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TOC: ‘The Weird: A Compendium of Dark & Strange Stories’ Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer has posted the HUGE table of contents for his and Ann VanderMeer’s anthology The Weird: A Compendium of Dark & Strange Stories, which is due to be published in October:

Over one hundred years of weird fiction collected in a single volume of 750,000 words. Over 20 nationalities are represented and seven new translations were commissioned for the book, most notably definitive translations of Julio Cortazar’s “Axolotl” and Michel Bernanos’ short novel “The Other Side of the Mountain” (the first translations of these classics in many decades). Other highlights include the short novels / long novellas “The Beak Doctor” by Eric Basso, “Tainaron” by Leena Krohn, and “The Brotherhood of Mutilation” by Brian Evenson. This is among the largest collections of weird fiction ever housed between the covers of one book.

The book also features a foreword by Michael Moorcock and an afterword by China Miéville. Here’s the table of contents:

  1. Alfred Kubin, “The Other Side” (excerpt), 1908 (translation, Austria)
  2. F. Marion Crawford, “The Screaming Skull,” 1908
  3. Algernon Blackwood, “The Willows,” 1907
  4. Saki, “Sredni Vashtar,” 1910
  5. M.R. James, “Casting the Runes,” 1911
  6. Lord Dunsany, “How Nuth Would Have Practiced his Art,” 1912
  7. Gustav Meyrink, “The Man in the Bottle,” 1912 (translation, Austria)
  8. Georg Heym, “The Dissection,” 1913 (new translation by Gio Clairval, Germany)
  9. Hanns Heinz Ewers, “The Spider,” 1915 (translation, Germany)
  10. Rabindranath Tagore, “The Hungry Stones,” 1916 (India)
  11. Luigi Ugolini, “The Vegetable Man,” 1917 (new translation by Anna and Brendan Connell, Italy; first-ever translation into English)
  12. A. Merritt, “The People of the Pit,” 1918
  13. Ryunosuke Akutagawa, “The Hell Screen,” 1918 (new translation, Japan)
  14. Francis Stevens (Gertrude Barrows Bennett), “Unseen-Unfeared,” 1919
  15. Franz Kafka, “In the Penal Colony,” 1919 (translation, German/Czech)
  16. Stefan Grabinski, “The White Weyrak,” 1921 (translation, Poland)
  17. H.F. Arnold, “The Night Wire,” 1926
  18. H.P. Lovecraft, “The Dunwich Horror,” 1929
  19. Margaret Irwin, “The Book,” 1930
  20. Jean Ray, “The Mainz Psalter,” 1930 (translation, Belgium)
  21. Jean Ray, “The Shadowy Street,” 1931 (translation, Belgium)
  22. Clark Ashton Smith, “Genius Loci,” 1933
  23. Hagiwara Sakutoro, “The Town of Cats,” 1935 (translation, Japan)
  24. Hugh Walpole, “The Tarn,” 1936
  25. Bruno Schulz, “Sanatorium at the Sign of the Hourglass,” 1937 (translation, Poland)
  26. Robert Barbour Johnson, “Far Below,” 1939
  27. Fritz Leiber, “Smoke Ghost,” 1941
  28. Leonora Carrington, “White Rabbits,” 1941
  29. Donald Wollheim, “Mimic,” 1942
  30. Ray Bradbury, “The Crowd,” 1943
  31. William Sansom, “The Long Sheet,” 1944
  32. Jorge Luis Borges, “The Aleph,” 1945 (translation, Argentina)
  33. Olympe Bhely-Quenum, “A Child in the Bush of Ghosts,” 1949 (Benin)
  34. Shirley Jackson, “The Summer People,” 1950
  35. Margaret St. Clair, “The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles,” 1951
  36. Robert Bloch, “The Hungry House,” 1951
  37. Augusto Monterroso, “Mister Taylor,” 1952 (new translation by Larry Nolen, Guatemala)
  38. Amos Tutuola, “The Complete Gentleman,” 1952 (Nigeria)
  39. Jerome Bixby, “It’s a Good Life,” 1953
  40. Julio Cortazar, “Axolotl,” 1956 (new translation by Gio Clairval, Argentina)
  41. William Sansom, “A Woman Seldom Found,” 1956
  42. Charles Beaumont, “The Howling Man,” 1959
  43. Mervyn Peake, “Same Time, Same Place,” 1963
