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Did one of your favorite weird storytellers not make our list of The 85 Weirdest? That’s okay — we want YOU to spread the word right here! This is our new permanent page where readers can recommend weird storytellers that other Weird Tales readers might enjoy. Tell us who you love, why they’re so strange, and what we ought to go check out!

  1. Damien G. Walter
    Damien G. Walter03-25-2008

    I think Graham Joyce deserves a shout-out. he won the World Fantasy Award a couple of years back and has been banging out some of the strangest fiction on either side of the Atlantic for some years now.

    http://www.grahamjoyce.net/

  2. Rob Davies
    Rob Davies03-25-2008

    Iain Banks. Many of his books would qualify, but The Wasp Factory is one of my favorite.

  3. Raymond H. Riethmeier
    Raymond H. Riethmeier03-25-2008

    Three of the names I suggested made the list (Ellison, Gilliam, Morrison), but another three did not. Here is what I suggested for the others:

    In the world of music, Jon Anderson has certainly told some wonderous [sic] stories, even if his lyrics never make any sense. I am amused that his bandmate in Yes, Rick Wakeman, has described him as the only man he knows trying to save the planet while living on an entirely different one. Perhaps the achievement best meriting him a place on this list was the weird “Tales from Topographic Oceans”: a double album of four songs, all based on no more than a footnote from shastric scriptures.

    Darrell Schweitzer deserves mention. His Sekenre stories captured a real dreamlike quality that I have never experienced elsewhere to such effect. Glorious! I have recommended the novel often, and I have given a few as gifts to some like-minded friends.

    When I think of storytellers, stand-up comedians frequently come to mind. Who has been weirder in that realm than Jonathan Winters? (Well, maybe Robin Williams, but since he’s merely channeling the still-living Winters in some manner, I don’t think it counts.)

  4. Jon Skovron
    Jon Skovron03-25-2008

    If you open it up to filmmakers, artists, and composers (Sondheim? egad!), why not playwriting? Eugene Ionesco, Jean Genet, Carol Churchill, early Tom Stoppard, Sam Beckett…these were some seriously weird folk.

  5. Weird Tales
    Weird Tales03-25-2008

    Jon — playwrights (and directors) indeed! Thornton Wilder is on the list of 85, as is, in a different genre, Stephen Sondheim. But yes, from Beckett to Antonin Artaud to Julie Taymor, there are certainly plenty more for whom a good case could be made.

  6. Grant Stone
    Grant Stone03-25-2008

    Garth Ennis! Surely he earns a permanent spot on the weird list for Preacher, if nothing else.

    And in recent music – The Decemberists. Songs about wives who are cranes, scores settled within whale bellies and the French Foreign Leigion.

  7. Barry
    Barry03-25-2008

    One of my suggetions that didn’t make the list is Richard Brautigan. Here was my vote for him:
    Richard Brautigan was part of the Beatnik generation. He was a poet, novelist, and short story writer, yet his writing wasn’t so easily classifiable. At times it seemed he wrote under the influence of LSD or some other psychotropic drug. Some of his most famous works are Trout Fishing in America (a novel) and Revenge of the Lawn (stories), but my personal favorite is In Watermelon Sugar, a novel so imaginative and endearing that I wonder why Tim Burton hasn’t already made the movie version. In this short novel, everything, and I mean everything, is at least partly made up of watermelon sugar and the lanterns that illuminate the town of iDEATH burn watermelon trout oil. There are talking tigers and strange yet familiar characters, one of whom, inBOIL, is a troubled soul that leads his gang to self-mutilation. Surprisingly, despite all the oddness, In Watermelon Sugar is a novel that will not only haunt you with its fantastic imagery, but also with its portrayal of complex friendships and its human heart. Richard Brautigan, a truly strange man that created some fantastic work.

    Also, Katherine Dunn’s novel Geek Love makes her worthy of the list as well. It is weird and well written too.

  8. mmp
    mmp03-26-2008

    Italian author Dino Buzzatti is awesome. See here: http://papersbyjoantaber.blogspot.com/2006/10/dino-buzzati-inside-fantastic.html

  9. Mike Allen
    Mike Allen03-26-2008

    Ingmar Bergman. Alfred Hitchcock. Federico Fellini. Kathy Acker. Jorge Luis Borges. Robert Aickman. Gertrude Stein. Carol Emshwiller. Queensryche. Blue Oyster Cult.

