Weird Tales

Weird Tales is an American pulp magazine, science fiction, fantasy and horror stories will be published in the.

Development 1923-1937

The first issue appeared in March 1923. Was you with a taste for the macabre, published in Chicago by JC Henneberger, a former journalist. The first lecturer was Edwin Baird, his assistant was Farnsworth Wright.

After spending fourteen took over Wright Baird's area, where he gave the magazine a unique touch. He published stories of HP Lovecraft and his time very popular Seabury Quinn. Another successful author was Robert E. Howard, whose stories of Conan the Barbarian were very well known. He also gave authors such as Robert Bloch and Clark Ashton Smith the opportunity to publish their works for the first time. Wright, who suffered from Parkinson 's disease, worked until March 1940 as an editor for Weird Tales. In June of the same year he died.

Decline 1937-1954

Weird Tales always suffered under financial distress, the magazine in competition with comics, radio and cheap paperbacks was. After the death of Lovecraft in 1937 and the departure of Wright, the magazine experienced a decline and was finally in 1954, after 279 issues, set. The last few years, with Dorothy McIlwraith as an editor, were characterized by " lost " Lovecraft works that appeared occasionally, flash cover images and stories in the style of Lovecraft, written by the self-proclaimed literary executor August Derleth.

Donald A. Wollheim brought 1947-1952 eighteen volumes of Avon Fantasy Reader out where the best stories were reprinted from the magazine.


Between 1954 and 1988 the magazine experienced several short revivals. Under the editorship of George and Darrell Schweitzer Scithers the magazine began to appear regularly again from 1988. The magazine achieved financial success, since the contributions of distinguished contemporary writers such as Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley and Thomas Ligotti came. From 1998 to 2005 Weird Tales was published by Verlag DNA Publications and then sold to Wildside Press, 2005. In 2007, the magazine has been completely redesigned and received in 2009 for the first time the Hugo Award.