Penumbra No. 1 (2020)



  • A Journal of Weird Fiction and Criticism

  • Edited by S. T. Joshi

  • ISBN 9781614983095

  • September 2020

  • 318 pp

  • Cover art by George C. Cotronis. Cover design by Daniel V. Sauer.


Penumbra is a new annual journal that seeks to present cutting-edge articles on weird fiction as well as original weird fiction by some of the most talented contemporary writers in the field. This first issue contains scintillating new fiction by such veterans as Mark Samuels and Michael Aronovitz, as well as by new and up-and-coming writers such as Curtis M. Lawson, Manuel Arenas, Belicia Rhea, and others. As a “classic reprint,” we present a rare story by Gertrude Atherton.


Among the works of criticism and scholarship, Matt Cardin studies a story by Thomas Ligotti; John Tibbetts supplies a detailed overview of the ghost stories of Edith Wharton; James Goho analyzes the work of Simon Strantzas; Darrell Schweitzer assesses the eccentric tales of John Collier; and Nancy Holder demonstrates the frequency with which Sherlock Holmes has entered weird fiction over the decades. Other essays touch on the work of Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Dunsany, China Miéville, Jean Ray, and William Hope Hodgson. Mark Samuels translates a little-known essay on weird fiction by Stefan Grabinski, while Jason V Brock provides an essay on zombie films.


We also feature verse by such leading contemporary as Wade German, Adam Bolivar, John Shirley, Darrell Schweitzer, Nicole Cushing, and Leigh Blackmore.


All told, Penumbra is a rich feast of weird fiction, poetry, and criticism, showing the vibrancy of a genre that is enjoying immense popularity in the present day.






If Destiny Still Reigns / Mark Samuels

The Truth about Vampires / Curtis M. Lawson

Las Llorasangres / Michael Parker

Static / Belicia Rhea

The Slug / Jon Bockes

Counter-Current / Michael Aronovitz

The Crazy Mountains / Dylan Henderson

The Hell of Mirrors / Manuel Arenas

Door Skin / Belicia Rhea


Classic Reprint

The Caves of Death / Gertrude Atherton



Icy Bleakness and Killing Sadness: The Desolating Impact of Thomas Ligotti’s “The Bungalow House” / Matt Cardin

The Cosmic Scale of Elfland / Michael D. Miller

The Idea of the North in the Fiction of Simon Strantzas / James Goho

I Walked with a Zombie: The Tragicomic World of the Firefly Clan / Jason V Brock

“The Terror of Solitude”: The Supernatural Fiction of Edith Wharton / John C. Tibbetts

Finding Sherlock Holmes in Weird Fiction / Nancy Holder

Confessions / Stefan Grabinski

“The Weird Dominions of the Infinite”: Edgar Allan Poe and the Scientific Gothic / Sorina Higgins

The Psychic Sleuth Who Survived / Lee Weinstein

The Resurgence of a Fallen Angel: Echoes of The Ghost Pirates in “The Mainz Psalter” / Hubert Van Calenbergh

Monstrous Tourism: Petromodernity in China Miéville’s “Covehithe” / Rhonda Knight

John Collier: A Weird Fantasist in Jester’s Motley / Darrell Schweitzer



Mormo / Wade German

To Live at the Edge of a Black Hole / John Shirley

Et In Arcadia Jack / Adam Bolivar

The Mysteries of the Worm / Darrell Schweitzer

Delirium Vivens / Nicole Cushing

The Fantastic Flame / Leigh Blackmore


Notes on Contributors

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 02 September, 2020.