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Weird Tales #356 Is Here!

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Weird Tales celebrates the eerily sensuous in its summer the UNCANNY BEAUTY issue. Subscribers and stores should be getting magazines soon. (Report of sighting.)
Fiction:

  • “Secretario” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “A Concise & Ready Guide” by Ian R. MacLeod
  • “Beauty & Disapperance” by Kat Howard
  • “One Minute Weird Tale” by Lauren Beukes
  • “Sisters Under the Skin” by L.L. Hannett
  • “How Bria Died” by Mike Arnovitz
  • “The Wakened Image” by Natania Barron

Nonfiction:

  • Strange Faces - nonfiction by Theodora Goss
  • Le Tarot de Gaga - feature by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Sirens & Gargoyles - art by Callie Badorrek
  • Our Queen, Our Mother Our Margaret - nonfiction by Paula Guran
  • Galactic Tomboy to Sci-Fi Pinup Girl (and Back Again) - nonfiction by Rae Bryant
  • Lost in Lovecraft: To Pnatkotus & Beyond - column - Kenneth H. Hite

    …AND MORE!
    Weird Tales #356/Summer2010

AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS: A TRIBUTE TO THE WRITINGS OF LOVECRAFT

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS: A TRIBUTE TO THE WRITINGS OF LOVECRAFT

October 16, 2010 - November 8, 2010
Opening Reception / Oct 16, 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
626.458.7477

Gallery Nucleus is a premier illustrative and entertainment arts gallery located just outside of downtown LA. We have been hard at work organizing a tribute art exhibit to none other than H.P. Lovecraft. The exhibit is set to open Saturday, October 16 and features some of the best in the biz. All of the works will be viewable online at the stroke of midnight here.

Lovecraft-related costumes, Edwardian/steampunk attire is quite welcome and even encouraged for the opening. Free admission & refreshments plus artists in attendance.

Exhibiting Artists Include:

Aeron Alfrey
Martin Astles
Wesley Burt
Cameron de Leon
Jeremy Enecio
Jon Foster
Justin Gerard
August Hall
Android Jones
Edward Kinsella
Casey Love
John Jude Palencar
Jeff Remmer
Jordu Schell
Andrew Scott
Brian Smith
William Stout
Justin Sweet
Michael Zulli

Dragon*Con: RHYTHMATICA!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Weird Tales presents an sf/fantasy poetry slam. Come one, come all! Contribute
or just appreciate. Cherie Priest, Stephen Segal, Rogue. and others…
Saturday, September 4 at 4:00 pm; Greenbriar Room at the Hyatt Hotel.

George H. Scithers, 1929-2010

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Weird Tales sorrowfully reports the passing of editor emeritus George H. Scithers, our longtime teacher and friend.

George passed away April 19 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, from complications following a heart attack suffered the morning of April 17. He was 80. He had been in declining health for the last few years, due to complications from diabetes and a heart condition. He is survived by a number of cousins.

George was honored with four Science Fiction Achievement Awards (a.k.a. the “Hugo Awards” bestowed annually by the World Science Fiction Convention): twice for his editorship of the fanzine Amra and twice for his editorship of Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. He also received the World Fantasy Award for his work at Weird Tales.

George Scithers’s ashes were buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, June 2.  The military ceremony included a twent-one-gun salute and a color guard who formally folded the flag and presented it to  Larry Fiege, George’s life companion. A West Point graduate who served in the Signal Corps for twenty-one years, George served in the Korean War.

Personal condolences may be sent to Larry Fiege, 218 Blandford St., Rockville, MD 20850-2629. Remembrances of George’s life in the SF community may be sent to letters@weirdtales.net.

Weird Tales Nominated for Hugo!

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal, has (again!) been nominated for a Hugo Award as Best SemiprozineWeird Tales won its first Hugo last year.

Nominations for the year 2009 were announced by Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, September 2-6, 2010. The Hugo Awards ceremony will take place September 5, 2010.

The Hugo Awards honor excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. They were first awarded in 1953, and have been awarded every year since 1955. Supporting and attending members of Aussiecon 4 are eligible to vote in the final round. Ballots may be submitted online or by paper ballot distributed in Progress Report 3.  All ballots must be received by 31 July 2010 23:59 PDT.

Members may email hugopin@aussiecon4.org.au for their voter information.

VanderMeer promoted to editor in chief

Monday, January 25th, 2010

JAN. 25, 2010 — Wildside Press, publisher of the Hugo Award-winning Weird Tales magazine, today announced the promotion of fiction editor Ann VanderMeer to the position of editor in chief.

“Ann has done an outstanding job since joining the Weird Tales editorial team three years ago,” said publisher John Betancourt. “For two decades she’s been one of the most talented, cutting-edge editors in the business, so we’ve been thrilled to see her finally burst onto SF’s center stage, both with Weird Tales and with her recent run of high-profile anthologies. We could not be more pleased to have Ann representing the proud tradition of the world’s oldest fantasy magazine.”

