A ghost story that the reader pieces together only after it is told
Weird #49: “Don’t Look Now” by Daphne du Maurier (1971)
Daphne Du Maurier’s line is almost literally hypnotic
Weird #48: “The Sea Was As Wet As Wet Could Be” by Gahan Wilson (1967)
Gahan Wilson’s “The Sea Was Wet As Wet Could Be” hits quite differently than the other weird tales in this collection—his twisted, singsong references to Lewis Carroll form the background context to a story of the indifference of a barren universe.
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 #46: “The Salamander” by Mercè Rodoreda (1967)
A witch becomes a salamander in this Catalan metamorphosis story
Weird #45: “The Other Side of the Mountain” by Michel Bernanos (1967)
A sea voyage, a desert island story, and a Dantesque, existential allegory all rolled into one surreal masterpiece.
Weird #44: “The Colomber” by Dino Buzzati (1966)
Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum
Weird #43: “Same Time, Same Place” by Mervyn Peake (1963)
The perfect date keeps her biggest secret until just before marriage
Weird #42: “The Howling Man” by Charles Beaumont (1959)
A chilling tale in which monks gaslight the protagonist about the existence of a suffering man
Weird #41: “A Woman Seldom Found” by William Sansom (1959)
Man meets woman--but this tryst's got a twist