The Late December Fantasy Magazine Rack

The Late December Fantasy Magazine Rack

Cemetery Dance 76-small Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine January February 2018-small Knights of the Dinner Table 249-small Locus magazine December 2017-small
Meeple Monthly December 2017-small NIghtmare magazine December 2017-small The Digest Enthusiast January 2018-small Shimmer 40-small

2017 closes out with a splendid crop of new magazines, featuring fiction from Mary Robinette Kowal, Matthew Hughes, John Hornor Jacobs, Matthew Kressel, Gardner Dozois, Robert Reed, Octavia Cade, and a feature on one-shot vintage magazine digests by BG blogger Steve Carper. Here’s the complete list of magazines that won my attention in late December (links will bring you to magazine websites).

Cemetery Dance — the brand new December issue has an interview with Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, plus fiction by John Hornor Jacobs, Ray Garton, Jeremy C. Shipp, Aaron Worth, and many others
Fantasy & Science Fiction — the big Jan/Feb double issue has new fiction from Matthew Hughes, Mary Robinette Kowal, Gardner Dozois, Robert Reed, Nick Wolven, Vandana Singh, and much more
Knights of the Dinner Table — issue #249 of the long-running gaming comic features a Stranger Things tribute cover by Rick Hershey, plus strips by Jolly Blackburn, a horror-themed Solo Adventure by Mark Dowson, “Adventures Should Always Begin in Pubs,” by Shane Cubis, plus regular columns, reviews and cartoons
Locus — interviews with Seanan McGuire and Mike Allen, reports from World Fantasy Convention and ICon, a feature on Borderlands Books 20th Anniversary, and reviews by Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, and lots more
Meeple Monthly — all the details on board games releases from Academy Games, Posthuman Studios, Tasty Minstrel Games, and Upper Deck
Nightmare — original fiction from Nino Cipri and Matthew Kressel, plus reprints by Tamsyn Muir and Lisa Morton, and a movie review from Adam-Troy Castro
The Digest Enthusiast — issue #7 of the magazine dedicated to vintage digest mags includes Joe Wehrle, Jr on James H. Schmitz’s Telzey Amberdon tales and Steve Carper on one-shot magazine digests, plus articles on Espionage Magazine, Manhunt, The Occult Digest, Future Publications, and reviews of Pulp Literature #15, F&SF Jul/Aug 2017, and lots more — including over 100 cover images
Shimmer — issue #40 contains fiction by Naru Dames Sundar, Andrea Corbin, Octavia Cade, Lucia Iglesias, and more

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

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Earlier this month we also covered:

Alarums and Excursions, by Doug Ellis
Weirdbook #37
Asimov’s Science Fiction, January/February 2018
Analog, January/February 2018 — featuring Jeremiah Tolbert, and the first installment of Derek Künsken’s debut novel The Quantum Magician

The Dark April 2017-smallAs 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.

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 51 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
Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, edited by a rotating staff
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
Bloke’s Terrible Tomb of Terror, edited by Jason Crawley
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

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The Digest Enthusiast, edited by Arkay Olgar
Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by C.C. Finlay
Galaxy’s Edge, edited by Mike Resnick
Gathering Storm Magazine, edited by Michael McHenry and Cinda McHenry
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
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
Luna Station Quarterly, edited by Jennifer Lyn Parsons
Meeple Monthly, edited by Jenna Piller and Amy Clarke
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

All Hallows #37
All Hallows #37

Science Fiction Classics
Scrolls of Legendry, edited by D.M. Ritzlin
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, 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:

All Hallows
The All-Story
Amazing Stories
Blood, Blade and Thruster
Bull Spec
Cosmic Crimes Stories
Crossed Genres
Dark Realms


Darker Matter
Doc Savage
El Conquistador
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

H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror
Innsmouth Magazine
Interfictions Online, edited by Delia Sherman

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Kobold Quarterly
The Last Province
Level UP
Other Worlds
Planet Stories
Port Iris
Reader’s Digest
Realms of Fantasy
Science Fiction Adventures
Shock Totem
Strange Tales
Strategy & Tactics

Super Science Stories
The Original Science Fiction Stories
Worlds of If

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine October 1953-smallAnd we’ve covered the following magazines intermittently:

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Adventure House Pulp Reprints
Alarums and Excursions
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Against the Odds
Alter Ego
Blind Spot
Dark Worlds
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Entertainment Weekly
The Excellent Travelling Volume
Faerie Magazine
Game Informer
Goblin Fruit
Graphic Classics
The Lorelei Signal
Lovecraft eZine
New Realm

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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

Check out all of our recent magazine coverage here.

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Wow, that’s a full list. I’m sharing this link in the Goodreads Sword & Sorcery group. Every Jan-Feb we have a group read on any Anthology, and magazines count. All Black Gate readers are welcome to participate.

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