The Weird and the Eerie

Mark Fisher

What exactly are the ‘weird’ and the ‘eerie’? In this new essay, Mark Fisher argues that some of the most haunting and anomalous fiction of the 20th century belongs to these two modes. The ‘weird’ and the ‘eerie’ are closely related but distinct modes, each possessing its own distinct properties.  Both have often been associated with Horror, yet this emphasis overlooks the aching fascination that such texts can exercise. The ‘weird’ and the ‘eerie’ both fundamentally concern the outside and the unknown, which are not intrinsically horrifying, even if they are always unsettling.
Perhaps a proper understanding of the human condition requires examination of liminal concepts such as the weird and the eerie.

These two modes will be analysed with reference to the work of authors such as H. P. Lovecraft,  H. G. Wells, M.R. James, Christopher Priest, Joan Lindsay, Daphne du Maurier, Alan Garner and Margaret Atwood, and films by Stanley Kubrick, Jonathan Glazer and Christopher Nolan.

Mark Fisher was the author of Capitalist Realism and Ghosts of My Life. He lectured at Goldsmiths, blogged at and wrote regularly for other publications including The Guardian. Tragically, he died in early 2017, just prior to the publication of The Weird and the Eerie. A fund to support his family has been set-up at To donate, please click here.

The Weird and the Eerie is out now. Available from all good bookshops or online: Amazon UK / HiveAmazon US / Barnes & Noble

On sale: January 2017
PB ISBN: 9781910924389 ($14.95 US/ $15.95 CAN)
eBook ISBN: 9781910924396 ($9.99 US/ $9.95 CAN)