  44. Dino Buzzati, “The Colomber,” 1966 (new translation by Gio Clairval, Italy)
  45. Michel Bernanos, “The Other Side of the Mountain,” 1967 (new translation by Gio Clairval, France)
  46. Merce Rodoreda, “The Salamander,” 1967 (translation, Catalan)
  47. Claude Seignolle, “The Ghoulbird,” 1967 (new translation by Gio Clairval, France)
  48. Gahan Wilson, “The Sea Was Wet As Wet Could Be,” 1967
  49. Daphne Du Maurier, “Don’t Look Now,” 1971
  50. Robert Aickman, “The Hospice,” 1975
  51. Dennis Etchison, “It Only Comes Out at Night,” 1976
  52. James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Sheldon), “The Psychologist Who Wouldn’t Do Terrible Things to Rats,” 1976
  53. Eric Basso, “The Beak Doctor,” 1977
  54. Jamaica Kincaid, “Mother,” 1978 (Antigua and Barbuda/US)
  55. George R.R. Martin, “Sandkings,” 1979
  56. Bob Leman, “Window,” 1980
  57. Ramsey Campbell, “The Brood,” 1980
  58. Michael Shea, “The Autopsy,” 1980
  59. William Gibson/John Shirley, “The Belonging Kind,” 1981
  60. M. John Harrison, “Egnaro,” 1981
  61. Joanna Russ, “The Little Dirty Girl,” 1982
  62. M. John Harrison, “The New Rays,” 1982
  63. Premendra Mitra, “The Discovery of Telenapota,” 1984 (translation, India)
  64. F. Paul Wilson, “Soft,” 1984
  65. Octavia Butler, “Bloodchild,” 1984
  66. Clive Barker, “In the Hills, the Cities,” 1984
  67. Leena Krohn, “Tainaron,” 1985 (translation, Finland)
  68. Garry Kilworth, “Hogfoot Right and Bird-hands,” 1987
  69. Lucius Shepard, “Shades,” 1987
  70. Harlan Ellison, “The Function of Dream Sleep,” 1988
  71. Ben Okri, “Worlds That Flourish,” 1988 (Nigeria)
  72. Elizabeth Hand, “The Boy in the Tree,” 1989
  73. Joyce Carol Oates, “Family,” 1989
  74. Poppy Z Brite, “His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood,” 1990
  75. Michal Ajvaz, “The End of the Garden,” 1991 (translation, Czech)
  76. Karen Joy Fowler, “The Dark,” 1991
  77. Kathe Koja, “Angels in Love,” 1991
  78. Haruki Murakami, “The Ice Man,” 1991 (translation, Japan)
  79. Lisa Tuttle, “Replacements,” 1992
  80. Marc Laidlaw, “The Diane Arbus Suicide Portfolio,” 1993
  81. Steven Utley, “The Country Doctor,” 1993
  82. William Browning Spenser, “The Ocean and All Its Devices,” 1994
  83. Jeffrey Ford, “The Delicate,” 1994
  84. Martin Simpson, “Last Rites and Resurrections,” 1994
  85. Stephen King, “The Man in the Black Suit,” 1994
  86. Angela Carter, “The Snow Pavilion,” 1995
  87. Craig Padawer, “The Meat Garden,” 1996
  88. Stepan Chapman, “The Stiff and the Stile,” 1997
  89. Tanith Lee, “Yellow and Red,” 1998
  90. Kelly Link, “The Specialist’s Hat,” 1998
  91. Caitlin R. Kiernan, “A Redress for Andromeda,” 2000
  92. Michael Chabon, “The God of Dark Laughter,” 2001
  93. China Mieville, “Details,” 2002
  94. Michael Cisco, “The Genius of Assassins,” 2002
  95. Neil Gaiman, “Feeders and Eaters,” 2002
  96. Jeff VanderMeer, “The Cage,” 2002
  97. Jeffrey Ford, “The Beautiful Gelreesh,” 2003
  98. Thomas Ligotti, “The Town Manager,” 2003
  99. Brian Evenson, “The Brotherhood of Mutilation,” 2003
  100. Mark Samuels, “The White Hands,” 2003
  101. Daniel Abraham, “Flat Diana,” 2004
  102. Margo Lanagan, “Singing My Sister Down,” 2005 (Australia)
  103. T.M. Wright, “The People on the Island,” 2005
  104. Laird Barron, “The Forest,” 2007
  105. Liz Williams, “The Hide,” 2007
  106. Reza Negarestani, “The Dust Enforcer,” 2008 (Iran)
  107. Micaela Morrissette, “The Familiars,” 2009
  108. Steve Duffy, “In the Lion’s Den,” 2009
  109. Stephen Graham Jones, “Little Lambs,” 2009
  110. K.J. Bishop, “Saving the Gleeful Horse,” 2010 (Australia)

Coming soon: A comapnion website Weird Fiction Review.

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