Originally Posted by creynier
please define "weird-fiction"
I'd say that's at least part of the point of the thread, really... and, as the above entries show, that's not an easy thing to do......
On the subject of this anthology in particular... I'll have to get my hands on it at some point; too many things there I don't have, and a fair number I've not read!
On Poe not being considered weird... again, it depends on who is defining it. The editor here may have excluded him, but to many he is one of the fathers of the genre... and I think a fair number of his works would certainly fit.
Weird and sf do go together, though... think of several of the stories in Groff Conklin's Science Fiction Terror Tales
, or John W. Campbell's "Twilight" (as moody a piece as one can find); a number of Lovecraft's tales fall into this category: At the Mountains of Madness
, "The Colour Out of Space", "The Shadow Out of Time", "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", "The Dreams in the Witch House", "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Whisperer in Darkness"... even "The Dunwich Horror", given the sort of beings the Old Ones are, according to the hints in the tale (super-advanced alien creatures on the level of what we would see as "gods"). There are any number of other examples.
It is a particularly difficult form to pin down because the term itself has often been used for wildly different sorts of things, from sword-and-sorcery fiction to the stranger sorts of sf to outright horror tales... and even humorous fantasy which had a hint of the uncanny, bizarre, or strange to them....
This is especially true now that we have such things as "the new weird" or the anthology New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird
, which is very Lovecraftian without being restricted to what that term generally implies. I don't think there will be any consensus of opinion on its use, even critically speaking, for a good while yet, if ever....