Weird fiction has its own consistency, which can be most clearly delineated by comparing it to two adjacent modes, Fantasy and the Uncanny: 1/4
Fantasy (Tolkien is the exemplar here) presupposes a completed World, a world that's superficially different to 'ours' (there may be different species & supernatural forces) but is politically all-too familiar -with some nostalgia for the ordered organization of feudal hierarchy
The Uncanny - the strangely familiar, the unhomely, the unheimlich - meanwhile, is set in 'our' world - only that world is no longer 'ours' any more, it no longer coincides with itself, it has been estranged.
The Weird depends upon the difference between worlds -with 'world' here having an ontological sense, not an empirical difference. The political philosophical implications are clear: *there is no World*. What we call *the* world is a local consensus hallucination, a shared dream.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Mark Fisher's Haunt

Mark Fisher's Haunt Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!