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    Announcement on Weird Tales website: Ann VanderMeer on No Longer Editing Weird Tales.

    Copy of announcement on Jeff Vandermeer's site: Ann VanderMeer on No Longer Editing Weird Tales

    Warren's opinion: Goodnight, Then, Weird Tales.

    Anyone got an opinion?

    I don't think it's a good move. But the economics around short fiction magazines always desperate and businesses aren't charities, so I suspect the right offer was made. I know I'm on the record as having said that the new New Worlds is going to be an exercise in nostalgia and with Ann gone at Weird Tales this magazine is probably going to be as well, as ignoring any problems with Ann's tenure as editor of Weird Tales, it was still a progressive magazine.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2011

    While I'm not ready to sound the bells on the "death" of Weird Tales, I am sad to see Anne go (although I can't argue with Warren's point about first issue being Cthulhu-themed as not particularly forward thinking).
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    I understand the commercial idea behind going retro with Weird Tales, but I don't think it'll survive. Nostalgia acts don't traditionally have staying power.

    That aside, there is a deep market for visuals for this sort of material, so it may become less forward-looking/seeking in it's prose but become a prettier item to own.

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    @Ren - No I'm not going to say it's the death of Weird Tales either. For Christ sake the magazine's gone through at least half a dozen different owners and stopped being published in 1954 and has since come back in spurts of activity, some more successful than others. Ann VanderMeer's Weird Tales is/was a very different Weird Tales to that of its predecessors and what it'll be under the ownership and editorial reins of Marvin Kaye.

    Nostalgia acts don't traditionally have staying power.

    I don't know this years Hugo awards seem to show again in the SF community, especially a lot of the American community, that's what's keeping people there. And unless magazines stop catering to that sector it's only going to get more intense. Like comics, SF has a real problem with understanding how to be accessible.
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    So where does anyone even buy Weird Tales these days? I haven't spotted it in the short fiction section of a magazine rack in years.
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    I'm wondering how this will affect contributors. I was planning on submitting some short fiction to Weird Tales... not I'm not sure. We shall have to see...
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011

    Well, with a new editor you'll be having a new creative focus. Apex Magazine used to be strictly sci-fi/horror until they got Cat Valente to be their head editor and the guidelines were broadened. I just say wait and see.
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    I know I'm in the minority here, but this move actually makes me MORE likely to buy the mag. And more likely to submit. I like retro-pulp.
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    I think we will have to agree to disagree there. The world needs a lot less retro-pulp and I don't see how using Weird Tales as a venue to publish it is anything more than a exercise in fannish conservatism/narcissism. Especially when Ann VanderMeer brought in thousands of new readers due to her editorial vision.