Written by

Kevan Manwaring


18th February 2021






British Library Publishing

Heavy Weather: tempestuous tales of stranger climes

“The sound seemed everywhere; it seemed to emanate from the unleashed forces of the storm itself; its rasping moan was a demoniacal cry, screaming a weird defiance into the teeth of the mighty monsoon.”

Since ancient times literature has been awash with tales of strange weather; accounts of nature’s real destructive power blending into mythology, fantasy and folklore. This new collection gathers the best stories of ecological upset, nightmarish meteorological extremes and inexplicable atmospheric phenomena from the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, when pioneering authors began to weave the otherworldliness of environmental disturbances into supernatural or uncanny experiences.

With stories from Algernon Blackwood, Herman Melville, Mary Shelley, Daphne du Maurier and many more, this foray into severe winters, stifling heats, roiling oceans and piercing gales offers the perfect read on a rainy day – or night.