TBH, 80s nostalgia as interpreted by zoomers is taking over the horror genre and the weird fiction renaissance of the mid to late 00s is over.
Fortunately there's a new Yelena Moskovich novel out for people like me who just want fiction that makes them feel like the top of their head was just removed.
And there's Mariana Enriquez too.
Samantha Schweblin, whom Enrique gets compared to, is too close to allegory to really work for me.
Oh and Brian Evenson, Michael Cisco and Steve Rasnic Tem, to look at writers vaguely within genre are still writing.
And M John Harrison...exists. That's good.

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