The mid-August Fantasy Magazine Rack
We’ve added no less than three magazines to our coverage in August, and a fine mix of new titles it is: Tyree Campbell’s space opera/magic opera Outposts of Beyond, pulp reprint zine Science Fiction Classics, and the splendid Digest Enthusiast, devoted to vintage and contemporary genre digest magazines. That brings the number of magazines we cover regularly up to 30, which should be more than enough to keep you busy.
Check out all the details on the magazines above by clicking on the each of the images. Our early August Fantasy Magazine Rack is here.
As we’ve mentioned before, all of these magazines are completely dependent on fans and readers to keep them alive. Many are marginal operations for whom a handful of subscriptions may mean the difference between life and death. Why not check one or two out, and try a sample issue? There are magazines here for every budget, from completely free to $12.95/issue. If you find something intriguing, I hope you’ll consider taking a chance on a subscription. I think you’ll find it’s money very well spent.
Black Gate reports exclusively on fantasy magazines, although we also cover the occasional science fiction or mainstream magazine with some fantasy content. We currently cover 30 magazines (links will take you to our latest coverage):
Adventure Tales edited by John Betancourt
Albedo One edited by Robert (Bob) Neilson
Apex, edited by Jason Sizemore
Asimov’s Science Fiction, edited by Sheila Williams
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
Black Static, edited by Andy Cox
Cemetery Dance, edited by Richard Chizmar
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace
The Dark, edited by Jack Fisher and Sean Wallace
The Digest Enthusiast, edited by Arkay Olgar
Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by C.C. Finlay
Fantasy Scroll, edited by Iulian Ionescu, Frederick Doot, and Alexandra Zamorski
Grimdark Magazine, edited by Adrian Collins
Gygax, edited by Jayson Elliot
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, edited by Adrian Simmons, David Farney, William Ledbetter and James Frederick William Rowe
Inhuman Magazine, edited by Allen Koszowski
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Knights of the Dinner Table, edited by Jolly Blackburn
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
New Realm, edited by Doug Lance
Nightmare, edited by John Joseph Adams
Outposts of Beyond, edited by Tyree Campbell
Science Fiction Classics
Shimmer, edited by E. Catherine Tobler
Swords and Sorcery Magazine, edited by Curtis Ellett
Tor.com, edited by various
Uncanny, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota
Weirdbook, edited by Douglas Draa
Weird Fiction Review, edited by S.T. Joshi
Weird Tales, edited by Marvin Kaye
The following magazines are now defunct:
Cosmic Crimes Stories
The Fantasy Fan
The Last Province
Realms of Fantasy
And we’ve covered the following magazines intermittently:
Against the Odds
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
The Excellent Travelling Volume
The New Yorker
The New York Review of Science Fiction
Primeval: A Journal of the Uncanny
The SFWA Bulletin
Check out all of our recent magazine coverage here.
John, I’m curious. How much is it to publish a magazine like Realms of Fantasy? I think I agree that print magazines might be dead soon but what about the ezines? Do you know if that market is doing okay?
Great question. I don’t really know… all I know is how much it cost to publish Black Gate. RoF was full color (we weren’t), a lot thinner, and had a much higher circulation than us.
For the last three years Black Gate averaged about $14,800 per issue to create and print (not including postage, which ran over $3,000), and brought in about $7,000 per issue in ads and subscription renewals/issue sales, so we were losing a little over $10,000 per issue. I expect RoF had much better economies of scale than we did.
> I think I agree that print magazines might be dead soon but what about the ezines?
Great question. I understand Neil Clarke is inching towards being able to support himself with Clarkesworld, but for the time being, he still has a full time job.