  10. Dean Lovett
    Dean Lovett03-26-2008

    Don Hertzfeldt. His animated films have a twisted view of reality. Billy’s Balloon and Rejected are excellent examples of his work.
    Don Hertzfeldt’s website:
    http://www.bitterfilms.com/

  11. brad
    brad03-26-2008

    for music i must suggest the band rasputina. two or three cellos and a drum kit, rocking out stories of yesteryear about possums in grottos, opium somking mothers, the donner party, and the pope declaring rats as fish to feed the starving people of the land.
    great stuff.

  12. Jon Healy
    Jon Healy03-26-2008

    I totally second the Don Hertzfeldt nomination. Check out “Rejected” of course, but his newer films like “Everything will be ok” and “The Meaning of Life” are even more out-there and amazing. The man is a modern genius. Don’s site (with DVDs) is: http://www.bitterfilms.com

  13. Heather S.
    Heather S.03-27-2008

    Anne Sexton – one of my favorites of all time.

  14. Nathalie
    Nathalie03-27-2008

    Abraham Merritt. Master crafter of weird tales, was said to have influenced Lovecraft. That in itself should have landed him in the list.

  15. Rob Davies
    Rob Davies03-27-2008

    I second the vote for Garth Ennis. Anyone who can come up with a character called Arseface (so afflicted because he shot himself in the face) is weird in my book.

    Stan Lee and Jack Kirby should be on the list, too. Kirby’s Fourth World stuff is insane.

  16. C. Magellan
    C. Magellan03-27-2008

    Borges!

    Haruki Murakami. George Saunders. Donald Barthelme. Kelly Link. Brian Evenson.Bruno Schulz.

    Kafka!

  17. C. Magellan
    C. Magellan03-27-2008

    oops, Kafka already made it. How about…Saramago! Amos Tutuola. Rikki Ducornet. Is Jim Henson on there? Julio Cortazar!
    Is Lewis Carroll on there? Coleridge?

  18. C. Magellan
    C. Magellan03-27-2008

    oops, I’m a complete idiot (forgot the 85 year stipulation). Sorry.

  19. Shane McDardy
    Shane McDardy03-27-2008

    Algernon Blackwood. If that doesn’t ring a bell, then just (PLEASE) read his one (just one) story: ‘Wendigo’ if this isn’t great, then I don’t know what is…

  20. Vee Hariri
    Vee Hariri03-27-2008

    John Varley, Takato Yamamoto.

    And even though I don’t like him, Chuck Palahniuk.

  21. cmb adams
    cmb adams03-27-2008

    james joyce, for fuck sake.

    I’d also like to second the brautigan suggestion.

    luigi serafini.

  22. krystolla
    krystolla03-27-2008

    Matt Ruff — no one has ever run ragged over so many sensitivities at once with such devilish skill. Plus, talking dogs.

    Christopher Moore — “Nothing says Christmas like a burning meth lab”

    Robert Anton Wilson — granted, reading the illuminated trilogy probably broke my ability to use logic for a week or so . . .

  23. Luai_lashire
    Luai_lashire03-29-2008

    I was pleased to see some of my favorite authors, artists, and musicians on this list, but one outstanding favorite of mine did not make it. Joanna Newsom’s music is both bizzare in its lyrics, which tell sweeping tales full of metaphor and darkness, and in its sound- harp accompanied by Newsom’s high-pitched, girly voice, reminiscent of Bjork. On her album Ys, she is also accompanied by a small orchestra, creating a haunting and deeply emotive sound.

  24. Govina
    Govina03-31-2008

    Eric Powell–The Goon. Come on people, a thug with a messed up face and a heart gold who fights off zombies and other nefarious business men with his lovable orphan Annie-eyed side-kick,Frankie…to protect the quaint folks in his swampy and dismal depression era-esque town and maybe skim a little off the top. If you’re looking for a pulp influence, it’s all there…crime, intrigue big breasted dames, vampy vixens, zombies, gypsy fortune tellers, giant talking spiders. Eric Powell is the bastard love child conceived in the literary orgies of Lovecraft and Machen and Dunsany etc. Also must second Kathrine Dunn…Tom Robbins, Ken Kesey and John Kennedy Toole–so what if he won a Pulitzer, Ignatius was still pretty weird.

  25. Magan Rodriguez
    Magan Rodriguez04-05-2008

    Where is Caitlín R. Kiernan? Surely she deserves to be on this list? She’s written some of the best ‘weird’ this side of Lovecraft!

