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Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine

Are you waiting for your ship to come in?

Are you one of those who have been idly gazing out into the Sea of Literature wondering when the craft you are looking for will appear on the horizon? Then come down to the harbor, for your vessel is making port. Twelve times a year Weird Tales comes in, a stately galleon laden with the treasures of fancy from the seven seas. Each month an argosy of bizarre and unusual tales -- imaginative stories such as are offered nowhere else, rich treasures of the mind, sparkling jewels of literature, tales that lift you out of the humdrum workaday world into that deathless country of the imagination.

From March of 1923 to September of 1954, Weird Tales was the most influential of all pulp magazines in the horror and fantasy genres. This magazine provided a publishing forum which focused "on the weird, the bizarre, the unususal," which initially was considered taboo and avoided by all other fiction magazines.

The "Unique Magazine" provided an opportunity for a new generation of writers to develop their craft and to explore new possibilities in the area of supernatural occult stories and what they termed "highly imaginative" stories. From this bold editorial viewpoint, they sparked the literary careers of authors who are now regarded as the founding fathers of modern day horror and fantasy fiction.

The author list included Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, August Derleth, Edmund Hamilton, Robert E. Howard, Carl Jacobi, Henry Kuttner, Frank Bellknap Long Jr., H.P. Lovecraft, C.L. Moore, Clark Ashton Smith, Seabury Quinn, Donald & Howard Wandrei, and Manly Wade Wellman among many others.

Weird Tales also developed a legendary reputation for fantastic cover and interior art from such artists as Margaret Brundage, J. Allen St. John, and Virgil Finlay.

Weird Tales returned to the newstands during the 1970s and 1980s to continue the legendary publishing tradition. In 1998, seventy five years since its debut, Weird Tales is once again publishing the best in weird fiction. Weird Tales stories have been reprinted in magazine replicas and in anthologies.

 

Featured Replica Issues

Weird Tales Pulp Reprints

April, 1926 issue featuring HP Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Seabury Quinn.

This monumental issue contains the full length cover story Wolfshead by Robert E. Howard, plus the story "The Outsider" by H.P. Lovecraft, "The Vengence of India" by Seabury Quinn and much more!

Weird Tales Pulp Reprints

July, 1925 issue featuring HP Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Seabury Quinn.

Contains Robert E. Howard's first published story "Spear and Fang". Plus, "The Unnamable" by H.P. Lovecraft, and stories from Seabury Quinn, E. Hoffman Price and more.

Weird Tales Pulp Reprints

December 1931 issue featuring The Dark Man by Robert E. Howard.

A red-blooded story of the old, heroic days when the Norsemen were pillaging the coasts of Ireland.

 

Weird Tales Pulp Fiction Magazine Replicas

1923

#1 March 1923Classic first issue with a story from R.T.M. Scott
#2 April 1923
#3 May 1923featuring "The Moon Terror". First of the oversized, "bedsheet" sized pulps.
#4 June 1923Edgar Allen Poe's "Murders at the Rue Morgue"
#5 July/August 1923
#6 September 1923
#7 October 1923

H.P. Lovecraft's first story for Weird Tales... "Dagon". Also, Seabury Quinn's "The Phantom Farm House"

#8 November 1923Edgar Allen Poe's "Tell Tale Heart"

1924

#9 January 1924"The Picture in the House" by HPL, Seabury Quinn, Poe, more!
#10 February 1924featuring "The Hound" by H.P. Lovecraft.
#11 March 1924featuring "The Rats in the Walls" by H.P. Lovecraft, plus "The Spirit Fakers" by Harry Houdini.
#12 April 1924"The White Ape" by H.P. Lovecraft. Plus "The Spirit Lover" by Harry Houdini
#13 May/June/July 1924Special Anniversary Edition! Double sized and last of the bedsheet sized pulps. Stories include "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" by Harry Houdini, "Hypnos" by H.P. Lovecraft and much more.
#14 November 1924
#15 December 1924

