5 Great Works of "Weird" Fiction

5 Great Works of "Weird" Fiction

A selection of books that thrive on the absurd.

Weird Fiction is among the strangest and most unique forms of speculative fiction. It exists as a great blend of genres and stylistic approaches, fusing fantasy, horror, science fiction, and sometimes dark humour to create surreal adventures and absurd stories. To use the moniker as an umbrella term reveals a variety of facets and manifestations over the years. Weird Fiction, Slipstream, and New Weird are all basically different pieces of the same overarching genre or style. A truly in depth exploration of Weird Fiction and its various forms could likely occupy multiple extended sessions of research and reading so, for our purposes here, I’ve simply gathered a few examples of great Weird Fiction books, in no particular order.

The City & The City

China Miéville

British author China Miéville’s award winning “The City & The City” is a wonderful place to begin if you’re looking for more modern examples of weird fiction. A murder case sends an inspector down the rabbit hole into the strange underworld of his city and its “twin,” which occupies almost the same location. While the basic plot devices may sound par for the course, it is the setting of the cities and the weird world that he constructs for these events that help to push the boundaries. Most of Miéville’s work could honestly make it onto this list, seeing as he directly identifies his style as Weird Fiction, but “The City & The City” creates a bizarre setting that serves as the perfect primer to such a strange and expansive genre.

The Hike

Drew Magary

While not classified officially under Weird Fiction, “The Hike” by Drew Magary is as weird and absurd as it gets. A short hike becomes an adventure into a world of monsters, demons, and other such oddball entities. It is imagination at its finest, crafting a modern day fantasy adventure full of defied expectations and surreal encounters. Built as fantasy with elements of sci-fi, dashes of horror, and healthy portions of humour, this book comfortably fits into the mould of Weird Fiction.

Welcome to Night Vale

Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

"Welcome to Night Vale" is the literary companion piece to the ongoing audio podcast of the same name. Creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor have, from the outset, made the show's fondness for H.P. Lovecraft and Weird Fiction quite clear. The fictional town of Night Vale is a setting where almost anything can, and usually will, happen. Indescribable horrors, supernatural terrors, government conspiracies, interdimensional beings, and all other manner of strange phenomenon abound in Night Vale, becoming common occurrences for the equally weird and wonderful citizens of the town. The novel, much like the podcast, handles the extraordinary with a sense of mundane bemusement, twisting winking humour throughout what would be psychologically scarring in the hands of other authors. Night Vale is a love letter to Weird Fiction through and through, making it an essential read for those with a taste for the strange.

The Strange Library

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami's works are some of the finest and strangest tales of modern Japanese literature, but his 2008 novella "The Strange Library" is probably among his most outright surreal. When a young schoolboy finds himself locked away within a massive labyrinth hidden beneath his local library he must find a way to escape before the monstrous ancient librarian that tends the books eats his brain. Though it is a quick read this story is one that will likely stick around in your head for some time after you read it. The fantastically bizarre events that take place are absurd to their very core and deftly mix unease with curiosity.

At the Mountains of Madness

H.P. Lovecraft

No primer to the world of Weird Fiction would ever be complete without the de facto father of the genre himself, H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft's stories are towering beasts, full of a descriptive language that expands the curious need for more, whilst also creating an atmosphere of crushing fear. His work thrives on the inhuman and the interdimensional, and basically any H.P. Lovecraft story could have made it onto this list, but "At the Mountains of Madness" is my pick. It was my introduction to Lovecraftian fiction, and contains many of the elements that make his other stories so frightful and groundbreaking. "At the Mountains of Madness" is Lovecraft's 1931 novella of an Antarctic exploration mission gone horribly awry. The discovery of a primordial metropolis past a mountain range delves the explorers into a world of ancient alien beings, awesome monstrosities, and creatures far beyond human comprehension. It is horrifying, yet endlessly attractive, and in my opinion a perfect start for any budding fan of eldritch horrors.

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27 Songs That Defined Grey's Anatomy's Most Heart Wrenching Scenes

The songs that played in fan's favorite scenes from Grey's Anatomy.

