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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!

And the winners are…

Lots of great answers to our A Small Charred Face giveaway! People sure do love vampires. It was hard to select our top four, but somehow (breakfast vodka) we managed it.


First winner is  Lara Alonso Corona, who loved Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Certain Dark Things. Not only is it an Adjective Adjective Noun book, like A Small Charred Face, but Moreno-Garcia blurbed our book, so we’re sure Lara will love it!

This week saw the death of science fiction grandmaster Brian Aldiss, so we were very pleased to see Mike D. standing up for the underrated Dracula Unbound.

Richard Alan Scott wrote some light verse for us, and we’re always a sucker for that sort of thing. Plus Karl Edward Wagner!

And finally, Ken P for his stirring analysis of I Am Legend.


Thanks everyone for playing, and check us out next time we do a giveaway!



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It’s the A SMALL CHARRED FACE giveaway contest!

Next month we’re releasing A Small Charred Face, an amazing vampire novel by Kazuki Sakuraba. The early reviews are great and it’s coming out next month, just in time for long autumn nights meant for reading something creepy. So of course it is time for one of our giveaway contests!

As usual, the giveaway will work like this: leave a small essayistic (or poetic!) comment on this post, this time describing your favorite vampire story in any medium, and telling us why. We’ll select our four favorites on Friday August 25th, around noon Pacific time, and we’ll ship copies of the book to the winners. We ship anywhere, and read Japanese, Spanish, and Greek as well as English! So tell us what you think!

And now, the LEGEND OF THE GALACTIC HEROES giveaway contest winners!

We have chosen the winners to the Legend of Galactic Heroes giveaway contest! And they are:

First up is Blu: we had to give a book to one of the people who named LOGH as their favorite series, after all!

Then we have GreyDuck, who named C.J. Cherryh Foreigner series, one of our faves.  (PS: if you like “competence porn”, please also check out our near-future SF thriller Orbital Cloud!)

Metal Abaj goes international with his entry on the eurocomic Valérian et Laureline. We’ve spent so much time explaining that the forthcoming movie isn’t a “rip-off” of The Fifth Element, so we’re pleased to award a fellow fan!

And last but not least, Andres Rodriguez goes classic with the Asimov’s Robot series! Vital stuff.


Check back here soon for our next giveaway. (Hint: vampires!) getanabolics


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