Weekend Getaway: Weird Tales

Weird Tales, founded in 1923, has been publishing weird fiction (with interruptions from the 1950s to the 1980s) ever since. Now, in their 85th anniversary year, they are blowing the doors off in celebration.

Earlier this year they brought on new editor Ann VanderMeer (editor of the fantastic Silver Web) and more recently they completely renovated their website. But I’ll let Stephen H. Segal, creative director, explain what they’re up to now:

1. DOWNLOAD A COMPLETE ISSUE, FREE! For readers who’ve heard of Weird Tales but want a closer look before they plunk down their hard-earned cash, we’re offering—for a limited time only—a free, full PDF download of the July/August issue, chock full of strange sorcery, angelic gangster wars, and mecha-telepathic orphans. Featuring original fiction from Norman Spinrad, Nick Mamatas, and Karen Heuler; an in-depth interview with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola; a journey into H.P. Lovecraft’s dreamlands; an exclusive excerpt from Stephen Hunt’s steampunk epic The Court of the Air; and lots more!

2. ONE-MINUTE WEIRD TALES. Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, we’re launching a new series of embeddable micro-flash stories that unfold in sixty seconds or less! The debut piece, live on our home page now, is by J.M. McDermott, author of the novel Last Dragon. [ed. note: the videos are on the front page]

3. NEW HOLIDAY ART EXCLUSIVES! Sculptor Callie Badorrek of Monster Hollow Studios is offering six original, one-of-a-kind ceramic gargoyles and goblins for purchase at WeirdTalesMagazine.com. Get them while they last!

4. INTERNATIONAL FICTION SPOTLIGHT. The current issue of Weird Tales is devoted to weird stories from authors living all around the world. Tune into WeirdTalesMagazine.com over the next several weeks to read web-exclusive posts from this new global generation of authors.

Wow! There should be plenty of stuff there to keep you busy over the weekend! I’ve always enjoyed the magazine, but I have to say that the current rendition has me hooked. I love the new look of the magazine, and the content is just as amazing as ever.


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