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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.


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