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It’s the SISYPHEAN giveaway contest!

What is the New Weird? Well, it’s been around for a while, the term having been coined by M. John Harrison and championed by China Mieville—it is basically politically aware “weird” fiction (horror/fantasy, but without traditional magic rules and monsters) that keeps one foot solidly in genre fiction by eschewing postmodern techniques such as metafiction. It’s “renunciation and return”, according to Mieville’s 2003 manifesto, and it is “messy.” New Weird titles include Mieville’s own Perdido Street Station, Jeff and Ann Vandermeer’s anthology The New Weird , and Steph Swainston’s The Year of Our War. One could also do much worse than check out the current film, Annihilation (loosely based on Jeff Vandermeer’s novel) in theaters in the US now.

And now, the New Weird is Japanese!  See?



Sisyphean is here! And we’re giving away four copies of Dempow Torishima’s copiously illustrated, extremely strange, and utterly bizarre novel-in-stories. And all you need do is write in the comments of this post about something weird: a book, an experience, a film, a dream you had. You can tell us all about it in the form of a poem or brief essay, and you can write it in English, Spanish, Japanese, or Greek!

On Friday, we’ll select four winners, and we ship anywhere! So enter today, weirdo, and tell your friends!

PHANTASM JAPAN table of contents revealed!

We don’t have a product page or a cover yet, but we were so excited about Phantasm Japan, our fantasy anthology follow-up to our award-festooned The Future is Japanese, that we just had to share. Check it out:

Gary A. Braunbeck: “Shikata Ga Nai: A Bag Lady’s Tale”
Nadia Bulkin: “Girl, I Love You”
Quentin S. Crisp: “The Last Packet of Tea”
Project Itoh: “From the Nothing, With Love”
Yusaku Kitano: “Scissors or Claws, and Holes”
Jacqueline Koyanagi: “Kamigakari”
Alex Dally MacFarlane: “Inari Updates the Map of Rice Fields”
Zachary Mason: “Five Tales of Japan”
Miyuki Miyabe: “Chiyoko”
James A. Moore: “He Dreads the Cold”
Lauren Naturale: “Her Last Appearance”
Tim Pratt: “Those Who Hunt Monster Hunters”
Benjanun Sriduangkaew: “Ningyo”
Seia Tanabe: “The Parrot Stone”
Joseph Tomaras: “Thirty-Eight Observations on the Nature of the Self”
Dempow Torishima: “Sisyphean”
Sayuri Ueda: “Street of Fruiting Bodies”

We’re very pleased—we’ve got New York Times best-seller Zachary Mason; international fan favorite Miyuki Miyabe; horror legends Gary A. Braunbeck and James A. Moore (I wonder if they share the same middle name); the fiction debut of Lauren Naturale; one of the final short stories of Project Itoh; and an extremely surreal “New Weird” novella by Dempow Torishima, illustrated by the author himself.

Phantasm Japan, coming this autumn! Prepare yourself!

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