I'm still catching up on things from last year. Some of these things are moving pretty slowly, though, so the catching up is easy. In late July 2019, it was announced that Weird Tales would be back with its 363rd issue. There was no cover date, but the latest issue became available in August, shortly before H.P. Lovecraft's birthday. The Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDb) didn't have a list of contents until September. The first list I saw was on a website called The Silver Book Lamp (here). The date was August 25. Good work, Silver Book Lamp. Weird Tales itself has a Facebook page. The announcement there looks to have been dated August 14. Like all Facebook pages, it's un-look-at-able.
You can buy Weird Tales #363 for about ten dollars. Reviews look mixed. Early reviews on a website that shall not be named are more critical. Later reviews are more enthusiastic. That makes me wonder a little bit. Commerce has its ways.
The newest issue is 80 pages long. That's okay with me. At least we have a new magazine. The editor is supposed to be Marvin Kaye, but I'm not sure that's really the case. Anyway, the cover art, a swipe (a commissioned swipe that the editors probably call an homage), is by Abigail Larson. The interior contents are as follows, condensed from the list on the ISFDb:
- "What Waits in the Trees"--Artwork by Verveil
- "The Eyrie"--Essay by Marvin Kaye
- "What Waits in the Trees"--Poem by Stephanie M. Wytovich
- "Up from Slavery"--Novelette by Victor LaValle, illustrated by E. M. Gist
- "Erasure"--Poem by Stephanie M. Wytovich
- "By Post"--Short story by Josh Malerman, illustrated by Jeremy Wilson
- "A Housekeeper's Revenge"--Short story by Lisa Morton, illustrated by John Cebollero
- "A Women Who Still Knows How to Die"--Poem by Stephanie M. Wytovich
- "Due to the Memory of Scars"--Poem by Stephanie M. Wytovich
- "The Shadows Beneath the Stone"--Short story by Jonathan Maberry, illustrated by Colton Worley
- "Outside the Shells of Horseshoe Crabs"--Poem by Stephanie M. Wytovich
- "I-O-U "--Short story by Sherrilyn Kenyon, illustrated by Brian Hendrickson
- "Payday"--Short story by Hank Schwaeble
- "Distant Drum"--Short story by Marc Bilgrey
- "Amelia Delia Lee"--Poem by Tori Eldridge
- "How It Should Have Ended"--Artwork by Jeff Wong
- "Weird Tales, No. 363"--Artwork by Abigail Larson
Click on the names for links to websites. I haven't made any links to Facebook pages, as Facebook is really terrible in visual terms. I hope I have the right people in each of these links. The Weird Tales website--weirdtales.com--is still down. Don't ask me why.
It has been six months now since the last issue. At this point, maybe a semiannual schedule is too much to hope for. We'll just keep hanging on until the next issue comes out, I guess. In the meantime, I would like to wish the makers of Weird Tales good luck in their endeavors.
Copyright 2020 Terence E. Hanley