Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Weird Fiction

Term used loosely to describe Fantasy, Supernatural Fiction and Horror tales embodying transgressive material: tales where motifs of Thinning and the Uncanny predominate, and where subject matters like Occultism or Satanism may be central, and Doppelgängers thrive. The magazine Weird Tales is rich in WF. Authors associated with WF include Grant Allen, Scott Baker, Charles Beaumont, E F Benson, Ambrose Bierce, William Peter Blatty, Robert Bloch, Joseph Payne Brennan, Ramsey Campbell, Jonathan Carroll, August Derleth, Dennis Etchison, Stefan Grabiński, William Hope Hodgson, Stephen King, T E D Klein, Dean R Koontz, Sheridan Le Fanu, Thomas Ligotti, Bentley Little, Frank Belknap Long, H P Lovecraft, Brian Lumley, Arthur Machen, Richard Matheson, Anne Rice, James Malcolm Rymer, Sarban, Dan Simmons, Peter Straub, Bram Stoker, Karl Edward Wagner, Donald Wandrei, Chet Williamson, J N Williamson and F Paul Wilson. [JC]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.