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By Jeff VanderMeer

Descend into shadowy towns, gruesome rituals, chaotic gala's, and lethal cults. Plunge into terrifying domain names, the place our bodies are remade into surreal monstrosities, the place the determined rage opposed to brutal tyrants. the place every thing is deadly and not anyone is blameless, the place Peake begun and Lovecraft left off—this is the place you'll find the hot Weird.

Edgy, city fiction with a visceral immediacy, the recent bizarre has descended from vintage fable and dime-store pulp novels, from horror and detective comics, from thrillers and noir. All grown-up, it emerges from the chrysalis of nostalgia as newly literate, surprising, and totally innovative.

Here is the superior of the recent bizarre from a few of its maximum practitioners. This canonic anthology collects the unique on-line debates first defining the recent bizarre and demanding writings from overseas editors, culminating in a ground-breaking round-robin piece, “Festival Lives,” which good points the various most well-liked new names in New bizarre fiction.

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