Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Weird Tales is doing a special subscription offer to celebrate their change in focus and new design: one year for only $12. I highly recommend taking advantage of it. (Ann's happy to report a surge of fiction submissions from a varied and talented bunch of writers--guidelines for submission here.)

Also, here's a sneak peek at an abridged version of the editorial in the forthcoming issue, out in April:

Weird Tales has never quite been just a horror magazine, or a fantasy magazine, or a gothic-flavored science fiction magazine. Go back to its very beginnings, to the editors who first discovered the genius of H.P. Lovecraft, and you find that their mission was more loosely defined than that. They founded the magazine to publish "the bizarre, the unusual... highly imaginative stories." They saw it as a rebellious cultural alternative to the dull corporate sameness of the popular, mainstream entertainment world.

In addition to the visual redesign we're unveiling in April/May's issue #344, no fewer than seven writers are making their Weird Tales debuts therein - a percentage we're awfully excited about. To name just a few: Paul E. Martens has been building a rep as one of the most startling new voices in short fiction, and his "Mary Smith" introduces one of the more colorfully memorable characters we've seen lately. Trent Hergenrader's "Working Out Our Salvation" offers a poignant, unexpected look at the lives of the undead. And Lisa Mantchev and Scott William Carter both reimagine the world of fairytale in their respective stories, from radically different perspectives. There are also some new departments we hope you'll enjoy.

"Weirdism," featuring short essays on the weirdness we encounter in real life, launches with an original nonfiction story by Caitlin R. Kiernan. "Old Weird, New Weird" looks at the magazine's past and future. And "Lost Pages" presents intriguing glimpses of tomes, codices and artifacts that may or may not exist in this universe...


At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Christopher said...

Wow, y'know I was skeptical but I've had decades of exposure to the WT logo--it was a successful brand. So I'm kinda shocked at how much I like that cover.

Good luck, Ann!

PS My word verification is "uawva" which, this week anyway, looks like a bracket matchup.

At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Jonathan Wood said...

Lovely cover art? Who's responsible?

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Stephen Segal said...

Jonathan -- the artwork is by Anita Zofia Siuda, an outstanding young talent from Poland we expect to be seeing more of!

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Paul Jessup said...

Wow, that cover is amazing. When I'm done paying for GrendelSong's second issue I think I'll subscribe to this and Fantasy.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Steve Buchheit said...

When I first saw the new type treatment for WT, it left me cold. But it's grown on me since then. And now it sounds like WT is doing some more cool things. Sounds very cool, Ann.


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