Fritz Leiber's story about the ghosts of the modern city.
Weird #24: “The Tarn” by Hugh Walpole (1936)
A Cask of Amontillado-style literary revenge tale starring a very, very deep lake.
Weird #19: “The Book” by Margaret Irwin (1930)
A terrifying story about a tiny gap in a bookshelf.
Weird #18: “The Dunwich Horror” by H. P. Lovecraft (1929)
The Dunwich horror is a metonym for the genre of weird fiction as a whole
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.
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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Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint
Does magic exist in the contemporary world? Charles de Lint's mythic fiction brings supernatural beings into the context of the everyday and Forests of the Heart explores the contact between ordinary people and what he calls Mystery. Bettina and Adelita are sisters, both partly Mexican, partly Indios, and raised by their grandmother to see la époco del …