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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 2022 – December 2022

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 = 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

12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Ckarabela

Ckarabela

The Luminous Dead
The Ritual
Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Engelbrecht

Engelbrecht

The Blizzard
Bunny
Earthlings:  A Novel
The Escapement
The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Mordew
Rabbit Island
The Song of Synth
Spontaneous Human Combustion
The Women of Weird Tales
You Should Have Left
finminer

finminer

Bag of Bones
Dracula
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Haunted Hotel & Other Stories
The Last House on Needless Street
Night Visions 5
The Skin Trade
Summer of Night
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural
You're All Alone
2
1
Hneite

Hneite

The Adventures of Pinocchio
Akata Witch
A Borrowed Man
Captain Proton:  Defender of the Earth
Dichronauts
Empire of the Sun
Heart of A Dog
I, Q
Spontaneous Human Combustion
Time Out of Joint
Trips to the Moon
'Twixt Dog and Wolf
imnotsusan

imnotsusan

The Affirmation
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy
Frankenstein in Baghdad
The Memory Police
The Memory Theater
A Nest of Nightmares
Not Before Sundown (Troll:  A Love Story)
Paradise Rot
The Physiognomy
The Trial
Vita Nostra
The Wilds
Momosnyx

Momosnyx

Salem's Lot
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
niriop

niriop

Greetings from Earth: New and Collected Stories
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
ScoLgo

ScoLgo

The Atrocity Archives
The Properties of Rooftop Air
Uncle Silas
Scott Laz

Scott Laz

3
2
1
thereddeath

thereddeath

3
2
1
Weesam

Weesam

A Cosmology of Monsters
Dwellers in the Mirage
The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir
Museum of the Weird
Scorch Atlas
Soot
Sorrowland
Stories for the Nighttime and Some for the Day
There Is No Year
Three Scenarios in which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail
'Twixt Dog and Wolf
The Women of Weird Tales