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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 2017 – December 2017

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 Floating Gods / In Viriconium
The Pastel City
A Storm of Wings
The Wine-Dark Sea
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
dalex

dalex

The Beautiful Bureaucrat
Borne
Dreams of Shreds and Tatters
The Engine's Child
The Litany of Earth
Living Next Door to the God of Love
The Moon King
The Music of Razors
The Opposite House
Suspended Heart
The Unfinished World and Other Stories
The Vorrh
km098

km098

3
2
1
MaggieK

MaggieK

The Wasp Factory
5
4
3
2
1
Momosnyx

Momosnyx

Agents of Dreamland
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
morpheus

morpheus

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories
Bird Box
The End of the Story
In the Land of Time and Other Fantasy Tales
The New Weird
The President's Brain Is Missing
Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe
Tales of Horror and the Supernatural
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories
The Weird:  A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
Welcome to Night Vale
strongaf

strongaf

Fantastic Worlds: Myths, Tales, and Stories
The Invention of Morel
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
thereddeath

thereddeath

3
2
1
undutiness

undutiness

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories
Weesam

Weesam

The Ballad of Black Tom
The Blind Owl
The Castle
Children of Lovecraft
Deadman's Road
The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe
The Fisherman
Memoirs of a Porcupine
Mr. Splitfoot
The Old Gods Waken
Tainaron:  Mail from Another City
Unwrapped Sky