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New Treasures: Weird Fiction Review 3

Saturday, December 28th, 2013 | Posted by John ONeill

Weird Fiction Review 3-smallTwo years ago I reported on the first issue of S. T. Joshi’s new magazine devoted to the study of weird and supernatural fiction, Weird Fiction Review (not to be confused with Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s new online journal, also called Weird Fiction Review. Go figure.)

I recently stumbled across a pic of the third issue of Joshi’s WFR (at left), and it made me laugh out loud. I had to order a copy, and it arrived this week.

There’s lots to enjoy with the massive, 232-page issue. The front and back covers (see both here) are tributes to Mad magazine and the timeless artwork of Don Martin. Inside there are seven original stories from Michael Cisco, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr, and others.

There’s also a host of intriguing articles. Darrell Schweitzer looks at Lovecraft’s influence on one of the most important pulp SF stories ever written, “Who Goes There?”, in “John W. Campbell’s Lovecraftian Tale,” and Bradley H. Sinor presents a previously-unpublished interview from 1994, in “Excellence Demanded, Whiners Piss Off: The Last Interview of Karl Edward Wagner” (which picks up several of the themes in Wagner’s letter to editor Robert A. Collins published in Fantasy 55.)

There’s also a 16-page gallery of art by Jason Zerrillo, the latest installment of John Pelan’s column Forgotten Masters of the Weird Tale, a survey of the year in horror and gothic novels from Daniel Olson, a look at the classic 1966 kaiju film War of the Gargantuas (which author Stuart Galbraith IV calls “kind of a monster movie Nirvana, a film that delivers on the promise of its ingenious title in an orgy of gargantua vs gargantua action” — pic here), and lots more.

Weird Fiction Review 3 was edited by S.T. Joshi and published by Centipede Press on March 19, 2013. The issue contains fiction, poetry, and reviews on high quality paper with lots of color. It is 232 pages, priced at $25 for the sewn trade paperback. It’s a high quality package throughout. It’s limited to 500 copies, and is currently on sale for $20 from the publisher. Get more detail and order copies at Centipede Press.

9 Comments »

  1. Centipede Press stuff is always gorgeous but unfortunately very expensive. Don’t get me wrong–I don’t think you get ripped off; I think you get a lot for your money. But for those of us on a budget, our dollars go further (more books) elsewhere.

    I’m thankful for all of the older works that Centipede has kept in print. My understanding is that there are a few of these niche, high-end, horror publishers. More power to them.

    Comment by James McGlothlin - December 28, 2013 3:11 pm

  2. That cover art is brilliant. Thanks for showing us!

    Comment by Sarah Avery - December 29, 2013 12:41 am

  3. According to Jeff Vandermeer, the two version of Weird Fiction Review exist in a “symbiotic relationship.”

    Comment by Golgonooza - December 29, 2013 1:50 am

  4. > Centipede Press stuff is always gorgeous but unfortunately very expensive.

    James,

    Oh, I know exactly what you mean. I was excited to learn that they were planning a massive, 900-page anthology of the best of Carl Jacobi, the latest volume in their Masters of the Weird Tale set. I steeled myself for a high price… but when it was finally announced, it was $350! Even with Amazon’s discount, it’s still over $300, well out of my price range:

    http://www.amazon.com/Masters-Weird-Tale-Carl-Jacobi/dp/1613470517/

    One the other hand, Centipede recently published Dark Melody of Madness by Cornell Woolrich, which is only $18 in paperback:

    http://www.blackgate.com/2013/12/04/new-treasures-dark-melody-of-madness-by-cornell-woolrich/

    And this issue of Weird Fiction Review is only $17.14 at Amazon — well worth the price, in my opinion:

    http://www.amazon.com/Weird-Fiction-Review-Wilum-Pugmire/dp/1613470401/

    Comment by John ONeill - December 29, 2013 1:54 pm

  5. > That cover art is brilliant. Thanks for showing us!

    Isn’t it? I opened the issue expecting to find more parody inside… sadly, that’s the only concession to MAD. But still, it shows a welcome (an unexpected) tendency to whimsy on the part of the editor, which I found appealing.

    Comment by John ONeill - December 29, 2013 1:56 pm

  6. > According to Jeff Vandermeer, the two version of Weird Fiction Review exist in a “symbiotic relationship.”

    Yeah. No idea what that means, though. I think it just means they’ve agreed to share the title.

    Comment by John ONeill - December 29, 2013 1:57 pm

  7. Now I want that symbiotic relationship to be creepily tentacular and extradimensional.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - December 29, 2013 11:09 pm

  8. Sarah, you bust me up.

    Comment by John ONeill - December 30, 2013 12:14 am

  9. […] The cover of the previous issue, for example, featured Mad magazine poster child Alfred E. Neuman with Cthulhu tentacles. That’s some serious satiric genius right […]

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