This is not a review. Lynda E. Rucker’s THE MOON WILL LOOK STRANGE (Karōshi Books, 2013) fits right in with the wave of North American weird and strange fiction releases that have been appearing over the last year or so. By which I mean, it fits in because it explores similar themes yet from its own direction. Where someone like Nathan Ballingrud tackles the concept of loss on reflection, when broken men and women try to cope with what they have experienced, Rucker instead explores it from within the moment of loss itself. Her characters a suffering loss as the stories unfold, and as is so often the case they don’t recognize it or understand it as it is happening. Rucker’s characters do not experience loss as much as they are lost, and the disorientation they feel is mirrored in the reader’s own disorientation, evoked by Rucker’s delicate sense of ambiguity. (See stories such as “No More A-Roving”, or “Beneath the Drops” as examples.) In this way, her work calls to mind one of the most appealing aspects of Robert Aickman’s work—the air of dislocation created by the unfolding of strange and dreamlike events. Rucker is, if nothing else, careful, and that’s something too often absent from even the best of Horror fiction. For lovers of the strange, I can hardly think of a better book to recommend.