Weird Tales

 

“The unique magazine”, aka “the magazine that never dies”, is considered by many one of the most influential pulp magazines of  our era. In its original form it run from 1923 to 1954, offering a great and interesting sample of stories ranging from supernatural to primordial science fiction, to horror and suspense. It hosted many key authors of the paranormal and the occult, with names such Robert Bloch, H.P. Lovecraft, Seabury Quinn, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard among others. During his presence on the newsstands it enjoyed a moderate success, though it never had an easy life. Recurrent financial troubles, in fact, often threatened the magazine to quit off. The last issue of Weird Tales, distributed on September 1954, showed the same cover as the August 1939 issue (maybe they couldn’t afford to pay for a new picture). As a matter of fact Weird Tales’s popularity grew bigger after his disappearing, leading to many attempts of revival over the years. However, fans generally agree that none of such revivals reaches the same level of the original. At present the last of them dates Spring 2014.

 

PULP MAGAZINE COVER - WEIRD TALES, DECEMBER 1939
Weird Tales, issue of December 1939

 

What happened to volume four, number one?

Like many magazines of the era, Weird Tales divided his issues by Volumes and Numbers. So, i.e., there were Vol. 12/5, or Vol. 30/6, all of them progressively marked…except one. The first issue of Volume 4 (May/June/July, 1924) in fact, starts with number 2. The curious thing is that they seemed having realized the mistake only twenty-three years later, in 1947, when they issued two different issues (May and July) with the same volume number, 39/11, thus effectively returning to the appropriate numeration.

If you’re interested in taking a look at the magazine, you can find some issues of Weird Tales original edition and free to read here.

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