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What is the new weird?
A literary movement that reached its peak between 2000 and 2005 (a post September 11 world). It was marked by a shift in towards a darker perspective. Idyllic, pastoral, landscapes are replaced by real-world-like cities, where industrialization is a fact of life, and social problems are rife. These cities are dark, overbearing places, and like the world they inhabit, the characters too are flawed. New weird stories contain elements of the surreal, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
The use of the term is fraught with ambiguity. I recommend the links under further reading for a more in-depth discussion on the new weird.
Perdito St. Station – China Miéville
City of Saints and Madmen – Jeff Vandermeer
The New Weird Anthology Notes and an Introduction
I mean the New Weird was a bit of a misnomer – a stillborn literary movement which these days just leads to rejection letters. In editorial offices, the NW died years ago; Mark Charan Newton
It’s likely you know more about the new weird than I do. Your comments are welcome.