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The October Fantasy Magazine Rack

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 | Posted by John ONeill

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One thing I cherish about the zines in this genre is their endless diversity. We have gritty SF and fantasy (Grimdark magazine), literary adventure fantasy (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Canadian speculative fiction (Lackington’s), contemporary horror (Black Static), pulp replicas (Magazine of Horror #36), and much, much more.  Best of all, we have writers capable of crossing all those boundaries — such as the amazing Natalia Theodoridou, who appears in no less than three magazines this month (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, and Shimmer). Here are the magazines that grabbed my attention in October (links will bring you to magazine websites).

Apex Magazine — Issue #101, with new fiction from Dennis Danvers, Lavie Tidhar, Annie Neugebauer, and others
Beneath Ceaseless Skies — Natalia Theodoridou, Emily B. Cataneo, plus a podcast and a reprint by Samantha Murray
Black Static — with creepy tales by Carole Johnstone, Tim Lees, Ray Cluley, and Stephen Hargadon
Clarkesworld — new fiction from Jack Skillingstead, Natalia Theodoridou, Xia Jia, Genevieve Valentine, and others
Grimdark — fresh fiction from Richard A. Knaak, S. Andrew Swann, David M. Hoenig
Lackington’s — “Diseases” Issue, with stories by Evelyn Deshane, Nin Harris, Dayna K. Smith, Adrian Simmons, and Kat Weave
Magazine of Horror #33 — a reprint of the classic magazine from 1970, with fiction by Clark Ashton Smith, Paul Ernst, Arthur Styron, Rachel Cosgrove Payes, Robert E. Howard, and others
Shimmer — great new stuff from Sonya Taaffe, Brian Holguin, Maria Haskins, and the ubiquitous Natalia Theodoridou

Click any of the thumbnail images above for bigger images. Our late September Fantasy Magazine Rack is here.

That’s not all, of course. Earlier this month we had Retro Reviews of the January and February 1964 Fantastic Stories (from Rich Horton) and the November 1969 F&SF (from Adrian Simmons), a look at pulp replica zine High Adventure #153, a feature on the September/October Analog, Sean McLachlan’s review of the 1883 proto-steampunk tale The Steam Man of the Plains, and news about an exciting new magazine of Sword & Sorcery edited by Black Gate‘s own Howard Andrew Jones, Tales From the Magician’s Skull.

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 $35/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.

Asimov's Science Fiction February 2010-smallBlack Gate reports exclusively on fantasy magazines, although we also cover the occasional science fiction or mainstream magazine with some fantasy content. We currently cover 49 magazines (links will take you to our latest coverage):

Adventure Tales edited by John Betancourt
Albedo One edited by Robert (Bob) Neilson
Analog, edited by Trevor Quachri
Apex, edited by Jason Sizemore
Ares Magazine, edited by Michael Anderson
Asimov’s Science Fiction, edited by Sheila Williams
The Audient Void, edited by Obadiah Baird
Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
Black Static, edited by Andy Cox
Broadswords and Blasters, edited by Matthew X. Gomez and Cameron Mount
Cemetery Dance, edited by Richard Chizmar
Cirsova, edited by P. Alexander
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
Gathering Storm Magazine, edited by Michael McHenry and Cinda McHenry

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GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith
Grimdark Magazine, edited by Adrian Collins
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, edited by Adrian Simmons, David Farney, William Ledbetter and James Frederick William Rowe
High Adventure, edited by John P. Gunnison
Holdfast, edited by Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee
Inhuman Magazine, edited by Allen Koszowski
Interfictions Online, edited by Delia Sherman
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Knights of the Dinner Table, edited by Jolly Blackburn
Lackington’s, edited by Ranylt Richildis
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi
Mythic Delirium, edited by Mike Allen
Nightmare, edited by John Joseph Adams
Occult Detective Quarterly, edited by Sam Gafford and John Linwood Grant.
Outposts of Beyond, edited by Tyree Campbell
Postscripts, edited by Nick Gevers
Pulp Literature, edited by Mel Anastasiou, Jennifer Landels, and Susan Pieters
Red Sun, edited by Ben Richards
Science Fiction Classics
Scrolls of Legendry, edited by D.M. Ritzlin

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Shimmer, edited by E. Catherine Tobler
Shoreline of Infinity, edited by Noel Chidwick
Skelos, edited by Mark Finn, Chris Gruber, and Jeffrey Shanks
Space & Time, edited by Hildy Silverman
Swords and Sorcery Magazine, edited by Curtis Ellett
Tor.com, edited by a cast of thousands
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

We also cover many fine magazines that are now defunct:

Amazing Stories
Arcane
Blood, Blade and Thruster
Bull Spec
Cosmic Crimes Stories
Crossed Genres

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Dark Realms
Darker Matter
Doc Savage
Electric Velocipede
Fantastic Novels
Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, edited by Warren Lapine
Fantastic Stories
Fantastic Universe
Fantasy Magazine
Fantasy/Fantasy Newsletter
The Fantasy Fan
Fantasy Review
Fantasy Scroll, edited by Iulian Ionescu, Frederick Doot, and Alexandra Zamorski
Flashing Swords
Future Science Fiction
Galaxy Science Fiction
Gygax, edited by Jayson Elliot
GUD: Greatest Uncommon Denominatior

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror
Infinity
Innsmouth Magazine
Jabberwocky
Kobold Quarterly
The Last Province
Level UP
Paradox
Planet Stories
Port Iris
Reader’s Digest
Realms of Fantasy
Satellite
Science Fiction Adventures
Shadis
Shock Totem
Spellbound
Strange Tales
Strategy & Tactics
Subterranean

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Super Science Stories
The Original Science Fiction Stories
Unknown
Venture
Wizard
Worlds of If
Zahir

And we’ve covered the following magazines intermittently:

3×3 Illustration
Adventure House Pulp Reprints
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Against the Odds
Alter Ego
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
Betwixt
Blind Spot
Dark Worlds

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The Excellent Travelling Volume, issues 1-7

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Entertainment Weekly
The Excellent Travelling Volume
Faerie Magazine
Galaxy’s Edge
Game Informer
Goblin Fruit
Graphic Classics
Granta

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Game Informer, May 2016

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Heliotrope
The Lorelei Signal
Lovecraft eZine
Meeple Monthly
New Realm
The New Yorker
The New York Review of Science Fiction
On Spec
PC Gamer
Primeval: A Journal of the Uncanny
Rue Morgue
The SFWA Bulletin
The Best of Star Trek
Strange Aeons
Strange Horizons
Stupefying Stories
Tin House
Vanity Fair
Virginia Quarterly Review
Whistling Shade
Wired

Check out all of our recent magazine coverage here.

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