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Several exciting developments mark the start of 2011 for Weird Tales. In addition to launching a new website , editor-in-chief Ann VanderMeer and publisher John Betancourt have raised the pay rate to 5 cents per word and implemented a new submissions portal for potential contributors.

These changes come on the heels of the news last year that VanderMeer would be taking over as editor-in-chief, with Paula Guran retained as nonfiction editor and Mary Robinette Kowal named as art director. This is the first time in the magazine’s 88-year history that Weird Tales has had an all-female editorial/management staff. Dominik Parisien and Alan Swirsky join Tessa Kum as editorial assistants on the Weird Tales team.

“Weird Tales was always known for publishing unclassifiable dark fiction, for publishing new voices alongside old pros, and we’ll continue that tradition,” VanderMeer says. “Our website updates those traditions by posting video flash fictions and news of the bizarre.” The new site also features a blog, through which VanderMeer and the rest of the Weird Tales team will discuss fiction and topics related to the revamped magazine.

This month marks the publication of the 357 issue of the magazine, featuring exceptionally strong short fiction. Contributors include Hundred Thousand Kingdoms’ N.K. Jemisin with “The Trojan Girl”, Swedish newcomer Karin Tidbeck’s ingenious and unsettling inversion of faerie and critically acclaimed J. Robert Lennon with “Portal,” a disturbing Shirley-Jackson-esque horror story. Weird Tales will return to its normal quarterly schedule this year, with future issues slated for May, August, and November.

Thanks to Matt Kressel for the new website and Neil Clarke for the submissions portal.

Weird Tales


My card from the Tarot tonight:

My question to the Magic 9 Ball:


and the pleasing response

Which tells you next to nothing about the magazine itself, but you like magic, don’t you kids?


PREVIEW: “DRIVE ANGRY” The filmmakers and cast reveal how they souped up this supernatural action thriller. Plus: more cinematic car-nage.

PREVIEW: “BLACK DEATH” Bubonic or demonic? That’s the question at the heart of one of the year’s best fear features.

PREVIEW: “RED RIDING HOOD” Director Catherine Hardwicke assures there’s more red to this movie than just the heroine’s costume. Plus: Stephen Rea recalls “The Company of Wolves.”

INTERVIEW: MICHAEL WADLEIGH Part one of an exclusive chat with the man who put Whitley Strieber’s “Wolfen” on the big screen.

INTERVIEW: JAMES CUMMINS The late filmmaker/FX artist looked back at how he dug up offbeat scares in “The Boneyard.”

PREVIEW: “DYING FOR DAYLIGHT” You’ve read and watched Charlaine Harris’ vampires; now you can play as one!

PREVIEW: “THE THEATRE BIZARRE” What’s better than a movie by one of horror’s most independent-minded directors? A movie by seven of ’em!

INTERVIEW: RICHARD MATHESON He’s set trends, broken ground and influenced generations—the man who is legend speaks. Plus: new Matheson books and Blu-rays.

INTERVIEW: WILLIAM F. NOLAN Another of the genre’s longest-writing talents discusses projects old and new.

PREVIEW: “BEREAVEMENT” There’ll be plenty to grieve about once this movie’s maniac is through.

INTERVIEW: JOSÉ MOJICA MARINS Coffin Joe is the “Embodiment of Evil,” and his creator has resurrected him for the 21st century.

PREVIEW: “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE” What they are are cannibals, stuggling to survive in the modern world.

INTERVIEW: LINNEA QUIGLEY Welcome the return of one of the “Living Dead” to Fango’s pages. Plus: celebrating the “Return” in print.

PROFILE: JIM WYNORSKI He’s devoted his life to unapologetic B-fare, and made quite a killing at it. Plus: Wynorski on Wynorski.

PROFILE: RICHARD A. KIRK What kind of artist would be embraced by both Clive Barker and Korn? Find out here.

And More.

FANGORIA 301! The cover sucks!

Issue 05 is ALIVE. Woop woop woop! Break out the disco ball and put on your dancing shoes, because after printing the solemn, ghostly memento mori that was #04, we’ve gone somewhere completely different with this one. We proudly present you with an issue that’s colorful, frenetic, vibrant, and celebratory.

Issue 05 reflects a Coilhouse family quest for renewal and rejoicing, and there’s SO FRIGGIN’ MUCH to celebrate this time around: extensive features on fascinating artists, authors, fashion designers, photographers and musicians, a personal memoir about kinship and D&D, a dialog examining the cultural history and continuing relevance of American burlesque, an exposition of 19th century populist fiction from China, a particularly heart-jolting paper doll, and have we mentioned that holographic gold foil lately? Gah…


“The Phantom’s VideoScope is an almost free-associational speed-rap on genre and fringe movies. If you’re interested in films made far off the beaten path, you’ll find them here.”
— John Sayles

“The Phantom of the Movies’ VideoScope is for every fan of the obscure and the witty, the weird, the terrifying, and the fantastic!”
— Clive Barker


Cinema Retro’s seventh year of publishing has officially started now that issue #19 is shipping to UK and European subscribers. Subscribers in North America and other parts of the world will get their issues shortly after the new year, once the issues arrive from England.

Thanks to everyone who has subscribed or renewed their subscriptions. If you have not done so, please do so today. Every issue is a limited edition collector’s item, so don’t delay and end up missing any issues of the new season.

Issue #19 is truly one of our best to date. Consider these highlights:

  • We celebrate the Blu-ray release of The Exorcist with Matthew R. Bradley and Gilbert Colon’s in-depth interview with author William Peter Blatty, who discusses some fascinating aspects about the making of the classic movie. There’s also an abundance of facts and rare photos including a cover photo that is bound to give you the creeps.
  • Todd Garbarini has an exclusive interview with the original cougar, Angie Dickinson, who discusses Roger Vadim’s quirky sex comedy/murder mystery Pretty Maids All in a Row, with Rock Hudson as a horndog high school counselor- who might also be a serial killer.
  • Lee Pfeiffer celebrates the 45th anniversary of the film version of The Sound of Music by visiting the famed Von Trapp Lodge in Vermont, where he met with Johannes Von Trapp, son of Captain and Maria.
  • Steve Saragossi presents an in-depth look at the career of an under-rated leading man of 60s and 70s cinema: Rod Taylor.
  • In part two of Matthew Field’s interview with Lewis Gilbert, the famed director looks back on his “personal” films including the classic Alfie.
  • Dave Worrall takes you behind the scenes at the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 auction in London

And more!

Cinema Retro!




  1. I’d celebrate that issue of FANGORIA even if I didn’t have reason to believe that my book is reviewed therein (as it is in VIDEOSCOPE). Can’t wait to see it…

    • Yeah, it looks like a great issue. But I hate that cover.

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