Praise for Twisted Tales Events

'In the past few years Twisted Tales has become a major force in the promotion and appreciation of horror fiction. As well as putting on author readings and signings at bookshops it has expanded into organising larger events, bringing authors and critics together for discussions of the field. I've been involved in quite a few of both and have found them hugely enjoyable and stimulating - I believe the audiences did as well. May Twisted Tales continue to grow and prosper! If you love the field, support them! I do.' - Ramsey Campbell

‘Twisted Tales consistently produce well-organised events for writers and readers of horror. What really distinguishes Twisted Tales for me is the intelligent themes and investigations they pursue, and the high quality of the discussions they always stimulate. As an author I've been invited to three of their events and have been pleasantly startled, to near shocked, by the attendance levels - two out of three were even sold out. I salute anyone who contributes so much to the literary and cultural life of horror fiction.’- Adam Nevill

'Twisted Tales events are wonderful... a great way of promoting 21st century horror fiction. Supported by Waterstone's Liverpool One and really well organised, Twisted Tales brings together established names in the genre as well as new voices and of course readers. Looking forward to much more to come...' - Alison J. Littlewood

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Twisted Tales of The Weird

Twisted Tales of The Weird
5-8PM Friday 23rd October 2015
John Rylands Library
M3 3EH

With the seemingly unstoppable rise of Lovecraftian cosmic horror across twenty-first-century media, as well as an array of superb literary fiction spearheaded by prophets of the New Weird such as China MiĆ©ville and Steph Swainston, The Weird has never been so popular. But what is it? Ann and Jeff VanderMeer characterize it as representing ‘the pursuit of some indefinable and perhaps maddeningly unreachable understanding of the world beyond the mundane’. For Michael Moorcock, The Weird appeals because ‘it is designed to disturb’. Drawing on avant-garde narrative practices and elements of Gothic horror, science fiction, and fantasy, The Weird defies classification while simultaneously commanding a devoted following; its anarchic defiance towards generic classification lends it great imaginative freedom. The John Rylands Library will provide the neo-Gothic setting for Twisted Tales of The Weird, an evening of readings by some of the finest writers in the contemporary scene, a panel discussion about the mode, and a Q&A with the audience.

M. John Harrison is one of the most influential writers of weird fiction that the UK has produced. Perhaps best known for his Viriconium sequence (1971-84) and The Kefahuchi Tract trilogy (2002-12), for which he won the James Tiptree, Jr Award, Arthur C Clarke Award, and Philip K Dick Award, he also coined the term ‘New Weird’ and remains an innovator in the field.

Helen Marshall is an author, editor, and medievalist. Her two collections of short stories, Hair Side, Flesh Side (2012) and Gifts for the One Who Comes After (2014), have been up for the World Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Aurora Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. She lives in Oxford, England.

Timothy J. Jarvis is a writer and scholar with an interest in the antic, the weird, the strange. His first novel, The Wanderer, was published in the summer of 2014. His short-fiction has appeared in Caledonia Dreamin’ and Leviathan 4: Cities, among other places. He lives in East London.

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