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Expanding Our Magazine Coverage at Black Gate

Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

New Realm magazine February 2015-smallI’ve slowly been expanding our coverage of fantasy magazines here at Black Gate. Despite how dramatically the industry has changed over the decades since I started reading it, I still consider magazines the heart of the field. Our coverage is not nearly as comprehensive as I’d like it to be, but we’re getting there. I thought I’d pause for a moment and take stock of those publications we currently cover, and see if there are any obvious holes. They are:

Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by C.C. Finlay
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, edited by Adrian Simmons, David Farney, William Ledbetter and James Frederick William Rowe
Nightmare, edited by John Joseph Adams
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace
The Dark, edited by Jack Fisher and Sean Wallace
Uncanny, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota
Weirdbook, edited by Douglas Draa‎
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Black Static, edited by Andy Cox
Weird Tales, edited by Marvin Kaye
Swords and Sorcery Magazine, edited by Curtis Ellett
Shimmer, edited by E. Catherine Tobler
Fantasy Scroll, edited by Iulian Ionescu, Frederick Doot, and Alexandra Zamorski
Gygax, edited by Jayson Elliot
Weird Fiction Review, edited by S.T. Joshi

Whew. That’s more than I thought.

(The links above will take you to our latest articles on each magazine.)

This list doesn’t include defunct magazines, like the much-missed Subterranean and Electric Velocipede, or John Joseph Adams’s excellent Fantasy, which was absorbed into Lightspeed and now only publishes special issues, like the recent Women Destroy Fantasy (issue #58).

Lightspeed September 2014-smallIt also doesn’t include magazines we cover only irregularly, like Cemetery DanceLackington’sThe SFWA Bulletin, and the marvelous (but erratically published) Adventure Tales, or magazines that don’t include fiction, like the indispensable Locus.  If I have time, I may increase our coverage of them.

The list also neglects magazines that studiously ignore fantasy in favor of science fiction, such as Analog, or Neil Clarke’s new reprint magazine Forever.

Looking over the list, I can already see some glaring omissions, such as:

Asimov’s Science Fiction, edited by Sheila Williams
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
Apex, edited by Jason Sizemore

I’ve tended to overlook both Asimov’s and Lightspeed because they visibly focus on science fiction, and Apex chiefly because it was ably covered by our short fiction reviewers Derek Künsken and David Soyka. But all three magazines are excellent sources of fantasy (even if in small doses), and starting this month, we’ll begin reporting on the new issues of each.

I’ve also focused chiefly on print magazines, which means I’ve neglected a handful of new digital magazines. I’m especially curious about the publications from FictionMagazines.com, including:

New Realm
Under the Bed

I’ll add New Realm to our coverage this month and see how it goes.

Am I missing your favorite fantasy magazine? Are there any on the list that you think should be replaced with more deserving candidates? Let us know in the comments.

See all of our recent magazine coverage here.

19 Comments »

  1. You should add Shock Totem into the mix.

    I like that you cover these, especially Sword and Sorcery magazine. I’ve picked up a few of these magazines that you cover and it is refreshing to see that the fantasy and horror mags seem to be gaining new steam. It looked for a while that they would go the way of the dinosaur.

    I also have a new appreciation of editors. As a reader I seldom took note of them but as I read these blogs about the process I have a new understanding of why an editor is important. I’m hoping that the short story grows in popularity.

    It is also cool to see writers who are up and coming make their mark on these pages.

    Comment by Wild Ape - March 20, 2015 3:08 pm

  2. What? No love for Heroic Fantasy Quarterly?

    Comment by Adrian Simmons - March 20, 2015 3:51 pm

  3. Yeah, what Adrian said!

    And where’s the link to this NEW REALM I’ve never heard of? They have some rather impressive covers:
    http://www.fictionmagazines.com/magazines/newrealm/

    There’s also GRIMDARK MAGAZINE http://grimdarkmagazine.com/

    Comment by Jason M 'RBE' Waltz - March 20, 2015 4:12 pm

  4. > You should add Shock Totem into the mix.

    Ape,

    I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t even know Shock Totem was still being published. And you’re absolutely right – it’s a fine magazine, and deserves to be considered.

    Comment by John ONeill - March 20, 2015 4:31 pm

  5. > What? No love for Heroic Fantasy Quarterly?

    Adrian,

    Arrrgh! Sorry for the screw up. Of course we regularly cover Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, in Fletcher Vredenburgh’s monthly short fiction round-up. It was extremely sloppy of me to overlook it as I was compiling the list.

    I’ve added it, in its rightful place near the top of the list.

    Comment by John ONeill - March 20, 2015 4:38 pm

  6. > And where’s the link to this NEW REALM I’ve never heard of? They have some rather impressive covers

    Jason,

    NEW REALM has some absolutely gorgeous overs, and no mistake. I didn’t discover them under I was browsing Kindle magazines at Amazon.com. Apparently they’ve been around since 2012.

    I haven’t tried their fiction yet. So far, in fact, I don’t recognize any of the names of their contributors, which is a little unusual. Looking forward to discovering what the contents are like.

    > There’s also GRIMDARK MAGAZINE

    Thanks for the suggestion! GRIMDARK is already on issue 2; it’s definitely worth a look.

    Comment by John ONeill - March 20, 2015 4:55 pm

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  8. Okay, how did I miss Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, I’ll give it a check.

    Shock Totem, what a cool name. I like the cover art too.

    Comment by Wild Ape - March 20, 2015 6:05 pm

  9. I think I need to start reading Grimdark.

    Comment by Fletcher Vredenburgh - March 21, 2015 9:23 am

  10. If you do, tell us what you think!

    We’ve been offered a review copy of New Realm as well, if you’d like to see it.

    Comment by John ONeill - March 21, 2015 10:43 am

  11. Sure, I’d love to see New Realm. How did something that at least look that good escape our attention?

    Comment by Fletcher Vredenburgh - March 21, 2015 11:21 am

  12. It’s all yours. I asked for the Kindle version – will that one work for you?

    I have no idea how we missed it. On the other hand, I’m still criminally behind on F&SF and LIGHTSPEED!

    Comment by John ONeill - March 21, 2015 4:46 pm

  13. John, that’d be perfect. Thanx!

    Comment by Fletcher Vredenburgh - March 21, 2015 4:59 pm

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  16. Then there is Suspense Magazine, which may barely qualify http://www.suspensemagazine.com/index.html “we have created one place for you to find out anything you want in the world of suspense / mystery / thriller / horror fiction. If we haven’t done it, don’t worry it’s in the works. “

    Comment by Jason M 'RBE' Waltz - April 1, 2015 3:40 pm

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