1925

#16 January 1925"The Festival" by HPL, Seabury Quinn, E. Hoffman Price, and more!
#17 February 1925"The Statement of Randolph Carter" by H.P. Lovecraft. Down into the tomb went his friend -- never to return.
#18 March 1925including "Servants of Satan #1" by Seabury Quinn, George Philip England, Arthur J Burks.
#19 April 1925including "Servants of Satan #2" by Seabury Quinn.
#20 May 1925featuring "The Music of Erich Zann" by H.P. Lovecraft and "Servants of Satan #3" by Seabury Quinn.
#21 June 1925featuring "Servants of Satan: No. 4 George Burroughs, Martyr" by Seabury Quinn. The true tale of New England witchcraft.
#22 July 1925Contains Robert E. Howard's first published story "Spear and Fang. Plus, "The Unnamable" by H.P. Lovecraft, and stories from Seabury Quinn, E. Hoffman Price and more.
#23 August 1925Featuring "In The Forest of Villefere" by Robert E. Howard. (2nd published story). Plus Murray Leinster, Seabury Quinn and more.
#24 September 1925Featuring "The Temple" by H.P. Lovecraft plus stories from O. Henry, Seabury Quinn, E. Hoffman Price and more.
#25 October 1925Featuring "The Horror on the Links" by Seabury Quinn. A tale that climbs steadily to a climax of stark terror -- a Jules de Grandin story.
#26 November 1925Oscar Wilde, H.G. Wells, Edgar Allen Poe and more!
#27 December 1925Featuring "The Tenants of Broussac" by Seabury Quinn. A complete Jules De Grandin mystery novellete about an Old Curse and a Gigantic Snake.

1926

#28 January 1926Featuring "The Tomb" by H.P. Lovecraft.
#29 February 1926Featuring "The Cats of Ulthar" by H. P. Lovecraft. Plus Seabury Quinn.
#30 March 1926Featuring stories from H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur J. Burks and more!
#31 April 1926This monumental issue contains "Wolfshead" by Robert E. Howard and "The Outsider" by H. P. Lovecraft. Plus Seabury Quinn.
#32 May 1926Stories from Arthur J. Burks, August Derleth and Seabury Quinn.
#33 June 1926Stories from H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur J. Burks, and more!
#34 July 1926Stories from Donald Kehoe, Seabury Quinn, August Derleth, and more!

1927

#40 January 1927Power packed issue contains "The Lost Race" by Robert E. Howard and "The Horror at Red Hook" by H.P. Lovecraft.

1928

#53 February 1928Featuring the legendary "Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft, plus "Dream Snake" by Robert E. Howard and a Seabury Quinn story for good measure.
#59 August 1928Featuring the Solomon Kane story "Red Shadows" by Robert E. Howard.

1931

#96 December 1931Featuring the "The Dark Man" by Robert E. Howard

1932

#107 November 1932Featuring the "Worms of the Earth" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from Seabury Quinn, Clark Ashton Smith and more!
#108 December 1932Featuring the "The Phoenix on the Sword" by Robert E. Howard plus a Jules de Grandin mystery from Seabury Quinn.

1933

#114 June 1933Featuring the "Black Colossus" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from Hugh Cave, August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith, Carl Jacobi and more!
#117 September 1933Featuring the "Slithering Shadown" by Robert E. Howard plus "Malay Horror" a Jules de Grandin mystery from Seabury Quinn, and stories from Hugh Cave, August Derleth, Jack Williamson and more!
#118 October 1933The famous Margaret Brundage "Bat Girl" cover plus stories from Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Seabury Quinn, Clark Ashton Smith and more!

1934

#125 May 1934Featuring the "Queen of the Black Coast" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from C.L. Moore, Carl Jacobi and more!
#128 August 1934Featuring the "The Devil in Iron" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from C.L. Moore, Hugh B. Cave, Clark Ashton Smith and more!
#132 December 1934Featuring the "A Witch is Born" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from C.L. Moore, Clark Ashton Smith and more!

1935

#135 March 1935Featuring "Jewels of Gwahlur" Howard by Robert E. Howard plus stories from Paul Ernst, C.L. Moore and more!
#143 November 1935Featuring the "Shadows in Zamboula" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from Paul Ernst, E. Hoffman Price and more!

1936

July 1936Featuring part 1 of 3 of "Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from C.L. Moore, Clark Ashton Smith, August Derleth and more!
August-September 1936Featuring part 2 of 3 of "Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard plus stories from Edmond Hamilton, Paul Ernst and more!

1938

#173 June 1938Featuring the "The Doom that Came to Sarnath" by H.P. Lovecraft plus stories from Robert E. Howard, Seabury Quinn, Robert Bloch, Clark Ashton Smith and more!

 

Weird Tales Reprints

Modern Weird Tales Magazines