weird fiction

subgenre of speculative fiction originating in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Weird fiction is a subgenre of speculative fiction originating in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Weird fiction either eschews or radically reinterprets ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and other traditional antagonists of supernatural horror fiction. Weird fiction is sometimes symbolised by the "tentacle". The tentacle is a limb-type absent from most of the monsters of European folklore and gothic fiction, but often attached to the monstrous creatures created by weird fiction writers such as William Hope Hodgson, M. R. James, and H. P. Lovecraft. Weird fiction often attempts to inspire awe as well as fear in response to its fictional creations, causing commentators like China Miéville to say that weird fiction evokes a sense of the numinous. Although "weird fiction" has been chiefly used as a historical description for works through the 1930s, the term has also been increasingly used since the 1980s, sometimes to describe slipstream fiction that blends horror, fantasy, and science fiction.
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The City & the City

science fiction novel by China Miéville

author: China Miéville

2009

Kraken

novel by China Miéville

author: China Miéville

2010

The Willows

short story by Algernon Blackwood

author: Algernon Blackwood

1907

The Wendigo

book by Algernon Blackwood

author: Algernon Blackwood

1910

Occultation and Other Stories

short-story collection by Laird Barron

author: Laird Barron

2010

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