I have lived in the Portland area for more than 30 years….and I never really bought into the idea that Portland is weird. It was just such a pleasant surprise after living in crowded Southern California…a nice progressive city with plenty of night life surrounded by a wealth of natural wonders. I guess it represents a good marketing strategy/slogan.
City of Weird capitalizes on this bumper sticker slogan by conjuring up what we fear: death, darkness, ghosts. Hungry sea monsters and alien slime molds. Blood drinkers and game show hosts.
Set in Portland, Oregon, these 30 original stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines.
Including such authors as Rene Denfeld, Justin Hocking, Leni Zumas, and Kevin Sampsell, editor Gigi Little has curated a collection that is quirky, often chilling, at times surprisingly profound—and weird.