Venn Diagram of Weird Fiction

Edit: The Cromcast podcast very generously discussed this diagram on their show! Listen here.

The discussion takes place in the last twenty minutes or so, but I highly recommend listening to the whole episode. The hosts quite understandably had a few questions and I’m going to do my best to respond (see below).

Venn Diagram of Weird Fiction
Venn Diagram of Weird Fiction

One point which I think will clear up a lot of confusion: Examining the Odd is just me, Jay. Although I hope this venn diagram will be useful to those who are new to weird fiction, or who are simply faced with that awful (and blissful) age-old question: What do I read next!?, it is also based on my own personal tastes.

I included poetry because I personally enjoy it, particularly in this genre. I often see people discussing and quoting Lovecraft’s short stories, but not so much his poems. He really has quite a few and I think they’re fantastic!

Science Fiction is a smaller circle than all the rest purely because I prefer fantasy and horror. I do love sci-fi, but I prefer it outside of the realms of weird fiction. A little more sci I guess!

I also created this post (and many others) in an attempt to put authors together who are often segregated. The diagram includes living, active authors alongside long-dead heroes. I often find myself reading dead person after dead person after dead person. There’s nothing wrong with this of course, but I like to point out the living ones to those who may not know about them.

I hope this has cleared up some of the confusion that I presented The Cromcast guys with (and possibly others).

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