Flowchart: what is Weird fiction?


14 Responses to “Flowchart: what is Weird fiction?”

  1. Nathan Edwards says:

    By this standard Mieville’s “The City & The City” certainly qualifies. Discussing the book with a friend, we couldn’t even agree if the cities’ overlap was magic-topographical or mundane. 

    • Tynam says:

      OK, I’ll bite. How can the overlap possibly be other than mundane?  Isn’t that the whole point?  An outsider needs weeks of training just to not goof immediately by reacting to, say, a pedestrian in the other city.

      (Also, there’s no unexplained / inexplicable horror there, unless you count the existential horror the protagonist feels at the concept of Breach.)

    • angusm says:

      China Mieville was describing his works as ‘weird fiction’ back before “The City & the City”, but stuff like ‘Perdido Street Station’ probably wouldn’t qualify according to this decision tree.

  2. hymenopterid says:

    Are there any sounds which could be described as cacodaemoniacal?

  3. Is it likely to use the verb “adumbrate”?

    It likely to put caps on vague but extremely suggestive phrases like….”Things from Outside”…?

    Does it make you feel after reading it that surely such things could be described only by a seer who has dwelt overlong on the perilous verges and has peered too deeply into the regions veiled by invisibility from normal sight?

    • angusm says:

      Is anything in the story described as ‘squamous’, or ‘rugose’?

      • Jonathan Badger says:

        The hilarious thing is even though I was introduced to those adjectives through Lovecraft and his imitators, they are perfectly normal adjectives for describing the appearance of tumors and occur regularly in scientific papers. So cancer is Lovecraftian, I guess.

  4. Todd Fife says:

    All I have to say is Fish Head by Irvin S. Cobb

  5. truffle says:

    It’s called the fantastic, and it’s a feeder literary genre for fantasy, horror and sci-fi. Anybody read “The Turn of the Screw”?

  6. miasm says:

    I would like to submit the term ‘extra-dimensional nihilism’ to describe the ‘what‘ in ‘don’t know what you’re reading’

  7. Jesse in Japan says:

    Where would something like Haruki Murakami’s “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” fit in there, I wonder?

  8. Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston says:

    “Does this destabilize (your perception of) the world, leaving you less significant than you thought you were?”

    Well… soooooomebody’s a wee bit precious and self-important about their writing. You wrote about a goat demon coming into the world through a little boy’s pacekmaker, or whatever. It’s hardly epiphanic.

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