Little-Known Lovecraftian Copywriting

October 11th, 2010

If H.P. Lovecraft wrote Whitman’s Sampler copy. . .

Luke Burns offers “Selections from H.P. Lovecraft’s Brief Tenure as a Whitman’s Sampler Copywriter” in McSweeny’s.

Our fave:

Dark Chocolate Fudge

Dark! All-encompassing, eternal darkness! Human eyes cannot penetrate the stygian blackness of this unholy confection!

One Minute Weird Tales: vol. 2 no.2

September 25th, 2010

“Catching an Angel”, written by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz. The video was created by Gregory Bossert.

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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.

Eldritch Gifts for the Lovecraftian

September 1st, 2010

Steff Metal provides a list of rugose and eldritch creations to solve your present-buying woes (or perhaps indulge in for yourself). Tremble before this epic list of Cthulhu-themed gifts!

One example is shown below: A charming cephalopod ski mask from Tracy Widdress’s Brutal Knitting.

One-Minute Weird Tales: vol.2 no.1

August 30th, 2010

We know…you’ve been wanting more of our nifty “One-Minute Weird Tales.” We finally have a new one: “Best Dressed” by R. Scott McCoy. The video was created by Gregory Bossert.

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H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon

August 30th, 2010

HPLFF: September 11, 2010 • Warner Grand, LA California

CthulhuCon: October 1-2-3, 2010 • Hollywood Theatre, Portland Oregon

After fourteen successful years of sell-out crowds in Portland, Oregon, the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® arises in Southern California on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 2pm-10pm at the classic Warner Grand Theater in historic San Pedro. The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival promotes the works of H.P. Lovecraft, literary horror, and weird tales through the cinematic adaptations by professional and amateur filmmakers. The festival was founded in 1995 by Andrew Migliore in the hope that H.P. Lovecraft would be rightly recognized as a master of gothic horror and his work more faithfully adapted to film and television.

The Los Angeles Lovecraft Film Festival will feature six of the best films that played in Portland over the last 14 years.

CthulhuCon will feature Caitlín R. Kiernan, Ellen Datlow, William F. Nolan, Richard Lupoff, Michael Shea, and others.

Project Space Squid: New Life for HP Lovecraft

July 27th, 2010

With The Interactive Lovecraft, affectionately known by the internal codename Project Space Squid, students and alumni of the Vancouver Film School are creating a cutting-edge transmedia interactive magazine experience for the tablet marketplace, incorporating text, video, and games that will include adaptations of five seminal Lovecraft stories: The Call of C’Thulhu,DagonThe Dunwich HorrorThe Rats in the Walls, and The Music of Erich Zann.

George H. Scithers, 1929-2010

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

Weird Tales Nominated for Hugo!

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 for their voter information.

VanderMeer promoted to editor in chief

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