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Web Terror Stories

Entry updated 4 April 2017. Tagged: Publication.

US Digest-size weird fiction magazine. Published by Robert C Sproul (1920-2007) as Candar Publishing Company. Credited editor was Sproul. Eight issues, August 1962 to June 1965. Publication, nominally quarterly, was in fact erratic.

This title has a complex history involving several name changes. It began as Saturn, which Sproul had published briefly from 1957 to 1958; this continued as the crime magazine Saturn Web Detective Stories from August 1958, then as Web Detective Stories to July 1959. It became Web Terror Tales with the August 1962 edition – still continuing the volume numbering from earlier incarnations, presumably to avoid paying the US post office the required Postal Registration fee for a new magazine (a common tactic of US magazine publishers). This incarnation attempted to revive the "weird menace" type of Horror fiction that had been popular in the 1930s and 1940s in such borderline weird-fiction Pulp titles as Horror Stories (1935-1941) rather than the more traditional horror fiction found in Weird Tales. Story titles such as Arthur P Gordon's "Orbit of the Pain-Masters" (August 1962) or Emory Connor's "Mistress of the Six Gates of Horror" (April 1964) were typical. Web Terror Stories also included some minor sf. The only notable authors to appear under their own names were Marion Zimmer Bradley and John Jakes, both in the August 1962 issue; others may well have appeared under unidentified pseudonyms. [GSt/DRL]

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