Editorial and creative director Stephen H. Segal, who has collaborated with VanderMeer for the past three years in leading the 21st-century revamp of Weird Tales, will remain a valuable part of the team as the magazine’s senior contributing editor. He is stepping away from the magazine’s day-to-day operations to accept a new full-time position as acquisitions editor for Quirk Books, publisher of the 2009 international bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

The Weird Tales masthead will be rounded out by two new, though very familiar, additions to the management team serving under VanderMeer. Campbell Award-winning author, artist, designer and performer Mary Robinette Kowal will serve as the magazine’s new art director. And two-time Stoker Award nonfiction winner Paula Guran, editor of the Pocket Juno fantasy imprint, will serve as Weird Tales’s new nonfiction editor.

“It makes me very happy that three of the most creative, insightful and hard-working people I know in the fantasy world will be shepherding Weird Tales into the future,” said Segal. “I’ve loved every minute of working on the magazine, and I’m terribly glad that Ann, Mary and Paula want me to stay onboard as a regular contributor.”

“Stephen’s been a trusted and brilliant co-conspirator on Weird Tales,” said VanderMeer, “and I’m happy that he has such a great opportunity ahead of him. Meanwhile, I’m very excited about the addition of Paula Guran and Mary Robinette Kowal to the magazine team. Thanks to our subscribers for their support; thanks to everyone who submits their writing and art to Weird Tales; and thanks to John Betancourt for his belief in the magazine and in me personally. We’re looking forward to a great future for Weird Tales, and we invite everyone to be part of that experience.”

Weird Tales has an active 2010 calendar lined up, starting with two major event sponsorhips in conjunction with its special spring steampunk issue (forthcoming in March): the Friday night festivities at Norwescon, the Seattle area’s leading science fiction convention, taking place the weekend of April 1; and the literary lineup at the Steampunk World’s Fair, a new multi-arts festival taking place in central New Jersey the weekend of May 14.

For more information, contact editor in chief Ann VanderMeer at weirdtales@gmail.com.

Give Weird Tales for the holidays!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
Why spend extra time fighting through crowds of holiday shoppers? If you’ve got a friend who digs the fantastical and quirky, just click now to give them the gift of WEIRD TALES! The world’s oldest and greatest magazine of imaginative stories is fresh from winning the 2009 Hugo Award, and the coming year will be filled with excitement, including a Spring Steampunk Special and a Hall of Unearthly Beauty!

Your giftee will receive their first issue in December, along with a holiday card introducing their gift subscription. Just click the link above, or go to this web address: http://www.wildsidepress.com/product.asp?itemid=3533

(Note: For non-U.S. gift subscriptions, go to: http://www.wildsidepress.com/product.asp?itemid=3531 )

Wishing you a supernaturally great holiday season –
Wildside Press & WEIRD TALES

Steampunk droogs onstage!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Let’s try a little logical syllogism, shall we?

Fact: A Clockwork Orange is a favorite movie and/or book of most of you who are reading this.

Fact: Steampunk makes everything better.

Conclusion: You want to go to Edison, New Jersey, this month to see the awesome new theatrical production of A Clockwork Orange, in which our murderous young antihero Alex trades in the well-polished visuals of the Kubrick film for belching smokestacks, colossal clock cogs, and the ribbed wreckage of a crashed zeppelin.

Acclaimed New York stage director Alex Dawson, who describes his vision of the play as “Mack the Knife meets Ferris Bueller,” explains the aesthetic: “In the movie, the Droogs wore cricket whites, odious codpieces, and beaky Commedia dell’arte noses. In our version, they wear tailored suits, skater pads, and government-issued gas masks — threads of WWII gas-bomb paranoia, natch. The soundtrack to Kubrick’s film was a mix of classical and electronic synth; the music in the play is a cross-faded, beat-juggled hodgepodge of new wave, folk, punk, techno, pop, and thrash, with Mott the Hoopla’s youth anthem, ‘All the Young Dudes,’ serving as the perfect theme song.”

The show opens tomorrow, Oct. 15, and runs eight performances through Oct. 30 at the Studio Theater at Middlesex County College. Tickets are an incredibly budget-friendly $10. Make your reservations now, my droogies!

Weird Tales wins the Hugo Award!

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Wow. We didn’t expect this. But there it is: Weird Tales was awarded its historic first-ever Hugo Award on Sunday night as thousands cheered at the 2009 World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal.

Fiction editor Ann VanderMeer and editorial & creative director Stephen H. Segal (pictured above with WT web consultant Matthew Kressel) were there to accept the award for best semiprozine, the category that honors small-press magazines with part-time staffs. Other Hugo winners that evening included Neil Gaiman (best novel, The Graveyard Book), Elizabeth Bear (best novelette, “Shoggoths in Bloom”), and Joss Whedon (best short-form dramatic presentation, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog).

From all of us at Weird Tales, we offer our deepest thanks to all those who’ve supported and participated in our work to re-energize the magazine as a leading storytelling venue. From the brilliant writers and artists who’ve crafted these pages with us, to the readers who told all their friends how much they love the magazine these days—this is YOUR award, and we’re honored to have been there to say so.

Ann talks at length about the Hugo experience with her husband Jeff VanderMeer at Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog, where you’ll also find a link to a ton of great pictures by the io9 news crew.

Shopping links fixed

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

If you tried to buy a Weird Tales subscription or back issues during the past two days, you may have found the links to the wildsidepress.com shopping cart were broken. We believe the problem has now been repaired — our apologies for the difficulties. If you encounter any further glitches, please notify subs@wildsidepress.com.