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Cover & Synopsis: YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION, VOLUME 1 edited by Laird Barron

Here’s the excellent cover art (larger version below) for Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume 1 edited by Laird Barron, coming soon from Undertow Publications. Cover art is by Santiago Caruso and the design is by Vince Haig.

Here’s the synopsis:

Undertow Publications is home to the acclaimed weird journal Shadows & Tall Trees. Our first publication, Apparitions, was a Shirley Jackson Award Finalist, and several stories from ‘Shadows & Tall Trees’ have been selected for reprint in “Best Of” anthologies.

Each volume of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction will feature a different editor. Weird fiction is a diverse and eclectic mode of literature, and we are excited to see varying viewpoints. In fact, we are confident that the volume will see little if any overlap with the various other “Best Of” anthologies. And we could think of no one better than Laird Barron to helm the inaugural volume.

Along with up to 125,000 words of the finest strange fiction from the previous year, each volume will include an introduction from the editor, a year in review column, and a short list of other notable stories. The book will be available in trade-paperback format and as DRM-free ePub and Mobi eBooks. The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume 1, is slated for publication in late summer/early fall of 2014.

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2 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION, VOLUME 1 edited by Laird Barron

  1. David Greybeard // February 14, 2014 at 9:43 am //

    Love the 70s style artwork.

  2. Cover is sweet, But does the title place a emphasis on what the world “Weird” actually means or just as it is used to describe Lovecraft inspired fiction.

    While I disagree with Vandermeer(A Weird Guy)and think that Lovecraft is the most fitting(physical)symbol of Horror. But I don’t know if I’m ready for the sub genre he defines to take the Damnable Zombie route where everything(and it’s mother) has to be Lovecraftian.

    Evolve it enough to include Weird stuff, Say Foreign Avant-garde or David Lynch stuff. Have to include today’s modern version of weird to the tale.

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