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The State of Weird by Helen Marshall

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The following essay is a reflection on the nature of weird fiction by author and editor Helen Marshall, which serves as the introduction to Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 4.


Excellent write-up, Id be interesting in hearing what TLOers think about it.
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Re: The State of Weird by Helen Marshall

"The tumultuous events of the last twelve months have been a shock to the system as one by one our certainties about the way things are have been cast aside."

It seems a bit late in the day to be discovering uncertainty. I'm also not sure who the "we" is behind the "our" here. For all the talk of "the other", it seems there are some people who are shocked to find that such a thing actually exists.

I agree with M. John Harrison's concerns, as quoted, though. I say "though" - actually, my agreement with such concerns is consonant with my surprise to find some people so shocked at the loss of their certainties.

"Irreverence is a greater oaf than Superstition" - W.H. Auden
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Re: The State of Weird by Helen Marshall

Eh, for me strange fiction is about transcendence over these concerns.

'I believe in what the Germans term Ehrfurcht: reverence for things one cannot understand.'
― Robert Aickman, An Essay
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