Year's Best Weird Fiction: Volume Three
Edited by Simon Strantzas and Michael Kelly.
Showcasing the finest weird fiction from 2015, volume 3 of the Year's Best Weird Fiction is our biggest and most ambitious volume to date.
Acclaimed editors Simon Strantzas and Michael Kelly bring their keen editorial sensibilities to the third volume of the Year's Best Weird Fiction. The best weird stories of 2015 features work from Robert Aickman, Matthew M. Bartlett, Sadie Bruce, Nadia Bulkin, Ramsey Campbell, Brian Conn, Brian Evenson, L.S. Johnson, Rebecca Kuder, Tim Lebbon, Reggie Oliver, Lynda E. Rucker, Robert Shearman, Christopher Slatsky, D.P. Watt, Michael Wehunt, Marian Womack, Genevieve Valentine.
No longer the purview of esoteric readers, weird fiction is enjoying wide popularity. Chiefly derived from early 20th-century pulp fiction, its remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and a healthy helping of the outre. At its best, weird fiction is an intersecting of themes and ideas that explore and subvert the Laws of Nature. It is not confined to one genre, but is the most diverse and welcoming of all genres.
- “The Strangers” by Robert Aickman
- “Rangel” by Matthew M. Bartlett
- “Little Girls in Bone Museums” by Sadie Bruce
- “Violet is the Color of Your Energy” by Nadia Bulkin
- “Fetched” by Ramsey Campbell
- “Guest” by Brian Conn
- “The Marking” by Kristi DeMeester
- “Seaside Town” by Brian Evenson
- “Julie” by L.S. Johnson
- “Rabbit, Cat, Girl” by Rebecca Kuder
- “Strange Currents” by Tim Lebbon
- “The Rooms Are High” by Reggie Oliver
- “The Seventh Wave” by Lynda E. Rucker
- “Blood” by Robert Shearman
- “Loveliness Like a Shadow” by Christopher Slatsky
- “Honey Moon” by D.P. Watt
- “The Devil Under the Maison Blue” by Michael Wehunt
- “Orange Dogs” by Marian Womack
- “Visit Lovely Cornwall on the Western Railway Line” by Genevieve Valentine
Simon Strantzas is the author of the story collections Beneath the Surface (2008), Cold to the Touch (2009), Nightingale Songs (2011), and Burnt Black Suns (2014). His stories have appeared in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, the Black Wings series, and elsewhere. He resides in Toronto, Canada.
Year's Best Weird Fiction consists of five works. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.