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Strange Tales

Entry updated 9 April 2015. Tagged: Publication.

1. US Pulp magazine, seven issues September 1931 to January 1933, published by Clayton Magazines; edited by Harry Bates. Strange Tales (subtitled "of Mystery and Terror") was a companion magazine to Astounding Stories (see Astounding Science-Fiction) and was similar in editorial policy to Weird Tales; it carried some borderline science fiction, such as "In the Lair of the Space Monsters" (October 1932) by Frank Belknap Long, or had science-fictional concepts behind some of the weird circumstances, such as in Jack Williamson's "Wolves of Darkness" (January 1932), with its Werewolves as Aliens from another Dimension. Most of the stories by Henry S Whitehead (1882-1932) would classify as science fiction, especially "The Trap" (March 1932), co-written with H P Lovecraft (but uncredited) involving a strange mirror-world and dreams of Immortality. Other contributors included Ray Cummings, Robert E Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and others familiar to readers of Astounding and Weird Tales. Its covers were all by Wesso. Like Astounding it ceased publication when the Clayton Magazines went into liquidation, but it was not revived when Street & Smith acquired the rights to the Clayton magazines. Strange Tales (anth 1976), anonymously compiled by William H Desmond and others, is a facsimile collection of stories from the magazine. The magazine was briefly revived by Wildside Press, Pennsylvania in 2003 for three further issues, undated, 2003-2007, numbered #8-#10, edited by Robert M Price. The first issue was close to standard size, and the others letter-size. Most of the stories tried too hard to emulate the pulpish atmosphere of the 1930s and were perhaps a little too "eldritch", but the contributions by Richard A Lupoff struck the right tone. [MA]

2. UK Digest weird-story reprint magazine; two undated issues 1946, published by Benson Herbert's Utopian Publications; edited by Walter Gillings, uncredited, and featuring stories by, among others, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, H P Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Jack Williamson and John Beynon Harris (John Wyndham). [MJE/PN]


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