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    • CommentAuthorAnonymous.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007 edited
    If you're not completely against online zines then Domatika is great.

    Also, if you're into Bizarro, then: Bust Down The Door And Eat All The Chickens is a must.
    • CommentAuthorMr. Pants
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
    Shimmer and Argosy are great magazines. Production values wise some of the best magazines I've seen in the market. Argosy is James Owen's Magazine and the first three issues have great stories, interviews and art. Shimmer is a great theme based magazine. The Pirate issue is excellent. I'm still at heart a Magazine of F and SF fan though as well. I'll have to check out Interzone sometime. I'll have to check out Lady Churchill's sometime. That sounds good.

    Mr. Pants
  1.  (25.23)
    One more vote for Lady Churchill's. And if you're looking for for new voices in mainstream literary fiction, Glimmer Train has a great batting average.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
    I second A Public Space. I originally bought the first issue because it had a Kelly Link story but all subsequent issues have been killer.

    Not a print magazine, but 3am has been on a tear since their recent relaunch.
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
    Most spec fic magazines aren't all that interesting anymore, I find. These days I find the more interesting stuff is done in original content anthologies. Series like Polyphony and Leviathan are pretty cool, and do the more crossover, cutting edge stuff. Design wise, they can be a bit spotty (especially older volumes).

    There's also new series like TEXT: UR, for a slightly more experimental bent, and new issues of McSweeny's are always interesting to see, if for nothing than the design point of view.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2007 edited
    seconding the Glimmer Train recommendation. they're not sci-fi or horror, but they don't strictly follow "no guns, ghosts or aliens" either; and they pay new writers a hell of a lot, which is a practice to encourage.
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2007 edited
    Bust down the door and eat all the chickens....a journal of absurdist fiction..another online one is The Dream People
    • CommentAuthorWakefield
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008 edited
    Wow, old thread.

    Anyway, I subscribe to Tin House (they publish new writers) and Ninth Letter. Ninth Letter is probably the most visually stunning literary mag this side of McSweeney's as it's a collaboration between the writing and graphic design programs at the University of Illinois. I also get Georgia Review in the mail because the fiction is pretty solid.

    Others I read intermittently (ie if I see them on the stands and they have an interesting cover) are Black Warrior Review (based out of Alabama--the program there has a reputation for producing less conventional fiction). Alabama also publishes Fairy Tale Review, if you want something a little more fantastical. They've published Aimee Bender and Donna Tartt.

    I also have to recommend New Orleans Review, which is published by Loyola. They print some great fiction. Their Katrina issue was magnificent, but I haven't read it lately.

    I personally don't like Glimmer Train. I used to subscribe to them, but the shit they publish is deathly dull. How many a's does it take to spell draaaaaaag?

    Btw, if you subscribe to a literary magazine and you like it, RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION. That's generally where they get their money. Seriously.
  2.  (25.29)
    And, in terms of print, I'm now down to just McSweeney's.
  3.  (25.30)
    I recently started a subscription to Black Clock, only because it's edited by Steve Erickson. Only comes out twice a year.
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2008
    I was away when this thread began, but now that Apex is going online, I'm currently down to LCRW and Shimmer subscriptions for my print genre fiction. I pick up other stuff without regularity.
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2008
    Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine (GUD) and Murky Depths have discussions here and tend to post specials and contests. :)

    • CommentAuthorTobiasAC
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2008
    I'll second Tin House -- probably my favorite literary magazine right now. I'm also pretty fond of Hobart (good, offbeat fiction) and THE2NDHAND. (Though, full disclosure, I've had work in the latter.) Been meaning to subscribe to Black Clock, given Steve Erickson's involvement...
    • CommentAuthorWakefield
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2008 edited
    I've heard great things about Black Clock and the entire CalArts program. The thing about these print mags is that the costs tends to add up. Additionally, they become fire hazards after a while.

    I would be remiss if I didn't mention Fawlt Magazine, an online quarterly (kinda--we have a hard time maintaining a schedule) my friends established and that I help edit.

    One of our writers, Jon Michaud, had his story listed as one of storySouth's notable online stories of 2007.
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2008
    I usually read Sybil's Garage, which comes out quarterly. They tend towards fabulism over actual sci-fi though tout themselves as a science fiction magazine. Mostly very short stuff but generally enjoyable - and it's quite inexpensive, which makes it easy to shell out once every four months for a print issue. I've been reading since issue two and the quality of everything has steadily risen with the page count.

    There's also Event Horizon, who hasn't published a new issue in some time, it seems. It's mostly comic work, though there are several prose shorts per book. Nothing ultra-spectacular, but I like that they're attempting to create a pulp medium for the 21C. Ben Niles wrote (writes?) an ongoing barbarian saga that's fairly enjoyable and there's a serial about a reality-hopping aristocrat and his band of adventurers that was fairly entertaining. I want to say this is where I read a fabulous account of Thor battling Jormungandr from the perspective of a late Victorian sailor, but I could be wrong about that. Also illustration from the ever-brilliant Ashley Wood.

    Whatever happened to the various DNA publications? I know Absolute Magnitude went under. I used to read them occasionally, (usually when the cover art caught my eye or I recognized a name on the cover). Seems like I've really pared down without a nearby newsstand to peruse.
  4.  (25.36)
    Whatever happened to the various DNA publications?

    That guy's entire operation went down.
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2008 edited
    From the comments here I'm surprised that only one person has mentioned Murky Depths. Sure, I'm biased, but I do think its quality and content at least equals the very best out there. And to give you a treat this is the first online reveal of the new cover for Issue #5 (shipping this week) - featuring the alcohol-swigging, chain-smoking angel, Halo Slipping.

    Issue #5 cover
    And if you are concerned about the high cover price you can currently save £4 on Issue #4 by snapping up one of the rejected copies (the covers are slightly skewed - but otherwise they are perfect).
    warrenellis: And, in terms of print, I'm now down to just McSweeney's.
    Might you give Murky Depths a try?

    Going back to the start of this thread and the mention of Interzone, I loved Karen Fishlers "Africa" in Issue #217
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2008
    I spent most winter Sundays in the early 80's reading through the short stories in my dad's Analog collection.
    I'm also finding Interzone a bit spotty. I've subscribed to Electric Velocipede, apart from that, I haven't a clue.