… the New Weird was a bit of a misnomer – a stillborn literary movement which these days just leads to rejection letters. In editorial offices, the NW died years ago…
If you’re a new writer, I think it’s probably best to remember that, and save yourself a world of pain – I speak with my own rejection letters in hand, and the guiding voice of my agent. (If the editors don’t like it, you can bet the bookchains don’t either – so forget any marketing value.)
Of course I loved whatever the hell it was – probably just books written by China and Jeff, ultimately, and which is not to deny their obvious successes. All the rest is just genre taxonomy, best left to those who care for such arcane arts.
I will of course admire any movement within the genre that attempts to do something different, and that isn’t merely reducible to aesthetic values.
Move along now. There’s nothing to see here.