Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine is an American literary magazine, the first publication from Greatest Uncommon Denominator Publishing, founded in Laconia, New Hampshire in July 2006. Greatest Uncommon Denominator contains literary and genre fiction, poetry and art and features authors and artists from around the world. GUD pays semi-pro rates for content and pays royalties on the profits of the sales of the magazine making the contributors shareholders for that issue. GUD Magazine features reviews of small press publications on-line, independent of its publication schedule; the magazine, published twice yearly, is available for purchase in print and many electronic formats, including: Portable Document Format Palm Doc Rocket Reader/REB1100 Microsoft Reader - PocketPC 1.0+ Compatible Franklin eBookMan hiebook Sony Reader iSilo Mobipocket OEBFF format 1871 submissions were read and responded to between July 2006 to the end of January 2007. The initial print run for Issue 0 was 200 copies, followed up by an additional print run of 200.
As of June, 2009, over 11,000 responses have been sent—with a record of over 800 submissions coming in in May, 2009. Working towards its goal of paying out royalties to its contributors, GUD boosted its circulation of early issues from 400 to 700 in the last week of November 2009 with its "pay what you want" sale; the magazine is a publication of GUD Publishing, Inc. an organization started in 2006 by Mike Coombes, Sal Coraccio, Kaolin Fire, Sue Miller. As of February 2007, the active members include Julia Bernd, Sal Coraccio, Kaolin Fire, Sue Miller and Debbie Moorhouse. Kaolin Fire, Issues 0+5 Sue Miller, Issues 1+8 Sal Coraccio, Issue 2 Debbie Moorhouse, Issues 3+6 Julia de Caradeuc Bernd, Issues 4+7 T. L. Morganfield, ‘Night Bird Soaring’, Issue #3: Sidewise Awards Kirstyn McDermott, ‘Painlessness’, Issue #2: Aurealis Awards and Ditmar Awards Neal Blaikie, ‘Offworld Friends are Best’, Issue #2: Locus Recommended Reading List, 2008 Stories from GUD Issues 0 and 1 received 3 honorable mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Awards 2008: Steven J. Dines's "Unzipped" Sarah Singleton and Chris Butler's "Songs of the Dead" Leslie Claire Walker's "Max Velocity"GUD is considered one of the "Top 100 Markets for Magazine Writers and Book Writers" by Writer's Digest.
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Escape Pod (podcast)
Escape Pod is a magazine-style podcast founded by Serah Eley and launched on 12 May 2005 which presents science fiction stories. It has been called "the world's leading science fiction podcast". In 2006, Eley created Escape Artists, Inc. to produce Escape Pod and sister podcasts and PodCastle. While episodes are free, writers are paid according to market guidelines established by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the company runs on listener donations or subscriptions. Escape Pod launched with founder Serah Eley filling all roles. Writer Jeremiah Tolbert joined as editor. Serah Eley announced her retirement on 26 April 2010, her last appearance was Episode 240 on 12 May 2010. Mur Lafferty assumed both producer and hosting roles at Escape Pod with Episode 241. Effective 1 January 2013, Mur Lafferty stepped down as editor, keeping her association with Escape Artists, Inc. On 18 December 2012, at Escape Pod's site, Mur published "Announcing the new editor of Escape Pod!", naming co-host Norm Sherman the new editor and Alasdair Stuart interim editor until Sherman assumed his new role.
On 3 January 2013 Escape Pod confirmed Mur's departure during Episode 377's introduction. Near the end of 2013, the company announced that due to a combination of increased listener demand and a decline in contributions, they were three months from insolvency. After overwhelming response from listeners, it was announced that the company was funded for at least ten months, that the company had been purchased by Pseudopod host, Alasdair Stuart. Escape Artists, Inc. is a Georgia corporation established 21 February 2006 by Steve Eley for producing Escape Pod and sister podcasts and is distinct from Escape Artists Productions, LLC. The company was purchased in July 2014 by Dan Sawyer; as of January 2016, Escape Artists added a fourth podcast. Escape Artists has three sister podcasts: Escape Pod is dedicated to science fiction, Pseudopod is dedicated to horror fiction, PodCastle is dedicated to fantasy fiction, Cast of Wonders features young adult speculative fiction. Escape Pod features several different types of content.
