In celebration of of the first issue of Weird Tales with Ann VanderMeer as fiction editor, Ann invited the contributors to that first issue and subsequent issues to guest blog here in December and January. Below you’ll find all of those links–to wonderful posts from Norman Spinrad, Sarah Monette, Felix Gilman, Cat Rambo, actor/writer Michael Boatman, Paul Tremblay, and a host of new writers. Mark my words: you’ll be hearing a lot more from many of these newbies. They represent the next generation of fantasy, dark fantasy, and horror. One thing I know for sure about Ann as an editor: she has a great eye for new talent. When she was editing The Silver Web, she published some of the first stories by writers who now have major careers, including Daniel Abraham.
The latest Weird Tales should be on newsstands now. Check it out. This isn’t your grandpa’s Weird Tales–it’s something that should appeal both to new readers and those who grew up on WT’s reputation for tradition and quality. Ann’s let me read some of the stuff she’s taken, and I have to say it’s blown me away.
Print genre magazines have taken a lot of heat recently for being behind the times and not keeping up with what the next generation of readers want. But Weird Tales, by adding comics, by being open to a wider range of weird fiction, and in a dozen other ways, including the look-and-feel of the magazine, is adapting to the 21st century. Consider supporting it–right now you can get a subscription at a very reasonable price, which will include the 85th Anniversary Issue, featuring a new Elric novella by Michael Moorcock and my interview with China Mieville (among the best he’s done, I think–lots of fun). That 85th anniversary issue also includes a REMARKABLE debut: “Creature” by Ramsey Shehadeh. So you really can’t go wrong.
You’ll find all of the links below the cut.
NOTE: If you visited and the links didn’t work–they’re now fixed.
Dec 8, 2007 – Cat Rambo on Early Influences
Wed, Dec 12, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ John Kirk on Geliophobia
Thurs, Dec 13, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Chiles Samaneigo on Guest Blogging
Sat, Dec 15, 2007 – Erik Amundsen on Where We Get Fat
Sun, Dec 16, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Mark Budman on When Do You Stop?
Mon, Dec 17, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Norman Spinrad on What’s Really Out There
Tues, Dec 18, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Karen Heuler on Going Outside the Fence
Wed, Dec 19, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Caleb Wilson on Delighting in the Weird
Thurs, Dec 20, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Rory Steves on Radiation Angels
Fri, Dec 21, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Calvin Mills on The Weird Element
Sat, Dec 22, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Chiles Samaneigo on Being Asked
Sun, Dec 23, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Matthew Pridham on The Artful Silence
Mon. Dec 24, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Hunter Eden on My Three Bogeymen
Wed, Dec 26, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ramsey Shehadeh on Thoughting
Thur, Dec 27, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Scott Andrews on Why I Write Fantasy
Fri, Dec 28, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Peter Atwood on My Wife is not a Spy
Sat, Dec 29, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Jonathan Wood on The Egomaniacal Act of Writing
Sun, Dec 30, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Alistair Rennie on Archiving the Weird
Mon, Dec 31, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Mike Allen on Fascinations with the Disturbing
Wed, Jan 2, 2008 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Paul Tremblay on Books Worth Seeking Out
Sun, Jan 6, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Mark Budman on The Shape of Innovation
Mon, Jan 7, 2008 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Michael Boatman on UFO’s are Real, Dammit!
Tues. Jan 8, 2008 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Sarah Monette on Catastrophe
Wed, Jan 9, 2008 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ chiles samaniego on Being Left Behind
Sun, Jan 13, 2008 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ben Thomas on Shakespeare’s Ghosts and Lovecraft’s Gods
Sun, Jan 13, 2008 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Felix Gilman on Literary Belatedness
Mon, Jan 14, 2008 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Christopher Furst on Being an Orangutan