Ann VanderMeer’s First Long Interview

My wife Ann has a long interview here in which she talks about how she got the Weird Tales fiction editor gig, recommends books, etc. Entirely appropriate, I think, to post with so many Weird Tales writers blogging here over the past few weeks.



  1. AnnV says

    And of course, once I finished the interview, I thought of several MORE books I should have mentioned, such as Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey and Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

  2. says

    Yeah, as I was reading the reading list I thought there were a number of books Jeanie would be interested in. So I printed the interview for her. I’ll probably be on a book run with *my* Borders gift card very soon… :D Thanks Ann, great interview!


  3. James says

    Ditto the upraised thumbs for your recommendations. One, Memory’s Tailor, sounded perfect for a friend, so I clicked straight from your interview to ordering it.

  4. says

    Ann, I loved The Chess Garden–it’s so good to see it on someone else’s list. I recommended it to a book group I belonged to, and they didn’t like it (a lesson in knowing your group). But I still think of it as magical, and deeply melancholy, and wonderful. That teacup of smoke–ah.

    Really vivid interview, a pleasure to read.

  5. Michael Bishop says

    Good interview, Ann, and good recommendations (although I was stunned, happily so, to find Brittle Innings among your listings), many of which, if indeed not all of them previously unread, I hope to read one day. I’m also boggled by the amount of work you (and Jeff) both get accomplished. (In fact, I’m even halfway considering starting my own day with, uh, four eggs.) In any event, I’m looking forward to future issues of Weird Tales and greatly enjoyed the most recent one to come through my mailbox.