In this section you'll find brief profiles of some of our favorite, often neglected, authors of speculative fiction. Most of the authors represented here are best known for their supernatural or weird fiction, and it is these works that I personally most enjoy. For each author we have included some favorite titles and editions from our own library; typically, these are only a sampling of the many editions that have been, or still are, in print. We'll also look at some of the small, specialty presses and book series that have been instrumental in bringing these authors to the attention of new generations of readers. Click on the links below or in the right column to learn more.
Perdido Street Station
British wunderkind China Mieville dazzles and astonishes in his remarkable Perdido Street Station. With influences ranging from Mervyn Peake and Jack Vance to M. John Harrison, Mieville creates a dark, rich, and bizarre world inhabited by one of the most unlikely collections of characters ever assembled in one novel, let alone one city. For, like fellow Brit Alan Campbell's splendid Scar Night, Mieville's sprawling story is set within an ancient, decaying city (in fact, there are other similarities between these two novels). Mieville's New Crobuzon is a city like few others.

Eric Frank Russell's best weird fiction is reprinted in this collection from Midnight House, which features stories originally published in his book Dark Tides, plus tales from Weird Tales, Fantastic, and Strange Stories.
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Scar Night by Alan Campbell
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Picture this: an ancient, crumbling city hangs suspended above a seemingly bottomless abyss on a series of gargantuan chains ... This is Deepgate, which lies at the heart of Campbell's world. The residents of this improbable city worship Lord Ulcis, the god of chains, and each month at the dark of the moon they are tormented by a demonic angel known as Carnival who flies over the rooftops searching for unwary victims.

The richly Victorian atmosphere in Campbell's story is palpable. For me, it was instantly reminiscent of my favorite works of literature in the English language; the Gormenghast novels of the great British fantasist Mervyn Peake. Read more...

Buy Lye Street, the prequel to Scar Night, here.

Like all literary genres, horror fiction has evolved over time to reflect changes in popular culture, societal mores and values, and world events, among other things. Read more...