Wednesday, February 14, 2007

ANN VANDERMEER: New Weird Tales Fiction Editor

HUGE congratulations to my wife, Ann, who is now the fiction editor for Weird Tales. Full press release below. I'll be posting the answers to a few questions posed to Ann later today or tomorrow.

Somehow it's appropriate it's Valentine's Day. We have an odd tradition of going to the weirdest, most surreal, least romantic movie possible on Valentine's Day. So Ann becoming fiction editor of Weird Tales today is fitting.



FEB. 14 -- Weird Tales publisher John Gregory Betancourt announced today the selection of Ann VanderMeer as the magazine's new fiction editor. VanderMeer, formerly the founding editor of the surrealist fiction magazine The Silver Web (1988-2002), will take over the Weird Tales position as of issue #347 in October 2007.

"We're thrilled to have Ann working on Weird Tales," said Betancourt. "Her work on Prime Books' new Best American Fantasy anthology is exciting and provocative, and we can't wait to see what she'll surprise us with in the magazine."

Ann VanderMeer has been a publisher and editor for over twenty years, running her award-winning Buzzcity Press. Work from her press and related periodicals has won the British Fantasy Award, the International Rhysling Award, and appeared in several year's best anthologies. In addition, she has been a partner with her husband, Jeff VanderMeer, on such editing projects as the World Fantasy Award-winning Leviathan series and the Hugo finalist The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases. A Best of the Silver Web is forthcoming from Prime Books.

Currently, she is serving as one of the guest editors for the new Best American Fantasy, and is co-editing anthologies including The New Weird (Tachyon Publications), Fast Ships, Black Sails (Nightshade Books), Last Drink Bird Head, and Love-Drunk Book Heads.

“I am very honored and excited to be the newest member of the Weird Tales team," says VanderMeer. "I'm inspired by all the extraordinary work I see being created today and can’t wait to bring a diversity of experience to the Weird Tales audience.”

VanderMeer will be accepting fiction submissions via email beginning March 6 at Writers lacking email capabilites are welcome to send hardcopy submissions to her, attn: Weird Tales, P.O. Box 38190, Tallahassee, FL 32315. Updated submission guidelines will be available online as of March 1 at

Creative director Stephen H. Segal will serve as interim editorial director for issues #344-#346, which are now closed to fiction submissions. He will continue thereafter to serve as Weird Tales' nonfiction editor. Nonfiction submission guidelines will be available online as of March 1 at

Weird Tales, the world's first fantasy fiction magazine, introduced the world to such legendary authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Ray Bradbury. The magazine will celebrate the 85th anniversary of its founding in early 2008 (as well as the 20th anniversary of its modern-day incarnation).

Stephen H. Segal, creative director/general manager,
John Gregory Betancourt, publisher,
Ann VanderMeer,


At 10:41 AM, Blogger Rajan said...

Congratulations, Ann. This is great news.

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Clare said...

Wonderful, Ann. Congratulations and well deserved.

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Jason Erik Lundberg said...

Kick ass, Ann! This is very welcome news for that magazine.

At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Paul Jessup said...

Nice! Great news. I really liked the Silver Web back in the day.

At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Christopher said...

Wow. That's way cool. Actually, it's not even that it's all that cool for y'all (Vandermeers), it's that it's cool for us (WT readers). Wow.

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Dan Read said...

Wow! Congratulations, Ann.

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Eugene said...

Terrific news! Looks like it's time for me to get a subscription to Weird Tales. I can't wait to see what you do with the magazine, Ann. Congratulations!

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ann, how very wonderful for you which I'm sure is thoroughly deserved.

Anne S

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Big congrats and hug to you, Ann!

At 3:15 PM, Blogger jukkahoo said...

Wahey! Great news. Now, if only I could, like, get the WT at the local store or even at the Academic Bookstore. Or anywhere in Finland... *sigh*

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Tessa said...

Tres magnific! You're one step closer to world domination.

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous James said...

Kudos to Ann, and to you, Jeff, basking in her reflected glow.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger Kameron Hurley said...

Sweeeet. I wondered who was going to end up with that one....

At 2:36 AM, Blogger David Soares said...

Hello, Jeff and Ann!

Congratulations for this achievement!



At 12:25 PM, Blogger Steve Buchheit said...

Congrats, Ann.

At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Ann V. said...

Thanks to all of you. I can't wait to get started!


At 10:14 AM, Blogger Fran Friel said...

HUGE congratulations, Ann! What a gig. Wishing you smooth sailing.

Best Regards,

At 4:32 PM, Anonymous K Alsbrooks said...

Congratulations to Ann for a honor well deserved!
Can't wait to see what you'll do!

Kris Alsbrooks

At 4:15 PM, Blogger naomie76 said...

Great website. I was just reading "The New Weird" and thought of looking at the associated magazines. Weird Tales has a nice layout and I'm happy to see electronic submissions are okay. However, it doesn't say anything about art submissions.


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