Giveaway: Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume 1

Weird FictionYou like weird things, right? Who doesn’t! So how about a whole book of the very best weird fiction published last year. As the title implies, Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume 1 is the first in a new series published by Undertow/ChiZine Publications. The inaugural volume was edited by Laird Barron, along with series editor Michael Kelly. Next year’s volume will be edited by Kathe Koja and Michael Kelly. (Authors, take note – vol. 2 is currently open to reprint submissions and that handy link I just pasted will take your straight to the submission page.) The first volume contains works by the likes of Jeffrey Ford, Livia Llewellyn, Sofia Samatar, Jeff VanderMeer, and yours truly. Wanna win a copy? Of course you do!

In order to enter, all you have to do is go to the comments and tell me something weird. For the purposes of this contest, I’m defining weird broadly. It could be a real life uncanny occurrence you can’t explain, a link to a piece of weird fiction, an odd coincidence, or even the lyrics to your favorite Weird Al song. The winner will be chosen by random number generator. The contest ends on Halloween. Get your weird on!

ETA: The random number generator has declared Sara Saab the winner! Thank you all for sharing your wonderful weirdness!


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17 Responses to Giveaway: Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume 1

  1. This short by M John Harrison was weird like being dazed by a burst of sunlight.

    • Hi, Sara —

      The random number generator has declared you the winner! Please drop me an email at a.c.wise [at] to let me know where you’d like me to mail the book. Thanks and congratulations!

  2. Here’s my bit of weird/uncanny–but it’s a bit sad. When I was around 14 years old, my dog was dying. There wasn’t anything we could do and we couldn’t afford to take her to the vet. When she was still really conscious, I was petting her and she suddenly stood up and shoved her nose right in my face. I swear she looked me in the eye and it was like I just KNEW she was saying goodbye. A few hours later, her eyes were all hazy and it was like she wasn’t really there anymore. I don’t know, maybe it’s not so weird. But I swear, she knew. <3

  3. Margo-Lea Hurwicz

    Ants have invaded our kitchen, but instead of poisoning them or otherwise attempting their eviction, we have welcomed them. We’ve begun studying what they do. Noticing their food preferences. Thinking he recognizes individuals Jack has started to greet them by name. Now that’s just weird!

  4. Amy

    Weirdest thing I could think of off the top of my head.

    Cyriak’s malfunction

  5. Matthew M. Bartlett

    On my right foot near the heel there’s a bump with a black dot in the middle. I discovered it two weeks ago, when I checked for what I assumed was a pebble in my shoe. So, after Googling, I figured I had a Plantar’s Wart, but when I dug around the black dot, my fingernails were able to grasp the tip of…something. I’ve been pulling on it, letting it gather on the floor beside my computer chair. It’s not a hair; it’s slightly thicker, and slick to the touch. I’ve got about six feet out now and there’s no sign of another end.

  6. I have webbing between two of my toes and can curl my tongue into a clover shape! :)

  7. My clearest memories of my dreams are the ones I have just before I wake up. So sometimes, when my dreams become vivid and clear as I’m sleeping, my consciousness says “Oh man, the alarm must be about to go off.”

    Sure enough, I wake up, look at the alarm and see it only has a few minutes to go… so the clarity of my dreams sometimes wakes me up.

  8. When I read Laird Barron’s “The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All”, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. His beautiful prose seemed to be in direct contrast to the horrible things he was writing about. I have been a fan ever since.

  9. Erinina

    Right now I am dressed in a #MikeTysonMysteries track suit, hiding in a park, waiting for scavenger hunters in Austin to come find me to get a clue to win a Mike Tyson statuette. Fact.

  10. I had a dream last night that I was minding a family’s pet dragonfly. He took such a liking to me that he began doing acrobatics on my chin, using it like a gymnast would a high bar. I was proudly carrying him around the house and walked past a fan, which took off one of his wings. When I woke up, I texted a random number and wrote, ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET, though clarifying felt redundant. My dog’s feet smell like corn chips.

  11. Weird fact: Porcupines float in water. (North American ones anyway.)

  12. I have four nipples and I wish I had more.

  13. I think you know what Orbs are, in photos. Here’s the weird part. The Christmas after my youngest son was killed in a car accident, we were using a digital camera and got a number of pics with a single orb in the picture. Never happened again. It is my belief that my son came back for one final Christmas with the family.

  14. When I was in high school, my family hosted an exchange student from Italy for a year. She had the same birthday as I do. That was weird.

  15. Laomagination Media

    There some ghosts in Laos who, if they can’t find human flesh to eat, especially those of newborn infants and their mothers, will settle for human excrement. I guess from a certain point of view, it’s really kind of the same thing to supernatural entities. But then they’ll wipe their mouths off on your linen if you leave it hanging outside overnight.

  16. I just finished Clark Ashton Smith’s Zothique this past weekend. Some incredibly weird but beautifully horrid decadence.