WEIRD TALES REVAMP/SPECIAL OFFER
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...