Every Grey's Anatomy fan has sat through the famous heart-wrenching scenes. We also watch the scenes that make you smile because maybe Meredith may finally get a happy ending. These wonderful moments that have us sitting on the edge of our couches crying our eyes out wouldn't be the same without the music included in the background. Sometimes it's hard to pay attention to just exactly what is playing. For all you Grey's Anatomy fans, here is a list of twenty-seven songs that are in our favorite scenes! WARNING: Spoilers for those who haven't finished!

1. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

This song debuted in Season 2 Episode 27 as Izzie lays with Denny in her pink prom dress after he dies from a blood clot that led to a stroke. Later in Season 7 Episode 18, Callie, Owen, and Bailey all sing Chasing Cars while Callie fights for her life after being in a car accident with Arizona. The famous song also played in MerDer's final moments together in Season 11 Episodes 21/22 as we all said goodbye to Derek.

2. Breathe by Anna Nalick

In a wavering moment of faith, fans watched as Meredith pulled the bomb out of a patient's body and handed it off to the bomb squad leader who took it down the hallway before it ended up exploding. In these moments we also saw flashes of Derek, who was operating down the hall on Bailey's husband while Bailey was in labor. This song was again featured in Season 7 Episode 18 with Lexie singing as she searches for Mark.

3. Make This Go On Forever by Snow Patrol

For some reason, Snow Patrol songs just really hit the heart in some of Grey's Anatomy's toughest scenes. This song plays as Meredith falls into the icy water while helping a ferry boat crash survivors in Season 3 Episode 15. In this moment we probably all wanted to push that guy over; how could he do that?! She was just trying to help heal his leg.

4. A Bitter Song by Butterfly Boucher

Also from Season 3 Episode 15, this song plays as Derek and friends wait in fear that Meredith can hopefully be saved after Derek rescued her from the frigid waters.

5. How to Save a Life by The Fray

This song first plays in Season 2 Episode 21. This is one of the first times we hear Derek's famous line "It's a beautiful day to save lives." This episode is where the interns are suspicious because of an episode of deaths, and death only comes in threes and sevens. How to Save a Life is also sang in the musical episode, Season 7 Episode 18, as the whole cast chimes in to sing this favorite song.

6. All I Need by Matt Kearney

In Season 3 Episode 1, Izzie is laying on the floor in shock after Denny passes away. Izzie lays in her pink prom dress still, unable to speak or move. Christina has everyone prepare a Shiva for Izzie.

7. Swans by Unkle Bob

This song and scene isn't one of the most epic times in Grey's Anatomy but it is Season 3 Episode 17. This is the scene where Richard sits with Ellis Grey after she had passed away. It's such a sad scene as he says goodbye to the woman he once loved.

8. In My Veins by Andrew Bell

Season 6 Episode 24 was an all around emotional episode with it being the shooting, this song made a particular scene even more emotional. Charles lays in the lap of Bailey, dying, and we couldn't help but shed a tear. We may not have loved Charles at times but Bailey was so good to him in his last moments.

9. Holding Us Back by Katie Herzig

While on the shooting episode, Season 6 Episode 24, this song plays in the devastating moment where Derek gave a McDreamy speech that just could have saved him until April ran out and the gunman decided to shoot Derek. Meredith and Christina watch as Derek falls to the ground, leading Christina to have to perform surgery on Derek.

10. Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson

Contrary to the title, in this scene, Christina is shown breaking down after being left in the church by Burke. Luckily Meredith is there to help her remove the choker and cut Christina out of her dress. This scene is in Season 3 Episode 25.

11. Falling Awake by Gary Jules

Sweet George makes a difficult choice as he turns off his father's life support in this scene in Season 3 Episode 22. George's dad wasn't a main character but we still hated to see George in so much pain.

12. Blindsided by Bon Over

We thought Denny was gone until recent episodes where he shows up as a ghost to Izzie. This particular song plays in Season 5 Episode 12 where Izzie and Denny talk and he tells her "I'm here for you." It sets in for Izzie that he is here for her and she realizes she is sick.

13. Off I Go by Greg Laswell

In this moment we fell apart as George appears in the elevator in uniform. For a slight moment in this scene, Season 5 Episode 24, we may have been confused but realized George was officially gone.

14. Street Lights by Kayne West

We loved getting a little Kayne in Grey's Anatomy, Season 5 Episode 10. Christina and Owen struggle with their relationship since it's been a nonstop emotional rollercoaster from the beginning. This song plays as Owen brings Christina to the basement and shows her the vent room. They kiss while standing over the air vent laughing as it brings them instant relief.