  26. Allison Rich
    Allison Rich04-05-2008

    Thank you, thank you for adding my beloved Nick Cave to the 85 Weirdest, but I must insist that Bad Seed guitarist, and one of the founders of the avant garde German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten (http://www.neubauten.org), Blixa Bargeld, be included in this list!! There is no aspect of art to which he has not contributed: art, music, photography, philosophy, acting in film and theatre. I am convinced that Blixa is merely gracing us with his presence and just visiting this planet. In any case, I have one more to add which I will do in a separate entry, but Blixa must be included!!! ~Allison Rich

  27. Allison Rich
    Allison Rich04-05-2008

    And one more …. Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love, one of the best books ever written. If anyone could ever be considered on par with Angela Carter (worth of that 85 and one of the top 10 to me…), it would be Katherine Dunn. The website listed is a synopsis of this brilliant piece of fiction. Again, I loved the choices you gave in the 85 but she must join the list with the left out … ~Allison Rich

  28. Janet
    Janet04-06-2008

    How could you not include Diamanda Galas?

  29. Allison Rich
    Allison Rich04-06-2008

    Finally read all the whole article word for word. Chuck Shepherd and News of the Weird, YES!! I love that guy!!! In addition to Charles Addams and Gary Larson, I would most definitely have to add Gahan Wilson (http://www.gahanwilson.com/) who, as he he writes was “born dead, and is still weird”. Besides being a wonderful comic artist with the same ironic and wicked sense of humor as Charles Addams, he is also an author. His short story “The Sea Was Wet as Wet Could Be” is a decidedly wicked reading of Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter. I would also love to add Diane Arbus who took photographs of human pincushions, headless women, children with toy hand grenades, giants, dwarves, cross-dressers, and the mentally challenged. And thanks to everyone before me who mentioned Katherine Dunn. Weird Tales readers are so erudite and have such good taste!!! – Allison Rich

  30. Ramsey Campbell
    Ramsey Campbell04-11-2008

    I can think of very few writers of the last eighty-five years who could equal Robert Aickman in terms of undiluted unapologetic weirdness.

    And on the painting front, Dali but no Magritte? Surely a purer surrealist.

  31. Ramsey Campbell
    Ramsey Campbell04-14-2008

    And David Lynch certainly deserves his listing, but I would have thought his great predecessor in the cinema of surrealism does too – that’s to say (if anyone needs me to be more specific) Luis Bunuel.

  32. Ben
    Ben04-23-2008

    Someone already mentioned Ken Nordine, who is worthy of a mention. In that radio, word jazz vein, Joe Frank also deserves a mention.

    Another one that has been somewhat influential is Douglas Coupland. It seems like Generation X, Cities of Glass, and Souvenir of Canada brought some different ideas on book design into the mainstream.

    Neal Stephenson is missing from the list, but seem to be influential as well.

    Finally, I might suggest Dave Eggers as a possibility. With McSweeney’s and Wholphin, he seems to have opened up the doors to some weird story tellers.

  33. J M McDermott
    J M McDermott05-03-2008

    Was Jim Henson on the list?

    He belongs there. The Dark Crystal, The Labyrinth, the early years full of bizarre art and strange asides in Sesame Street, Jim Henson Presents, the special effects company that does wonders on a regular basis, ooh “Fraggle Rock”, etc, etc, etc,

    Jim Henson belongs here.

  34. J M McDermott
    J M McDermott05-03-2008

    And… as soon as I post that, I see him on the list.

    BEcause, apparently, I can’t read.

  35. Mike Arnzen
    Mike Arnzen05-15-2008

    Don Hertzfedlt — YES!

    Also: D. Harlan Wilson, Carlton Mellick III, and the whole Bizarro community. They’re like “paraweird.”

    Keep up the great work with this magazine… I love where it’s going in the 21st C!

    Michael A. Arnzen, gorelets.com

  36. Liz
    Liz05-21-2008

    Director Alejandro Jodorowsky. See: El Topo & Holy Mountain. Also, Dario Argento.

