The aims of the Weird Fiction Discussion Group are (a) to discuss the genre of weird fiction, the authors associated with the genre and their works, (b) to discuss weird fiction elements that appear in other mediums [such as art, film, television, merchandise, etc.], (c) to discuss topics related to the genre of weird fiction [such as Forteana, Supernaturalism in the 19th Century, Theosophy, The Shaver Mystery, etc.]
What is Weird Fiction? How is it related to the Horror genre? "Weird Fiction" was the term employed by H. P. Lovecraft to describe much of his work. For our purposes, a work of Weird Fiction has two distinguishing characteristics: (1) It is set in the real world, or one very similar to ours, and (2) it contains some element(s) of the supernatural or the unreal. The term "Horror" is much more broad in scope and covers works that do not necessarily contain unreal or supernatural elements. Also, unlike Horror, there is no rule stating that a tale of Weird Fiction must attempt to frighten the reader. Weird Fiction as a genre aims to broaden our notions of what is possible, usually by exploring the unknown from a realistic perspective.
Some examples of Weird Fiction authors: Robert Aickman (1914-1981) Ambrose Bierce (1842–1914?) Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) Ramsey Campbell (1946-) Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) M. R. James (1862-1936) T. E. D. Klein (1947-) H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) Thomas Ligotti (1953-) Arthur Machen (1863-1947) Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) Rod Serling (1924-1975) Bram Stoker (1847-1912) Karl Edward Wagner (1945-1994) Manly Wade Wellman (1903-1986) F. Paul Wilson (1946-)