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Jeff Vandermeer : Books

Jeff Vandermeer is an American writer who is recognized for his novels and anthologies that fall under the New Weird category. If you’re wondering what New Weird is, it’s something of a revival of the early works of writers who used to belong to the Weird Fiction genre. Weird fiction is mostly characterized by stories of ghosts and the macabre, stories that revolve around fantasy and science fiction and blended together with a sense of horror, mythical and supernatural.

Vandermeer has written many novels and edited many collections and anthologies, some together with his wife Ann who is also a gifted editor and publisher herself. Here are some of his major and notable works and projects.

City of Saints and Madmen (2001)

Though Vandermeer has already started writing and co-editing other novels and collections prior to city of Saints and Madmen, this novel turned collection has caught the eye of critics and award-giving literary bodies when it came out. It is set in the imaginary, fictitious city of Ambergris where humans have replaced the original inhabitants known as “gray caps” but are still subjected to their own nocturnal wanderings and activities.

The book has won for Vandermeer two World Fantasy Awards, a Le Cafard cosmique award in France and the Taftifantasia Award in Finland.

The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases (2003)

Don’t be fooled by the long and incongruous title of this anthology. This was edited by Jeff Vandermeer with Mark Roberts in 2003 and contains fantastical and generally humorous entries and depictions of diseases of the 20th century. Several authors contributed their work to this compendium and these include Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Michael Moorcock.

The book itself was a finalist for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award.

Shriek : An Afterword (2006)

If you’ve become familiar with the setting of Ambergris, then it will be a big help to you when you get to read Shriek because it’s set in the same place, only this time, its protagonists are two siblings, Janice and Duncan Shriek.

The Weird (2012)

One of the recently published anthologies by the Vandermeer tandem is “The Weird : A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories”. It is a collection of over a hundred “weird” stories spanning stories from every corner of the globe and also includes stories by top authors like Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, George R. R. Martin and many more.