The Quest for Weird

Fellow seekers, I need your help as I seek the grail of great, original and independently-published fiction in ebooks and on the web.

People have been telling weird stories for as long as we’ve been huddling around fires attempting to keep the dark at bay. Our earliest stories overflow with the weird. The Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey, the heroic saga of Beowulf – all are rich with fantasy. Dante, Shakespeare, Milton: give the western literary canon a good shake and weird stories come tumbling out from every direction. And today the fantasy franchise dominates the popular imagination, with tales of boy wizards, magic rings and teenage vampire romances filling page and screen as far as the eye can see.

Read more @ Guardian books.

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Check back for more updates every few days as the Quest for Weird progresses.


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

2 thoughts on “The Quest for Weird

  1. Damien, I hope you’ll consider taking a look at my independent, online magazine: “The Lovecraft eZine”.  It’s certainly getting popular, but nowhere near the level of “real” books.  I’ve had some fairly major authors published there.  Please check it out:



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