Friday, December 14, 2007

Weird Tales - Sep/Oct 2008

The PGS contributor I hinted at here has given me permission to reveal his identity. It's chiles samaniego, author of "The Saint of Elsewhere" from PGS2, who is coming out in the Sep/Oct 2008 issue of Weird Tales with his story, "Time and the Orpheus". Sorry about assuming that his story was coming out early next year; it seems we'll have to wait till next year's -ber months. Which might be a good thing, actually, 'coz it'll give us time to subscribe to the magazine. I'm not sure if they're going to publish his story online.

In addition, chiles is also guest blogging over at Ecstatic Days, the site of author Jeff Vandermeer, by invitation of Jeff's wife, Ann. Ann is the fiction editor of Weird Tales. Congratulations, chiles!

Weird Tales is one of those pulp/genre magazines that's been around for a really long time (I have old, old, old issues boxed somewhere). Believe it or not, it's been in publication since 1923. It's known as the magazine that published the stories of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, making the author quite popular. "The Call of Cthulhu" was first printed in Weird Tales. Other famous genre writers who have written tales that have found their way into the mag's pages are Robert E. Howard (of Conan the Barbarian fame), Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon, and Clarke Ashton Smith. This was when pulp was at its height in America, and Weird Tales was one of the major proponents of genre fiction.

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