When the fall arrives, I get into the mood for darker fiction, particularly H.P. Lovecraft. I’ve written about Lovecraft before, but I didn’t quite realize how important the magazine was, despite its general flaws in quality, to the genre. Authors such as C.L. Moore, and quite a few others passed through its pages, and it’s clear that it’s a publication that’s just as important as Astounding or Amazing Stories.
Go read The Troubled History of Weird Tales Magazine over on Kirkus Reviews.
Ann VanderMeer has forwarded the table of contents for her final issue of Weird Tales as editor:
- Emily Jiang – Poetry: The Tastiest Part of the Brain
- Stephen Graham Jones – Fiction: Notes from the Apocalypse
- Tamsyn Muir – Fiction: The magician’s Assistant
- Evan J. Peterson – Fiction: Five Films Reviewed by Frankenstein’s Creature
- Tom Underberg – Fiction: The One That’s Worse Than Mine
- Leena Likitalo – Fiction: Watcher
- Joel Lane – Fiction: Waiting for the Thaw
- Conrad Williams – Fiction: f/8
- Keith Schaffner – Poetry: Band Resurrected
- Paula Guran – Non-fic articles
- Art and Interview with Richard A. Kirk
- JoSelle Vanderhooft – Interview with Laird Barron
- Michael Skeet – Non-fic: Weird Music
- Kenneth Hite – Non-Fic: Lost in Lovecraft
Ann VanderMeer – Editor
Stephen Segal – Art Direction
Steve Archer – Interior art
Matt Mills – Art: Cover Art
- Ridley Scott is set to direct an Alien prequel film. WTF? Sir Ridley said Science Fictions are as dead as Westerns…Don’t get me started.
- Marty Halpern talks about his personal memories of Jack Vance.
- Mark Teppo talks about ideas in his guest-post at Electric Velocipede Blog.
- In response to Joe Abercrombie’s Dungeons & Dragons post, Bill Ward says Thank You, D&D .
- Edward Champion asks: Are Bookstores Being Too Censorious With Author Events?
- Weird Tales will be releasing One-Minute Weird Tales micro-fictions weekly from now through Halloween. [via J.M. McDermott]
- David Langford has posted the new Ansible for August 2009.
- Spiderman Saves the Day! Yay, Spiderman!
- More Dork Tower vs. The SyFy Channel.
- An Engadget contest to skin the Kindle has resulted in some cool designs — like this one based on Philip K. Dick’s Ubik.
- You want a jetpack? I got your jetpack tight here. Just bring your own water. [via Boing Boing]
- @io9 lists Our Favorite Last Lines From Science Fiction Novels and Science Fiction’s Scariest Priests and Preachers.
- Name that book: They speak German and they carry whips.