  37. Guy!
    Guy!06-08-2008

    -Yoshiyuki Sadamato, one of the founding members of Gainax studios (FLCL, Neon Genesis Evangelion), and main writer of Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    -Richard Kelly, wrote Donnie Darko and Southland Tales
    -Frank Miller, senior version of Batman wins against Superman? Spartans fighting the Persians? Man who is only a torso becomes a ronin? need i say more?
    -Alexey Pajitnov, created Tetris
    -Syd Barret, original guitarist for Pink Floyd, after he went crazy he did a little recording. ‘Gigolo Aunt,’ ’nuff said
    -Mike Mignola, wrote HellBoy
    -Shigeru Miyamoto, created Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Pikmin, etc.
    -Terry Pratchett, wrote Discworld, a huge series of book about a falt world (a disc, if you would) that sits on the back of four elephants, which stand on the back of a giant turtle hurtling through space
    -Phillip Reeve, wrote the Hungry City Chronicles, a quartet of books about a future where cities roam about on huge treads, eating eachother
    And there are SO MANY MORE

  38. Tracy W. Harris
    Tracy W. Harris06-16-2008

    The 85th anniversary issue was immensely enjoyable. I agree with the list for the most part but I would have added visual artist and author Ralph Steadman. His books, THE GRAPES OF RALPH and UNTRODDEN GRAPES has never made wine a more interesting and brain tickling subject. His mind-bending artwork has blessed the pages as illustrations to such classics as Hunter S. Thompson’s FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, Lewis Carroll’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and George Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM. Speaking of George Orwell, I find it darn near unacceptable that he was not on the list. He’s one of the masters of the weird. If 1984 did trouble you to the core of your being, well….you have no core. There, I’ve said my peace.

  39. r.m. morrow
    r.m. morrow06-19-2008

    Writers: Chuck Palahniuk (most of his works are merely transgressive realism; but “Lullaby”, “Haunted” and “Rant” touch the weird) and Will Self (self-explanatory, but from the satanic apprenticeship
    in “My Idea of Fun” to the ape-topia of “Great Apes” and short stories about houseflies doing a man’s evil bidding, mothers coming back to life, psychiatrists waging war via patient referral, Self has touched the weird, too.)
    Cartoonist: Gahan Wilson (some people claim to read Playboy for the articles on wiring car stereos and the 10-run rule in baseball; I claim to read it for Gahan’s insane snapshots of killer eye doctors, conspiring attic toys, etc.)
    Director: Guy Maddin.

  40. Tait McKenzie Johnson
    Tait McKenzie Johnson06-22-2008

    I would have to second many of these additions- Borges, Cortazar, Jean Genet, Beckett (how could he not be on the list!?), Brautigan, Jodorowski, James Joyce, Galas, Bruno Schulz (though maybe not w/in 85 years, too bad)… but there’s plenty more who I am shocked not to see.

    The Brothers Quay- dark and nightmarish puppet animation, as well as their influence, Jan Svankmeyer.

    Kenneth Patchen- “The Journal of Albion Moonlight” is about the weirdest most fraught book I’ve ever read, (World War II as a nightmare in a hotel with wolves, featuring a fight between Hitler and Jesus).

    Jose Donoso- actually, maybe “The Obscene Bird of Night” is the weirdest- a labyrinth in which the mutant heir to a Latin American family is kept from finding out he is a mutant. This is the nightmare version of “One Hundred Years of Solitude.”

    Felisberto Hernandez- also not w/in 85 years, but was the biggest influence on the Latin American magical realists, as a piano player for silent films, most of Felisberto’s stories are about pianists taken to rich mansions where people turn into and out of dolls.

    Mircea Eliade- the father of “comparative religion,” put his extensive knowledge of mythology towards writing stories of the occult, world wars, identity shifts, etc. Heavily under-appreciated.

    Nick Blinko- singer/ guitarist of punk band Rudimentary Peni, was clinically insane and heavily influenced by Lovecraft, drew some of the most astounding outsider art for their covers (very similar but prior to style of “Nightmare Before Christmas”), and wrote a memoir about going insane from his psychologist’s point of view.

    Mark Z. Danielewski- “The House of Leaves” is an underground classic passed around the internet for years before it was published, a horror story about a house that is larger on the inside, told as the academic notes of a blind man killed by the horror in his story.

    Wow, I could keep going but that’s enough for now.

  41. Matthew
    Matthew06-23-2008

    I’m suprise Borges is not on the list. I think people who like Lovecraftian horror would like the manga Uzumaki by Junji Ito. It deals with a town in Japan that is haunted not by a spirit but by the pattern of a spiral. The series it self is a bit like a spiral as things spin out control as characters go mad, turn in giant sluggs and ends in a moment of Lovecraftian horror.

