View Full Version : Small press mags

Dr. Zirk
11-28-2005, 09:40 PM
I read a few small press horror magazines on a regular basis, and am curious if other TLO members have favorite titles that I ought to be checking out. Given that TL built his reputation in titles like Nyctalops and Grue, I try to keep my eyes open for other talented writers who may be sneaking up through the same channels.

I actively follow the current incarnation of Weird Tales, but my favorite small press title has got to be Wicked Hollow, which just put out a new issue after a long delay (and it's probably the best issue to date). I also subscribe to Talebones, which is published in my corner of the planet, and I used to follow Flesh & Blood, but had some subscription difficulties and let that one go.

If any of you have favorite small press magazines, let me hear from you! Given that these titles are easy to get through Shocklines, Project Pulp, etc. I'm always willing to risk a few bucks on a mag that may have great potential.

11-29-2005, 12:19 AM
I would also love to hear some recommendations for quality mags. I'm pretty ignorant of that side of things, but I would be interested in pursuing publication in the small press, in addition to being on the lookout for good reading. I want my fiction in print at least once before I shuffle off the planet. :wink:

11-29-2005, 06:24 AM
I'm a fan of both ALL HALLOWS and SUPERNATURAL TALES, though they may be a little light on the Ligottian story.

That said, I too have received and can recommend the latest WIKCED HOLLOW, though that's primarily because I'm in it ;-)

Dr. Zirk
11-29-2005, 09:38 PM
nomis, if I'm not mistaken, your story in Wicked Hollow #9 was "The Autumnal City"? If so, congrats - I thought that was the best story in the issue. Definitely recommended for other TLO members who may be curious...

11-30-2005, 12:39 AM
In addition to this, may I ask where you guys obtain you're weird fiction magazines? I've found one-ONE-Weird Tales in a Border's like a year ago that Ligotti happened to be in. Where may I come across such publications? I'm guessing my only option is the internet

Dr. Zirk
11-30-2005, 01:10 PM
Project Pulp and Shocklines are the best sources I've found for small press mags, especially those of the horror variety. Both of those sites have comprehensive search functions, so you can search by an author's name and find what small press mags he or she has contributed to.

I haven't checked out Clarkesworld too much, but other TLO members have mentioned that one, so it's probably worth checking out as well.

11-30-2005, 08:55 PM
nomis, if I'm not mistaken, your story in Wicked Hollow #9 was "The Autumnal City"? If so, congrats - I thought that was the best story in the issue. Definitely recommended for other TLO members who may be curious...

Yes, indeed, Dr Zirk, that's my tale. I appreciate the kind words tremendously.

I also agree that ProjectPulp and Shocklines are the best places to find good quality small press fiction, but it's a challenge... especially since these projects fall dormant so often.

08-28-2007, 11:03 AM
Over the past year or so, I've helped bring out a small press magazine, Filthy Creations. When I found Vault of Evil (http://vaultofevil.suddenlaunch3.com/index.cgi) I became involved with the writers workshop, The Workshop of Filthy Creation. The magazine, printed the old-fashioned way at my home, is something that I see as a kind of workshop showcase and a reaction to the growing tide of PDF ezines. Worthy as some of these are, personally, I dislike reading fiction on a computer screen.

The first issue received favourable comments from editor and author Michel Parry. The second included an interview with Ian Strachan, a former contributor to the well-known Pan books of horror.

Several contributors to Filthy Creations also have stories in the recent anthology edited by Charles Black, which is mentioned here: The Black Book of Horror Stories (http://p082.ezboard.com/The-Black-Book-of-Horror/fshocklinesforumfrm2.showMessage?topicID=49783.top ic).

I'm now working on issues 3 and 4 of the magazine - working on both together as the number of suitable stories appearing in the workshop recently has increased. The illustration below is for The Mound by Daniel McGachey, a Jamesian story which will appear in the third issue. My present avatar shows another illustration. Frankly it's the illustrations which take most of the time, so the magazine really needs an illustrator. I'm also wondering if it could become print-on demand.

Available from:
Rog Pile
46 Trenoweth Estate
North Country
TR16 4AH
England, UK

Or contact: haunteddollshouse@yahoo.co.uk

Available for postage to cover a 48 (approx) page A5 mag or a swap (you guessed I'm not in this for the money!)

Patrick Mullins
08-29-2007, 05:42 PM
I've seen the last 5 or so issues of Weird Tales. They're kind of...spotty, I'd say.
The Brian Stableford story from a few issues ago was a high point, in my opinion. A nice old fashioned conte cruel. All Hallows is generally good for both fiction and news/reviews.

Wicked Hollow is just a great name for anything (there has to be metal band somewhere named Wicked Hollow and they probably rule), and so I'll probably end up ordering one.