15. We Do What We Want by O+S

Season 5 Episode 19, MerDer meet in an elevator covered in their history of scans and medical papers of cases they worked on together. This scene made fans go crazy because our favorite couple finally is together. In the elevator, Derek proposes to Meredith and she, of course, says yes.

16. Feels Like The End by Mikky Ekko

In Season 9 Episode 1, the end comes for McSteamy. Five o'clock hit in Seattle and the crew had to say goodbye as the deadline Mark had set for being hooked up to machines had come.

17. Skin by Zola Jesus

Just as Teddy was becoming happy and a true married couple with her husband Henry, Christina has to inform her in Season 8 Episode 9 that he did not make it out of surgery. This scene was heartbreaking since Christina had to work with Teddy for hours in surgery before she could tell her the outcome.

18. Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran

Everyone loves a good Ed Sheeran song in a romantic moment. In Season 9 Episode 10, this song plays at Bailey's wedding reception after marrying Ben. As much as we wanted to be happy for them, this song and scene focus' on Richard as he arrives and shares with Meredith that Adele died.

19. We Built This City by Aron Wright and Jills Andrews

The newlyweds April and Jackson have been fighting about their pretend children for a while. In Season 10 Episode 21, April informs Jackson mid-fight that they are not fighting over imaginary children because she is pregnant so this is real. It becomes such a happy moment as one of our favorite couples comes together and puts their problems aside.

20. Without You by Ingrid Michaelson

In Season 9 Episode 24 Bailey operates on Meredith who just had baby Bailey in the middle of a blackout. Jackson's life is on the line after he ran into a bus that was on fire to save a little girl.

21. You Were Supposed to Be Different by Aron Wright

This song plays in Season 11 Episode 21 when Meredith decides to unhook Derek from his life support machines. This is a devastating scene as we watched Meredith lose the man who changed her whole world. Derek gave the dark and twisty the fairytale she deserved.

22. We Built This City by Aron Wright and Jill Andrews

Christina stands in the hospital's shower fully clothed after saving a child's life but was unable to save the sibling (this was the struggle where three siblings were all in the hospital for the same heart problem). Christina confesses to Owen that she doesn't see the point and Owen confides in Christina. He tells her how she had the votes for winning the Harper Avery award but her working at Grey-Sloan made it impossible for her to win.

23. Where Does the Good Go by Tegan and Sara

This song isn't a sad song and is a happy but sad moment for Christina and Meredith. Christina dragged Meredith into an on-call room just before she finally left so they could dance it out one last time together. Just as this scene ends Christina stands in the doorway and tells Meredith that Derek is not the sun, she is.

24. Keep Me Warm by Ida Maria

This song plays in Season 4 Episode 17, when Derek finds Meredith and the candle house he built for her. It's such a great moment because we know Meredith is finally ready to commit. Derek then leaves to end things with Rose!

25. All I Need by Firstcom

This song is from Season 2 Episode 1, a scene that is small but defining. Christina shares with Meredith that she is pregnant. Christina then tells Meredith that she put her down as her emergency contact for her abortion because she's her person. This is the moment that they officially became each others person.

26. Flashdance by Yale Naim

Season 5 Episode 24, the famous scene where Derek and Meredith quickly get married on their corky post it note. The official beginning of a long journey they would take together and of course become legally married later on in order to adopt Zola. The legal marriage could never top their post it note, though.

27. Cosy in the Rocket bu Psapp

This final song was the theme song for the show. The lyrics "nobody knows where they might end up, nobody knows" really hit as we look back and see where the characters have come since the pilot. Who would have thought Meredith and Derek's hook up would lead to such a love story? Who actually thought Richard would be right when he said only two interns would last?

Now that you've remembered all these wonderful scenes from the epic Grey's Anatomy, there is nothing else to do besides rewatch your favorite episodes. Go ahead and make a Grey's Anatomy playlist, how can you resist?

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10 Unique Couples' Halloween Costumes You HAVEN'T Seen Done A Bajillion Times Before

So you'll never show up to a Halloween party in the same costume.


Say goodbye to the "Purge" couple, milk and cookies, and cop and convict costumes and say hello to 10 unique couples' costumes. I can promise you with 95% certainty you won't run into another Doodlebob.

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