The 85 Weirdest, Day 79: Chuck Shepherd

The 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!

Not only is 2008 the 85th anniversary of Weird Tales, it’s the 20th anniversary of CHUCK SHEPHERD’s syndicated newspaper column, “News of the Weird.” What started in the Washington City Paper as just another alt-newsweekly snarkfest turned into the world’s premier tabulator of real people doing bizarre things. A million bloggers have emulated Shepherd’s format, but he was there first, chronicling the depths of surreality to which actual reality can sink.

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