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Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine

Are you waiting for your ship to come in?

Are you one of those who have been idly gazing out into the Sea of Literature wondering when the craft you are looking for will appear on the horizon? Then come down to the harbor, for your vessel is making port. Twelve times a year Weird Tales comes in, a stately galleon laden with the treasures of fancy from the seven seas. Each month an argosy of bizarre and unusual tales -- imaginative stories such as are offered nowhere else, rich treasures of the mind, sparkling jewels of literature, tales that lift you out of the humdrum workaday world into that deathless country of the imagination.

From March of 1923 to September of 1954, Weird Tales was the most influential of all pulp magazines in the horror and fantasy genres. This magazine provided a publishing forum which focused "on the weird, the bizarre, the unususal," which initially was considered taboo and avoided by all other fiction magazines.

The "Unique Magazine" provided an opportunity for a new generation of writers to develop their craft and to explore new possibilities in the area of supernatural occult stories and what they termed "highly imaginative" stories. From this bold editorial viewpoint, they sparked the literary careers of authors who are now regarded as the founding fathers of modern day horror and fantasy fiction.

The author list included Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, August Derleth, Edmund Hamilton, Robert E. Howard, Carl Jacobi, Henry Kuttner, Frank Bellknap Long Jr., H.P. Lovecraft, C.L. Moore, Clark Ashton Smith, Seabury Quinn, Donald & Howard Wandrei, and Manly Wade Wellman among many others.

Weird Tales also developed a legendary reputation for fantastic cover and interior art from such artists as Margaret Brundage, J. Allen St. John, and Virgil Finlay.

Weird Tales returned to the newstands during the 1970s and 1980s to continue the legendary publishing tradition. In 1998, seventy five years since its debut, Weird Tales is once again publishing the best in weird fiction. Weird Tales stories have been reprinted in magazine replicas and in anthologies.


Weird Tales Pulp Fiction Magazine Replicas


#2 April 1923

The April, 1923 issue contains stories from Anthony Rud, Farnsworth Wright, Otis Adelbert Kline, and more. Complete with illustrations, advertisements, and fiction.


#9 January 1924"The Picture in the House" by HPL, Seabury Quinn, Poe, more!
#12 April 1924"The White Ape" by H.P. Lovecraft. Plus "The Spirit Lover" by Harry Houdini
#14 November 1924

Includes a poem, "To a Dreamer", from H.P. Lovecraft and stories from Seabury Quinn, Frank Belknap Long and Otis Adelbert Kline and others.

#15 December 1924

Containing 21 short stories of more Interesting, Odd and Weird Happenings! Includes Frank Bellknap Long's Death Waters.


#18 March 1925including "Servants of Satan #1" by Seabury Quinn, George Philip England, Arthur J Burks.
#19 April 1925including "Servants of Satan #2" by Seabury Quinn.
#21 June 1925featuring "Servants of Satan: No. 4 George Burroughs, Martyr" by Seabury Quinn. The true tale of New England witchcraft.
#23 August 1925Featuring "In The Forest of Villefere" by Robert E. Howard. (2nd published story). Plus Murray Leinster, Seabury Quinn and more.


#32 May 1926Stories from Arthur J. Burks, August Derleth and Seabury Quinn.
#33 June 1926Stories from H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur J. Burks, and more!
#34 July 1926Stories from Donald Kehoe, Seabury Quinn, August Derleth, and more!
#35 August 1926Stories from H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, August Derleth, and more!


#40 January 1927Power packed issue contains "The Lost Race" by Robert E. Howard and "The Horror at Red Hook" by H.P. Lovecraft.


#113 May 1933Featuring "The Thing in the Fog" by Seabury Quinn plus stories from Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Paul Ernst and more!


#124 April 1934Featuring the "Satan's Garden" by E. Hoffman Price plus stories from C.L. Moore, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Carl Jacobi and more!
#128 August 1934Featuring the "The Devil in Iron" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from C.L. Moore, Hugh B. Cave, Clark Ashton Smith and more!
#132 December 1934Featuring the "A Witch is Born" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from C.L. Moore, Clark Ashton Smith and more!


#135 March 1935Featuring "Jewels of Gwahlur" Howard by Robert E. Howard plus stories from Paul Ernst, C.L. Moore and more!
#143 November 1935Featuring the "Shadows in Zamboula" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from Paul Ernst, E. Hoffman Price and more!


October 1936Featuring part 3 of 3 of "Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from C.L. Moore, Robert Bloch and more!


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