Re: Weird Fiction
Some very good stories there. Nice to see some of the relatively lesser known foreign giants like Buzzati, Akutagawa, Cortazar, etc although I would have chosen different stories to represent them in a couple of cases. Also nice to see Borges there, whose vast contribution to weird fiction has long been ignored IMO. Some of the writers I've never heard of, which is always exciting.
A few names that I would have added: Edogawa Rampo, Kobo Abe, Horacio Quiroga, Roland Topor, and Paul Bowles. Rampo and Bowles wrote two of the most powerful pieces of weird fiction I've ever read, though in both cases no supernatural element was present. Quiroga also wrote some exceedingly powerful and twisted tales, and was a big influence on the development of fantasy fiction in South America.
On the subject of Tiptree, I've lately come to think of her as most definitely writing in the spirit of weird fiction, if not in the genre. Her short story, The Screwfly Solution, is quintessential weird horror with a science fictional veneer. Explanations are brought forward, but the threat that is faced is so overwhelming and so outside the natural experience of humankind as to evoke the starkest form of terror.
Last edited by nomadman; 11th May 2012 at 01:13 PM.