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Worlds Without End Roll-Your-Own Reading Challenge

The Weirdness

The Weirdness

What is it with The Weird? I know that Lovecraft was weird, and before him there was Clark Ashton Smith and Arthur Machen. There was the magazine Weird Tales which sounds like it should have been weird. Jeff and Anne VanderMeer have published an 1100 page anthology of The Weird, and I've read their definition of it -- several times. But I'm still not sure I get it. And now to further complicate things, there is The New Weird.

So this year I am going to read as much weird ficition as I can find.

The Wikipedia entry on Weird Fiction lists over 50 weird writers, and there is the table of contents from the VanderMeer's book with right at 100. There is also the e-jounal Weird Fiction Review, where you can read interviews with current weird -- or I guess that should be "New Weird" practictioners and get leads to many new publications. Weirdness seems to find its natural home in short stories more so than novels, so if you sign up for a year of weirdness, expect to read a lot of collections and anthologies.

There is now a sub-genre heading for Weird in Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy. I have begun to label titles. Be sure to add the subgenre label to whatever you read if it is not already there. And remember that any book or writer not currentlly in the WWEnd database can be added. Make your requests through the "Can't Find the Book You Want" forum.

Let The Weirdness begin.

Challenge Details
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Challenge Span: January 2018 – December 2018

Reading Levels
Select your reading level below. You can adjust your level up or down at any time during the challenge.

 Resident of Arkham = 3 books + 1 reviews
 Student at Miskatonic U = 6 books + 2 reviews
 Worshipper of Dagon = 9 books + 3 reviews
 High Priest of Cthulhu = 12 books + 4 reviews

Note: You must be a logged in member of WWEnd to join this challenge. Join WWEnd

charlesdee

charlesdee

The Megarothke
2
1
dalex

dalex

Borne
The Sky Is Yours
Vigil
DeirdriuWRS

DeirdriuWRS

The Drowning Girl
Iron Council
The Scar
The Shadow of the Torturer
Waking the Moon
1
Hneite

Hneite

Annihilation
The City & the City
The Divine Invasion
The Graveyard Book
The Maze Runner
The Rook
Sourdough
Valis
4
3
2
1
JonRuddock

JonRuddock

Fahrenheit 451
The Fifth Season
The Obelisk Gate
MaggieK

MaggieK

Cold Hand in Mine
Winter Tide
4
3
2
1
Momosnyx

Momosnyx

Black Helicopters
Carrie
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume 1
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume Three
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
morpheus

morpheus

Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories
The Ballad of Black Tom
The New Weird
strongaf

strongaf

The Ballad of Black Tom
Dark Forces
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
Lovecraft Country
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
thereddeath

thereddeath

3
2
1
Weesam

Weesam

Dark Entries
Datura
The Hill of Dreams
Ice
Lincoln in the Bardo
Looking for Jake: Stories
New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird
New Cthulhu:  The Recent Weird
The New Weird
Night-Pieces
The Other Side
The Stars Askew