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Re: Small press mags

I did not stay with Weirdbook very long. I thought it was poorly assembled and the text was sometimes a pain to read.
Whispers was extremely professional, especially by the end.
Coye provided a lot of artwork for early issues, Fabian for later.
I think Schiff over-extended himself into limited edition hardbacks as well as the mass publishers, Playboy and Doubleday.
Nyctalops was more experimental and artistic.
This where I first read Ligotti and saw Potter's images.
Editor Harry O Morris was no slouch, either.
Both Whispers and Nyctalops (earlier issues) had excellent "Letters" sections with comments from old timers.
All three can be found. Harry is still active as an artist by the way.
He was Richard Matheson's preferred illustrator at Gauntlet.
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Also been having a look at Salmonson's magazines like Fantasy Macabre and Fantasy & Terror. New ones like revived Weirdbook, Spectral Realms, Skelos, Lackingtons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly and others.

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Nyctalops issues are more expensive than most of the others. Not many stories in them either but I'd like to get at least one because a lot of the names are unfamiliar.

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Ever since the discussion of Weirdbook and Whispers in the William Scott Home thread, I've been increasingly interested in fiction and poetry magazines. Been buying a bunch and hoping I haven't made a mistake but some of the art is great. I like how they seem more stylistically specific than anthologies generally are. I'm also intrigued that some people who don't like the Year's Best anthologies somehow find more to enjoy in certain magazines.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on magazines you've read over the years.
There used to be a website called ProjectPulp that was a dedicated market place for more experimental horror and science fiction magazines/zines - the owner/operator mentioned health problems, and then the website sadly disappeared without a trace. I pretty much ignore periodicals/zines now, but some of my favorite were Brutarian (which I know we've discussed before), City Slab Urban Horror, Nyctalops, Not One of Us, Electric Velocipede (the first self-consciously "steampunk" fiction I saw, albeit it predated the label), Book of Dark Wisdom, and Horror Carousel. There were also a few like Lovecraft's Vault of Weird Horror which were - no better way to put it - terrible fan fiction - but I enjoyed them much as I enjoy schlock slasher/monster movies. I've also forgotten quite a few titles where I only read an issue or two. In comics, there was also Grave Tales,which I'm glad to still see going despite not having picked up a copy in years.

I've never liked any of the "Year's Best" I've picked up in Horror or Dark Fantasy (I don't read Science Fiction outside of occasionally picking up Analog) - but my tastes are highly idiosyncratic and skew towards older fiction.
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Nyctalops issues are more expensive than most of the others. Not many stories in them either but I'd like to get at least one because a lot of the names are unfamiliar.
I think they have some prestige. Back issues are something of collector's items due to containing early work from some current big names (like Ligotti)...
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Re: Small press mags

Back in the '90s I subscribed to SF Eye, and I bought all the back issues I had missed before I subscribed. The last issue was published 20 years ago, and I've missed it ever since. If you ever run across any issues, snatch them up.
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Crispin Burnham's Eldritch Tales looks interesting. Lots of fiction by unfamiliar names.

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Crispin Burnham's Eldritch Tales looks interesting. Lots of fiction by unfamiliar names.

Including my name 2 or 3 times.

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Re: Small press mags

My retrospective Small Press Ark from 2007 (over 20 pages):
http://vaultofevil.proboards.com/thr...ress-cover-ark

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I looked through that thread a few years ago. Will do it again.

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