  42. Ujjwal Dey
    Ujjwal Dey07-03-2008

    Hi,

    Haruki Murakami would easily qualify for Weird Fiction – including both his novels and short story collections.

    Known as a major Literary Fiction Writer and called by Media as a Nobel Winner-in-waiting – I would suggest you browse through the books:
    1. The Elephant Vanishes (short story collection)
    2. Windup Bird Chronicle (epic novel)
    3. Kafka by the Shore (novel)

    And then you would, like me, buy everything he ever wrote ! ! !

    Best Regards,
    Ujjwal Dey
    Bomb-aye, INDIA.

  43. Jesse
    Jesse07-12-2008

    Haruki Murakami

    There are some incredible inclusions that I was happy to see, but of course they can’t think of everyone. I was surprised no one mentioned Haruki Murakami, though, one of the greatest writers of our time. Not everything he writes is weird, and even the weirdest are a little subtle, but The Wind-up Bird Chronicles and Kafka on the Shore definitely qualify him.

  44. Jesse
    Jesse07-12-2008

    Oh goodness, Ujjwal from India, right above me, just recommended Haruki Murakami. Well, in that case, here are three posts in a row recommending him! I am with Ujjwal.

  45. Tom Ritzel
    Tom Ritzel07-12-2008

    I think the coolest poet on the scene today is Michael Salcman. He was a professor of neurosurgery at University of Maryland. He’s written poems about brain surgery, cadavers, grave despoliation, prophesying fish, terrorism, and the proper method of being devoured by an anaconda. He has a collection published, entitled The Clock Made of Confetti from Orchises Press.

  46. Jason Hardy
    Jason Hardy07-14-2008

    Excellent issue with two of the greats: Moorcock and Lee. Im glad to see they both made the list. I would add a third overlooked: Fritz Leiber. He was a very talented writer spanning several genres: horror, fantasy, SF. His classic dou Fafhrd and Grey Mouser were constantly battling the weird. Gonna Roll the Bones is a classic of weird lit i think. Smoke Ghost is one of the best ghost stories ever written.

  47. Jay Sinha
    Jay Sinha07-16-2008

    Montague Summers, he didn’t write any fiction, but he did write with bibliographical obsessiveness and credibility about witches, vampires, werewolves and about gothic fiction itself. Marquis de Sade for his extreme, violent and sometimes irrational pornography combined with rational philosophy. Lautreamont, for his “Les Chants de Maldoror”. Alien Sex Fiend and The Residents are two bands that should be mentioned. Also, H.G. Lewis namely for the film “Wizard of Gore”.

  48. Nullness
    Nullness07-17-2008

    While I’m not quite sure what the qualifications for this list are (there is more than one definition of “weird”), now is not the time to quibble over some of the more trite names on the list, or obvious ones. I’m glad someone mentioned Richard Brautigan, or otherwise I would have had to; and I won’t even begin mentioning all the directors that should be on that list.

    I would like, however, to mention one author who has been lost to history, and should definitely be on this list, as well as many others. R.A. Lafferty. Not in all the hallmarks of weird fiction is their a voice like this. Just pick up Not to Mention Camels by him and try making sense of it. All his books seem like parodies or satires of things you never knew existed, perhaps don’t even exist. It’s a shame his books have been out of print for so long, because he is truly one of literatures ‘weird’ greats.

  49. T. Simpson
    T. Simpson08-13-2008

    Lest we turn our heads only to the present and future artists a great disservice would be done to those of Weird Tales past, some more so than others. While the names Brundage and Finlay are always bandied about, and rightly so in respect to their contributions, they did so by their individual approach. Margaret sold Howard stories from hip level and added a well-turned breast for good measure. Virgil skirted the impossible with his execution and labor investment, his technique almost outshining the picture itself. And of course there was dear Hannes. While Bok’s imagination took us places we never thought to go sometimes his art may have come off as cartoonish if presented in a “I drink my tea with my pinky in the air” magazine. And that’s where we find one Mr. Lee Brown Coye. If ever there was a stark visualization of Weird Tales, it was delivered, without introduction, by Lee. Raw and bloody, his drawings often were creepier and, as it were, weirder than the tales they accompanied themselves. There was some untangible quality about Lee’s art that went beyond mere lines of ink on the page and made you wonder what sort of fellow would possess such a bent mind to use his talent in an unhinged manner…..and was he giggling all the while he drew? Rats, corpses, those blurred covers that looked like the last glimpse of the nightmare before awakening, the ever-present sticks, and the occasional face or physique that defied any preconceived idea of what they were supposed to really look like. Many artists dealt with the bizzare theme by looking at what was found around them. Lee, as an actual autopsy artist, internalized it…and then, smiling, showed us, whether we wanted to see it or not. Want real weird? Go check in with Mr. Coye.

