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Coven 13

Entry updated 2 April 2015. Tagged: Publication.

US fantasy magazine, Digest-size for the first four issues, then letter-size for the remaining six issues; ten issues from September 1969 to (undated) 1974, #1-#4 published bimonthly by Camelot Publishing, Los Angeles, September 1969 to March 1970, edited by Arthur H Landis; #5-#10 published irregularly by William L Crawford's Fantasy Publishing, California, edited by Gerald Page. From #5 (January 1971), Coven 13 was retitled Witchcraft & Sorcery, and subtitled "The Modern Magazine of Weird Tales" to leave no doubt about what it was imitating (see Weird Tales). There was no newsstand distribution after #6 (May 1971). The magazine achieved no great success and published no memorable stories, though contributions included "Rock God" (November 1969) by Harlan Ellison. Coven 13 also serialized Landis's "Let There Be Magick!" (September 1969-March 1970) which, subsequently revised, became the first novel in his Camelot series A World Called Camelot (1976). Coven 13 was attractively presented and illustrated throughout by William Stout. Witchcraft & Sorcery was, to all intents, a separate magazine, another valiant attempt by Crawford to produce a professional, nationally distributed magazine. It published some enjoyable Sword and Sorcery and weird tales, but nothing of significance. The nonfiction "Jade Pagoda", a nostalgic and bombastic column by E Hoffmann Price, won some praise and was the start of what eventually became his volume of reminiscences Book of the Dead (2001). [FHP/MJE/DRL/MA]


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