The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories - Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer This book is a wonderful assortment of horror, fantasy, quirky and downright bizarre tales all neatly wrapped up in a bow of weirdness. It's also the probably the best anthology that I've come across years, nay, ever.This gigantic, titan of a book has tales dating back from the nineteenth century to the present day. There are some classic tales in here such as 'The Willows' by Blackwood, 'The Dunwich Horror' by Lovecraft, the sublime 'Don't Look Now by Du Maurier and 'It's a Good Life' by Bixby which was adapted in the classic series of the Twilight Zone.The book's real selling points, however, are its collection of lesser known works by well known authors, and more importantly, tales which have been completely forgotten ,or simply never reached enough audiences.There are far too many individual stories to mention, but the majority of these tales certainly struck a chord with me and I'll certainly be look out for some of the authors at a later date.Of course, there are a few clangers in here, but given the sheer size of the book they are barely worth mentioning.Highly recommended.