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Worlds Without End Roll-Your-Own Reading Challenge

The Weirdness Reading Challenge

The Weirdness Reading Challenge

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 2019 – December 2019

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 of Miskatonic U = 6 books + 2 reviews
 Worshipper of Dagon = 9 books + 3 reviews
 High Priest of Cthulhu = 12 books + 6 reviews

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

charlesdee

charlesdee

The Beetle:  A Mystery
2
1
DarthSweaterVest

DarthSweaterVest

The Atrocity Archives
The Concrete Jungle
The Jennifer Morgue
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
DeirdriuWRS

DeirdriuWRS

The Big Time
Embassytown
Empty Space: A Haunting
The Haunting of Hill House
Kallocain
Light
Nova Swing
Railsea
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
3
2
1
Engelbrecht

Engelbrecht

6
5
4
3
2
1
Hneite

Hneite

Acceptance
The Art of Starving
Beneath the Sugar Sky
Down Among the Sticks and Bones
Envy of Angels: A Sin du Jour Affair
Every Heart a Doorway
The Hungry Moon
The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir
Lustlocked:  A Sin du Jour Affair
Pride's Spell
River of Teeth
Virtual Mode
thejessleigh

thejessleigh

6
5
4
3
2
1
Weesam

Weesam

Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories
The Beyond
Blood Kin
H. P. Lovecraft and Others:  Shadows Over Innsmouth
H. P. Lovecraft and Others:  Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth
H. P. Lovecraft and Others:  Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth
The House of Souls
Memoranda
The Physiognomy
Skullcrack City
The Weird:  A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
The Wretch of the Sun