales, it made me think of some of Italo Calvino’s more grotesque Italian fairy tales, though “The Complete Gentleman” approaches the weird from a different…Keep reading
Probably the best haunted house story about the alienating effect of mirrors that you will ever read.Keep reading
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I’m Matthew Rettino, a speculative fiction writer from Montreal, Canada. In my Archaeologies of Weird Fiction project, I am reviewing all 110 stories contained in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s massive anthology The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories.
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