The January Fantasy Magazine Rack

The January Fantasy Magazine Rack

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Grimdark magazine 14-rack The Dark January 2018-rack High Adventure 157-rack Uncanny magazine January February 2018-small

Only two print magazines in the first half of the month, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and pulp reprint mag High Adventure. Online zines definitely seem to be where the action is. The first magazines of 2018 feature fiction from Tobias S. Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, S.B. Divya, Tamara Vardomskaya, Sunny Moraine, Terence Faherty, Osahon Ize-iyamu, Erin Roberts, Bo Balder, Bao Shu, Arkady Martine, Marissa Lingen, Sunny Moraine, Vivian Shaw, R.K. Kalaw, and many others. Here’s the complete list of magazines that won my attention in early January (links will bring you to magazine websites).

Beneath Ceaseless Skies — the January 4 issue — #242! — has fiction from Tamara Vardomskaya and Hannah Strom-Martin, plus a reprint by A.B. Treadwell
Clarkesworld — new stories from Tobias S. Buckell, Osahon Ize-iyamu, Erin Roberts, Bo Balder, and Bao Shu, plus reprints from James Tiptree Jr. and Michael Swanwick
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine — the January/February double issue follows their winter tradition of seasonal suspense and Sherlockian detection, with a new entry in Terence Faherty’s series from the lost manuscripts of Dr. John Watson, “The Noble Bachelor”
Nightmare — original fiction from Lori Selke and Vincent Michael Zito, plus reprints by Halli Villegas and Lynda E. Rucker
GrimDark Magazine — Alex Marshall is back with his second Crimson Empire novella *Beasts of the Burnished Chain,* plus a story from Anna Smith-Spark, and interviews with Steven Erikson and Erik Scott de Bie
The Dark — brand new dark fantasy and horror from Lindiwe Rooney and Bill Kte’pi, plus reprints from Eric Schaller and Carrie Laben
High Adventure — three classic tales of air adventure: “War Game” by George Bruce, “O’leary’s Last Supper” by Arthur Guy Empey, and “The Kansas Comet” by William E. Barrett
Uncanny — issue #20 contains all-new short fiction by Elizabeth Bear, S.B. Divya, Arkady Martine, Marissa Lingen, Sunny Moraine, Vivian Shaw, and R.K. Kalaw, plus a reprint by Vandana Singh

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

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Earlier this month we also covered:

Locus, January 2018
I Palantir, 1960-64,by Doug Ellis
Amazing Stories, November 1962, a Retro Review by Rich Horton

Astounding Science Fiction August 1945-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


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

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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

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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
I Palantir
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

Alter Ego 113-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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