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Weird Tales takes a walk on the Wildside

01/06/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Wildside Press, LLC has reached an agreement to purchase DNA Publications' Weird Tales magazine.

Wildside, previously a minority owner of Weird Tales magazine, assumes control with issue 337, now being printed.

Production changes are being implemented immediately. The magazine's page count will increase by 15%, a double-sized issue will appear late in the summer, and theme issues are planned spotlighting such popular genre authors as Jeff VanderMeer, Jeffrey Ford, and Harlan Ellison.

DNA plans to concentrate on its magazine showcasing the band KISS, as well as its other magazines.

Editorial changes at Weird Tales magazine are being implemented immediately. Fantasy author and president of Wildside Press, John Gregory Betancourt, will co-edit the magazine with current editors Darrell Schweitzer and George H. Scithers. Betancourt cofounded the current magazine with Scithers and Schweitzer in 1987, although he left in 1993 to pursue a book-editing career.

"This represents a return to the classic editorial lineup," Betancourt said.
"George Scithers, Darrell Schweitzer, and I bring very different tastes to the magazine, and WT reached its peak when we worked on it together." After Betancourt left the company, Weird Tales magazine went through several format changes, including switching the title to Worlds of Fantasy and Horror for four issues. Then it was sold to DNA Publications, which restored the Weird Tales name and published it successfully for many years.

Subscription matters for Wildside's magazines (which include Adventure Tales, H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and Cat Tales) will now be handled by Wildside instead of DNA's circulation department. C

ontact Wildside Press, P.O. Box 301, Holicong, PA 18928-0301. Subscribers can also email to weirdtales@gmail.com

Under the terms of the agreement, DNA Publications retains financial responsibility for all debts prior to issue 337. Wildside assumes all subscription liabilities going forward.

DNA Publications can still be reached at P.O. Box 2988, Radford VA 24141.

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