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US Semiprozine, seven issues, irregular, November 1977-1985, small-Bedsheet slick format, published by Flight Unlimited, Kansas City; edited by Pat Cadigan. This was brought out by a partnership of Arnold Fenner (publisher) and Cadigan, now better known as a writer, whose first story, "Death from Exposure", was published in #2 (February 1978) and went on to win a Balrog Award. Shayol, in which Tom Reamy was also involved, was a development from Fenner's previous publication, Chacal, which had been largely devoted to Sword and Sorcery. With good covers, and excellent design and interior artwork – including work by Stephen Fabian – Shayol seemed almost created to prove a point about magazines not having to look tacky. It showcased good fiction, too, mixing sf and fantasy, from Michael Bishop, C J Cherryh, Charles L Grant, Tanith Lee, Tom Reamy, Lisa Tuttle, Howard Waldrop and others. It was an astonishingly adept performance, the most spectacular (though by no means the most regular) sf/fantasy magazine of its era, though as a Small-Press publication it was not indexed in the NESFA magazine indexes. Having proved they could do it, Cadigan and Fenner simply stopped. [PN]
Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
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