Clive Barker - Venn Diagram of Weird Fiction

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).

6 thoughts on “Venn Diagram of Weird Fiction

      1. I like that his stories often feel like Lovecraft stories without ever touching upon aspects of tentacles or the sea. He took that early 20th century weird fiction style and made it his own. Puppets and Gas Station Carnivals and strange towns with hidden agenda…its wonderful subject matter.

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        1. Yes, it’s harder to believe that his work isn’t much older than it is sometimes! It seems wonderfully American to me too – in an exotic way almost (I’m British)


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