A couple of years ago, I took a course called Gothic Horror. Before that point, I'd never been all that interested in the genre, and I had been annoyed that I wasn't able to get into the Science Fiction literature course offered around the same time.
The course turned my thinking around, however, and I was now introduced to authors such as H.P. Lovecraft and reintroduced to ones such as Edgar Allan Poe, whom I'd loved as a child. Since then, I've become far more interested in such weird stories, and in researching SF history, I've come to really enjoy a range of authors, especially the ones from C.L. Moore, Francis Stevens and Robert E. Howard. The Weird sort of stories seem to have fallen out of favor as the pulps did, and it hasn't been until recently that such stories have been coming back in a big way. Jeff VanderMeer's latest novel, Annihilation (2014) is the sort of novel that continues this new explosion.
It's a weird (and Weird) short novel. Four women compose an expedition into Area X. The region has been cut off from the rest of civilization for decades, and theirs is the Twelfth Expedition. The remaining expeditions, when they returned, returned broken, sick or damaged. Their mission was to observe what was happening in Area X, and to avoid contamination. As they explore Area X, it's clear that there's more than meets the eye.