A window into another dimensions opens up a nostalgic view of another world, but not is all as it seems.
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Weird #47: “The Ghoulbird” by Claude Seignolle (1967)
Claude Seignolle was a French author of fantastic stories, an archaeologist and folklorist whose story “The Ghoulbird” reflects his interest in peasant legends. He is known for presenting the fantastic in a straightforward manner, making the reader believe it is real.
Weird #12: “The People of the Pit” by A. Merritt (1918)
Who can resist the Siren call of the Pit?
Weird #11: “The Vegetable Man” by Luigi Ugolini (1917)
The story of a little green man.
Weird #10: “The Hungry Stones” by Rabindranath Tagore (1916)
A decadent tale of becoming overpowered by pleasure.
Harness the Power of Dialectical Opposites to Enhance Your Storytelling
The inherent rule behind storytelling is to be found in dialectics.
Weird #5 Casting the Runes by M.R James (1911)
Book reviewing can be a perilous profession, especially when the author of the book in question knows a thing or two about alchemy and Runic magic. In such cases, it is not advised to write an overly negative review, for fear of reprisals on the part of the sorcerer in question. Unfortunately, in M. R. …
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Weird #4 Srendi Vashtar by Saki (1910)
In "Srendi Vashtar" (1908) by Saki, a sickly boy named Conradin has a lively imagination exasperated by the dreariness of his Edwardian childhood. Having been given five years to live by a doctor whose "opinion counted for very little" (53), he declares, in the midst of his loneliness and boredom, that his polecat-ferret is a god. …
Weird #3 The Willows by Algernon Blackwood (1907)
No weird tale that I have read captures a sense of dread and impending doom so subtly and beautifully in its descriptions of the natural world as "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood (1907), the third story included in The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Tales. In this story, two canoeists journey down the …
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Weird #2 The Screaming Skull by F. Marion Crawford (1908)
"The Screaming Skull" (1908) by Francis Marion Crawford, the second story in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's anthology The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, takes us into the mind of disturbed retired sailor as the skull of a possibly murdered friend haunts his guilty conscience. Told in the first person in what the editors …
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