  50. Skadi meic Beorh
    Skadi meic Beorh09-01-2008

    Maurice Level’s tale “The Cripple” (Weird Tales, Feb. 1933) sent chills down my spine just last year–a rarity for me. ‘Contes cruels’ are my favorite form of horror literature, because they can actually happen… and often do.

  51. J. D. Tucker
    J. D. Tucker09-24-2008

    Sorry I’m late.
    Japanese director Takashi Miike has shown me so many things I never expected to see, things I don’t want to spoil by writing them here. Watch Gozu and see if you don’t realise half-way through the end credits that you’re in the foetal position and you’ve forgotten your name. Then you might try Ichi the Killer and Visitor Q. These are shocking films, difficult to stomach in places, even by today’s blood-jaded standards, but the psychologies they offer have their own kind of warped logic that pull you in just as they push you away.
    As for the world of print, I have to put a word in for China Mieville: a modern British fantasy writer who showed me that there were still people in the world who understood what the word ‘fantasy’ meant. Perdido Street Station creates a world stranger, darker, more real and yet more fantastic than any re-tread of the classic medieval orcs and elves bit, influenced as much by Lovecraft and Peake as by Tolkien.
    I’d also like to second those votes for Garth Ennis, George Saunders and Yoshiyuki Sadamato.
    P.S. My thanks go to whoever got Tom Waits and Angela Carter on the list, although I would have mentioned the superbly perverse intellectual claw-hammer that is The Passion of New Eve in the latter’s write-up, as well as the fairy-tale stuff.
    Other than that, the list (along with this forum) has just reminded how many names I still need to catch up on. Thanks, folks.

  52. Barry
    Barry09-28-2008

    What about the brilliant Amelia Reynolds Long whose works appeared in Weird Tales in the 30′s! The excellent B Film “Fiend Without A Face” was based on her Weird Tales short story “The Thought Monster” in ( I think ) the March 1930 issue. I definately agree with a previous correspondents inclusion Angela Carter and think the names of Tanith Lee and Leonora Carrington should be added to the roll call.

  53. Ryan
    Ryan10-23-2008

    Surely, surely Roger Zelazny should be up there – unless I missed him. If he’s not there it’s a poor reflection of the nomination process…

  54. Sarah
    Sarah11-10-2008

    Edgar Allen Poe, and Bentley Little. This two really hit not only the gore but more psychological. Little has some really freaking books I remeber the first one I read “The House” really drew me into him. Poe is just one of those classics that you just love like Lovecraft.

  55. Jacob
    Jacob11-10-2008

    How about The Residents? Sonically they are some of the weirder musical artists out there, but they have the added benefit of making most of their albums have a really weird storyline to go with it. Example, on their album Freak Show each track tackles a hypothetical freak and gives them a persona that can be identified with. On The River of Crime they recreate an old-school pulp-style radio serial, the story based around a kid who collects crimes. The storytelling would definitely fit right in with this demographic.

  56. jorge kafkazar
    jorge kafkazar11-28-2008

    Keith Roberts. His “The Signaller” is lyrical, compelling, puts you right into the scene. My favorite.

  57. Art Turner
    Art Turner12-11-2008

    Iggy Pop, anyone?

  58. VSRN
    VSRN04-11-2009

    I don’t think you could make such a list without having mentioning Thomas Ligotti

  59. Weird Tales
    Weird Tales04-21-2009

    @VSRN: Thomas Ligotti is, in fact, on the list.

  60. Joe
    Joe07-12-2009

    You’ve forgotten some modern weirdos, like Shaun Cassidy (who’d have thought a Partridge could come up with American Gothic and Invasion???), Frank Miller (Batman, 300, Sin City), and for chrissakes, J.K. Rowling. If that Harry Potter shit wasn’t weird, what the hell is???

  61. Jeff Woodward
    Jeff Woodward07-17-2009

    I think Phillip Farmer deserves recognition. Not only was he the first tointroduce sexual themes into sci-fi and fantasy, his novels were creative, fun and sometimes, downright gloomy. His passing last year transformed him into an iconic member of the fantasy and sci-fi genre.

