Margulies, Leo

Tagged: Editor

(1900-1975) US publisher and editor, who joined the Frank A Munsey chain of Pulp magazines in 1932, later moving to Beacon Magazines and becoming editorial director of Thrilling Wonder Stories when Beacon began publishing that title in 1936. Margulies had overall responsibility for the entire output of the chain; this later included the magazines Captain Future, Startling Stories and Strange Stories. Because he was an aggressive short man, he was nicknamed "The Little Giant of the Pulps". One of the editors who worked with him on these magazines was Oscar J Friend, and the two later collaborated on three anthologies: From Off This World (anth 1949), a thematic collection about Aliens, My Best Science Fiction Story (anth 1949) and The Giant Anthology of Science Fiction (anth 1954). After World War Two, Margulies formed a publishing company, and returned to sf as publisher of Fantastic Universe, of which he was also editorial director for a time. He left that company and formed another, which published Satellite Science Fiction. He later published the first revival of Weird Tales in 1973-1974. Of the remaining anthologies bearing his name, four – Three Times Infinity (anth 1958), Three in One: Novels (anth 1963), Weird Tales (anth 1964) (see Weird Tales) and Worlds of Weird (anth 1965) – were in fact ghost-edited by Sam Moskowitz; but Three from Out There (anth 1959), Get Out of My Sky (anth 1960), The Ghoul Keepers (anth 1961) and The Unexpected (anth 1961) were Margulies's work. [MJE]

Leo Margulies

born New York: 22 June 1900

died Los Angeles, California: 26 December 1975

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