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Ann VanderMeer joins Weird Tales

20/02/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Weird Tales publisher John Gregory Betancourt has announced the selection of Ann VanderMeer as the magazine's new fiction editor.

VanderMeer, formerly the founding editor of the surrealist fiction magazine The Silver Web (1988-2002), will take over the Weird Tales position as of issue #347 in October 2007.

"We're thrilled to have Ann working on Weird Tales," Betancourt told SFcrowsnest. "Her work on Prime Books' new Best American Fantasy anthology is exciting and provocative, and we can't wait to see what she'll surprise us with in the magazine."

Ann VanderMeer has been a publisher and editor for twenty years, running Buzzcity Press. In addition, she has been a partner with her husband, Jeff VanderMeer, on such editing projects as the World Fantasy Award-winning Leviathan series and the Hugo finalist The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases. A Best of the Silver Web is forthcoming from Prime Books. Currently, she is serving as one of the guest editors for the new Best American Fantasy, and is co-editing anthologies including The New Weird (Tachyon Publications), Fast Ships, Black Sails (Nightshade Books), Last Drink Bird Head, and Love-Drunk Book Heads.

“I am very honored and excited to be the newest member of the Weird Tales team," said VanderMeer. "I'm inspired by all the extraordinary work I see being created today and can’t wait to bring a diversity of experience to the Weird Tales audience.”

As was previously announced in Locus last month, the current Weird Tales editorial trio - George H. Scithers, Darrell Schweitzer, and Wildside Press publisher Betancourt - are assuming modified roles at the magazine. Betancourt continues to oversee the entire Wildside magazine group as publisher; Scithers has been promoted to editor emeritus in charge of special projects, and is editing Wildside Press' forthcoming Cat Tales series; and Schweitzer will be regularly bylining as a senior contributing editor for nonfiction.

"Our goal is to make Weird Tales the most dynamic fantasy magazine in the field," said Betancourt. "We took a long look at the last year of Weird Tales - what worked, what didn't - and decided to shake things up completely." In addition to the editorial reorganization, the magazine will debut a new logo and interior design with issue #344 in April.

VanderMeer will be accepting fiction submissions via email beginning March 6 at weirdtales@gmail.com. Writers lacking email capabilites are welcome to send hardcopy submissions to her, attn: Weird Tales, P.O. Box 38190, Tallahassee, FL 32315.

Updated submission guidelines will be available online as of March 1 over at www.weirdtalesmagazine.com.

Creative director Stephen H. Segal will serve as interim editorial director for issues #344-#346, which are now closed to fiction submissions. He will continue thereafter to serve as Weird Tales' nonfiction editor.

Weird Tales introduced the world to such authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Ray Bradbury. The magazine will celebrate the 85th anniversary of its founding in early 2008 (as well as the 20th anniversary of its modern-day incarnation).

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