One of my favourite genres is what you would consider ‘new weird’. Technically ‘new weird’ fiction is an offshoot of the ‘weird’ subgenre of speculative fiction. New weird books cross traditional genre boundaries in attempts to overturn cliches but they often get miscategorised as science fiction or horror. They’re polarising but I love them and have a few recommendations for you today.
I read this for the first time back in August 2019 as part of a week-long read-a-thon and I think I got it all wrong. It was the height of summer, I was listening to the audiobook on 2x speed and as you can imagine the result was a sub-par reading experience and a 3-star rating. As I didn’t give this book a fair chance, I decided to give it another go this October.
Over the past couple of years the dark academia genre has slowly become one of my favourites. I did a bit of Googling and found the definition to be ‘dark academia is an aesthetic centered on higher education, writing, the arts, and classic Greek and Gothic architecture, as well as romantic longing and death’. And today I have a list of recommendations for you.