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  1.  (25.1)
    Mark Seifert asks:

    "What short fiction mags would everyone recommend these days? I used to love Analog and read F&SF some. I think I caught Weird Tales a little during a previous revival several years ago, and also used to sometimes read a horror mag called Cemetery Dance. I'll give the new Weird Tales a try, what else...?"

    Anyone got any suggestions? I'm finding the new regime at INTERZONE very spotty, and I was recently sent three issues of F&SF that I was, without going into details for the moment, not at all impressed by.
  2.  (25.2)
    Thanks, Warren.

    I see Cemetery Dance is still around, anybody here reading them? How about Dark Wisdom? That looks interesting.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
     (25.3)
    Mark, a lot of the horror short fiction is anthologies right now -- there's a pretty large small press market for it. As far as horror mags go, now that Cthulhu Sex has folded, I think you've just mentioned them all...
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
     (25.4)
    Here are a few more worth looking at:

    Fantasy Magazine (now web-only) & H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror (2x a year), from the same company that now owns Weird Tales
    Clarkesworld Magazine (2 stories per month, online)
    Escape Pod & Pseudopod (SF and horror podcasts, respectively. Pseudopod published one of my stories.)
    Postscripts (paperback-style magazine put out a few times a year in the UK by Peter Crowther's PS Publishing)
    Strange Horizons (weekly, online)
    Apex Science Fiction & Horror (nice digest, gets good newsstand distribution)
    Bare Bone (paperback format anthology/magazine, a few times a year, from Raw Dog Screaming Press; I've been published there a few times)
    Space & Time (venerable small-press magazine, now under new ownership after 30+ years with the founder. I have a poem in issue 100)
    Talebones (great zine, deserves more recognition)
  3.  (25.5)
    Thanks Ariana. Googling just now, I do see they seem to be going the anthology route. I think I'll try some of them out.

    johnplatt - nice list, thank you. the Bare Bone anthology in particular sounds interesting.
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      CommentAuthorWil
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
     (25.6)
    This may dovetail with your post, Warren. I put out a similar call for suggestions on my blog this morning, looking for advice on SF anthologies. I've found the replies to be most useful.

    For current magazines, I'm loving the online and print versions of Subterranean.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
     (25.7)
    Skating dangerously close to breaking the rules, I would mention in the most editorial way possible that there really are- I think- some very entertaining folks out there doing their own short work on the internet. I'm not referring to the slash/fanfic genres.

    Using the MySpace trailer park as a convenient example: <a href="http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=87427953">Will Couper</a> and <a href="http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=124735106">Dan Krajewski</a> are both self-published authours making better use of MySpace than what it was meant for. <a href="http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=1000816352">And I don't know what the fuck this guy is doing, but I can't look away</a>. I'm sure LiveJournal, Blogger and other blog sites have similar clever bastards, but these are the ones I read while drinking my morning coffee.

    I stopped buying magasines when every single one that I liked and subscribed to went down like a lead balloon.

    <a href="http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=189441326">- Z </a>
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      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
     (25.8)
    Out Of The Gutter a great pulp fiction mag
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Rudy Rucker's <a href="http://www.flurb.net/">Flurb</a>.

    Marc Laidlaw is a regular collaborator there, among others.
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      CommentAuthorC.c.
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007 edited
     (25.10)
    I grew up around my dad and granddad's old Asimov's Science Fiction magazine and the occasional dusty copy of Analog ... but I'd thought being as young as I am I'd missed that boat completely.

    Looks as though that might not have been entirely true. I hope the internet becomes a spawning ground for the resurgence of those kinds of short-fiction anthologies.
    • CommentAuthorRich
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
     (25.11)
    You get some interesting writers and guest designers in Zoetrope's All-Story.

    It's a bit wanky though.
    • CommentAuthorrobb
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2007
     (25.12)
    zoetrope turned me onto several writers. it's worth the wanking. tim roth's "youth without youth" issue is just one big advertisement though.
  5.  (25.13)
    I'd recommend Hub Magazine* - the most widely-read weekly genre fiction magazine in the UK, and growing!


    *but then I would - I'm the editor...
    • CommentAuthorJo
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
     (25.14)
    You might try Lady Chuchill's Rosebud Wristlet, if you've not before. Uneven, sometimes wonderful, almost always devoid of egotistical sci-fi asshattery. Kelly Link is cool, and this baby is part hers.
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    • CommentAuthorJo
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
     (25.16)
    Yeah, it's pretty great. I feel like a dick for letting my subscription lapse. Will remedy soon. I met both honchos of Small Beer several years ago at a workshop, and immediately developed huge crushes on both of them. Can't think of a better place to spend an indie-literary dollar. (Also, rafts of bonus points for the charming subscription options.)
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      CommentAuthorremotepush
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
     (25.17)
    i have been reading interzone for about a year now. mainly because a friend got a few stories into it. i like some of the pieces, but on the whole, it isn't working for me.

    i started buying F&SF for comparison, and because it was there, and enjoyed it a lot more. the quality seems better. so i took out a subscription. of course, i've not had time to keep up with it since. so i have at least 3 issues sitting unread. so it goes.

    i spotted a weird tales collection the other week, seems to be a "best of" from the magazine, though never seen the magazine. slim volume, but certainly appears to be worth the £4.99 forbidden planet were selling it for.
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
     (25.18)
    Here's a new one that's just been announced for Jan 08: Shroud Magazine
  7.  (25.19)
    For the stuff besides horror, science fiction, and fantasy, I have been immensely enjoying A Public Space. It was founded by the former executive editor for The Paris Review, does not come out nearly enough, and has been an interesting collection of non-fiction, prose, and poetry. Their excerpts page gives a taste of the magazine's different sections.
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      CommentAuthorJaredRules
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2007
     (25.20)
    Oh man, I've got this half read Vol. 2 of Open Space, and I loved it, but for soem reason, went astray and still haven't gone through the rest of it. But it had this killer short story that posed as a dedication page.