To be published on 27 October 2020, alongside Women’s Weird 2. More Strange Stories by Women, edited by Melissa Edmundson. anthologies.
Following the success of Handheld Press’s 2019 anthology Women’s Weird, British Weird is a new collection of classic Weird short fiction by British writers, first published between the 1890s and the 1930s. Embracing the famous and the undeservedly obscure, this collection – curated by James Machin, author of Palgrave Gothic’s Weird Fiction in Britain, 1880-1939 – assembles stories to thrill, entertain, and chill.
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Featured stories include:
- ‘Man-Size in Marble’ by Edith Nesbit (1893)
- ‘No-Man’s Land’, John Buchan (1900)
- ‘The Willows’, by Algernon Blackwood (1907)
- ‘Caterpillars’, by E F Benson (1912)
- ‘N’ by Arthur Machen (1934)
- ‘Mappa Mundi’ by Mary Butts (1937)
British Weird also includes the full text of Mary Butts’ seminal 1933 essay ‘”Ghoulies and Ghosties”. Use of the Supernatural in English Fiction’. James Machin’s introduction describes the background for these excellent stories in the Weird tradition, and identifies their use of peculiarly British preoccupations in supernatural short fiction.