  62. Steven
    Steven10-02-2009

    Remedios Varo, definitely

  63. Allen
    Allen11-06-2009

    Rudyard Kipling

    There’s a nice collection of his weird tales (set in India) with a forward by Niel Gaiman.

    “The Phantom Rickshaw,” “The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes,” “The Mark of the Beast” (1890) [and others]

  64. Jim Williams
    Jim Williams11-21-2009

    Sorry I’m late. I just got the top 85 in the introductory pack with the 85 weirdest included. I too wonder about the exclusion of Syd Barrett, The Residents and Philip Jose Farmer. They were on my mind too.

    However, I don’t know how everyone could miss Monty Python, The Firesign Theater or that greatest of all US bands, DEVO. How about the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band? David Hatcher Childress of World Explorer Magazine? Fortean Times? The Fantastic Furry Freak Brothers? Mick Foley?

    I would also like to add a personal hero, Marshall Ledbetter, who took the Florida Capitol Complex in Tallahassee hostage and demanded pizzas for himself and donuts for the police surrounding the Capitol.

    So many weird, so little time.

  65. Mary Terhune
    Mary Terhune01-23-2010

    I am flummoxed that a) Chris Carter did NOT make the list (“The X-Files,” anyone??) & b) that some of my favorites that I’d never expect DID – Edward Gorey & Tanith Lee of course, but Kate Bush, my fave ever?!! WOW!

  66. Andrew Pickering
    Andrew Pickering03-22-2010

    Great list and possibly even greater discussion. Two years on and still rolling along. A lot of the names I would have added have already been mentioned but I’ll list them again anyhow:
    Murakami is the obvious omission in my opinion. Weird concepts and an excelent writer. Hard Boiled Wonderland is the weirdest I’ve read (but trying not to read too much of his work as I’m trying my hand at writing and it’s too depressing knowing how high the mountain is).
    Phillip Jose Farmer if for no other reason than having the balls to write a sequel to a litary classic like Moby Dick…. No Ismael didn’t die, he was transported to the future via a time maelstrom.
    So many more could be added. The listshould be endless. How about The Mighty Boosh for something a bit more modern? John Wyndham’s stuff was pretty weird really. Same with Richard Matherson. I know Will Smith was in that awful movie but that wasn’t his fault.
    Anyway, there are probably more but you have to call it quits at some point.

  67. Alex J. Kane
    Alex J. Kane05-04-2010

    Philip K. Dick most definitely belongs on this list. Check out “Beyond Lies the Wub,” “The Hanging Stranger,” “Roog,” “The Eyes Have It,” and “Fair Game” for some truly hard-core weirdness. My favorite writer of all time, followed by King, Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke.

  68. Frank H.
    Frank H.06-05-2010

    Another vote for Fritz Leiber. What could be more weird than the bubble world of Nehwon connected to our world BC, the Mouser’s and Fafhrd’s patron wizards, Sheelba of the eyless face and Ningauble of the seven eyes, and countless other weirdnesses just in the Swords books. Fritz told more than stories. His tales were fables that shone a bright light on human behavior and emotions. RIP Fritz. We’ll not see your like for generations.

  69. greggarious
    greggarious07-01-2010

    Jeffrey Ford. The Physiognomy was one of the weirdest–and it won awards.
    Robert Holdstock is another award winner (world fantasy) for Mythago Wood, weird and wonderful. Especially the Urshamuug. But his short story The Ragthorn Tree is so creepy weird it’s haunting.
    Mark Helprin’s Winters Tale is wonderfully weird north american magic realism (that’s weird all by itself). Very much a science fantasy novel, though by a mainly mainstream writer.
    Michael Chabon. Most will think of The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay, weird and wonderful and disturbing, but I’m thinking moreso of the short story The God of Dark Laughter, which is so weird it features murderous clowns, a baboon, and ancient cults stalking each other to the death.
    William Hope Hodgson wrote The Night Land, easily in the top 3 weirdest–but that was more than 85 years ago.
    Jonathan Carrol. I forget the titles, just remember the weirdness.

  70. Logan
    Logan06-11-2012

    If you like webcomics, Ryan Andrews is a good one to check out. Definitely weird, but in a surreal yet gentle way. There’s a simplistic yet deeply emotional quality to his stories, and they are certainly not your run of the mill fiction. Plus there are pictures!

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