In July, Read Some Weird Fiction

Nominate a title for 1book140, our Twitter book club, to discuss in the coming month.
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A 1952 cover of Weird Tales magazine, a major outlet for the works of H.P. Lovecraft ( Wikimedia )

Summer is a time to try new things, step out of the literary canon, and explore the strange. Here at @1book140, our Twitter book club, the last few months have seen books that have fallen squarely into categories of dense and serious. Now, let’s shake things up with the macabre and alien. Nominate books for our July read from the long last century of weird fiction, from Lovecraft to Miéville.

Weird fiction” and “new weird” authors don’t quite fit into any genre but slip and wander between a few, exploring sci-fi, gothic horror, fantasy, and the like. A year-and-a-half ago, we read “new weird” author China Miéville’s The City and The City to much acclaim. You can find his top picks from weird fiction authors in The Guardian.

But don’t feel confined to his list or the classics like Lovecraft and H.G. Wells. Anything’s up for grabs, from the Victorian gothic to graphic novels full of monsters. This should be a fun month. 

To nominate a book, list suggestions in the comments. Nominations will close Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. On Thursday, I’ll pick four finalists and post them for a vote.

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Dana Walters

Dana Walters is a coordinator at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

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