The magazine offers a weekly story between 2000 and 6000 words in length. It releases flash fiction pieces less than 2000 words in length on an irregular schedule. Annually Escape Pod publishes audio presentations the year's Hugo Award nominees in the short story category. On rare occasions, other types of content have been made available on Escape Pod, such as metacasts, an interview and movie reviews, PDFs for Playing for Keeps by Mur Lafferty and Infected by Scott Sigler. In 2008, Escape Pod refocused its attention back to its science fiction roots, leaving the horror and fantasy stories to the sister podcasts but Eley states that there are still no hard and fast rules on content, Escape Pod may still feature the occasional horror or fantasy piece. Escape Pod has a policy against allowing authors to read their own works. Many stories are read by people associated with Escape Pod as well as other members of the podcasting community. Escape Pod is considered a professional market by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and publications in it count towards qualifying writers for SFWA.
Escape Pod's music is provided by surf rock band Daikaiju with the band's permission. The opening theme is the instrumental song "The Final Phase," and the closing theme is "Choujikuu Mitsukai". Both are from the album The Phasing Spider Menace; the podcast has been a finalist for the Parsec Award four times for Best Speculative Fiction Story, once for Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast, twice for Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast. Short fiction audio podcast magazines like Escape Pod and its sister publications and PodCastle, have caught the interest and imagination of fiction enthusiasts, doing a wonderful job at reviving awareness in both new short fiction and classic works Escape Pod is distributed under the Creative Commons attribution non-commercial no-derivatives 3.0 license. This means that Escape Pod episodes are available at no cost and can be redistributed but not sold or modified. Any of the show's episodes may be downloaded individually from Escape Pod's website or received via a podcatcher.
The fiction itself remains copyrighted by its respective authors. Escape Pod contracts with the authors for non-exclusive audio rights, paying semi-professional rates. Escape Pod now sells collections of their podcasts at PodDisc. There are five discs available. Disc one contains episodes 1 through 26. Disc two contains 27 through 52. Disc three contains episodes 53 through 78. Disc four contains episodes 79 through 104. Disc five contains episodes 105 through 130. Official website Review in SciFi Dimensions Review in SFFAudio
Fantasy fiction magazine
A fantasy fiction magazine or fantasy magazine is a magazine which publishes fantasy fiction. Not included in the category are magazines for children with stories about such characters as Santa Claus. Not included are adult magazines about sexual fantasy. Many fantasy magazines, in addition to fiction, have other features such as art, reviews, or letters from readers; some fantasy magazines publish science fiction and horror fiction, so there is not always a clear distinction between a fantasy magazine and a science fiction magazine. For example, Fantastic magazine published exclusively science fiction for much of its run. Abyss & Apex Magazine, 2003–present Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, 2002–present AUS Apex_Magazine, Apex Magazine, 2005–present Aurealis, 1990–present, AUS Bards and Sages Quarterly, 2009–present Beneath Ceaseless Skies, 2008–present Black Gate, 2001–present Clarkesworld Magazine, 2006–present, webzine Daily Science Fiction, 2010–present, webzine/email zine Fantastyka, 1982–present, Poland.
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Uncanny Magazine is an American science fiction and fantasy online magazine and published by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas. Issues appear bimonthly, starting November 2014 after receiving funding through Kickstarter. Uncanny Magazine has maintained a regular bimonthly schedule since, publishing original works by authors such as Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Catherynne M. Valente, Charlie Jane Anders, Seanan McGuire, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Alex Bledsoe, Kameron Hurley and Ken Liu. In 2017, Uncanny won the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine, one of its published stories, "Folding Beijing" by Hao Jingfang translated by Ken Liu, won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette. Winner 2015 William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review– “Does Sex Make Science Fiction ‘Soft’?", Tansy Rayner Roberts Nominee 2015 Prix Aurora Awards- Best Poem/Song – English– “The New Ways” by Amal El-Mohtar, Uncanny Magazine #1 Finalist 2015 Parsec Awards- Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast– The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Winner 2016 Gold Spectrum Award- Editorial Category– "Traveling to a Distant" Day by Tran Nguyen Finalist 2016 Theodore Sturgeon Award– “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu Finalist 2016 Locus Award- Best Novelette– “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu Winner 2016 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine– Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky Winner 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novelette– “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu Winner 2016 Chesley Awards- Best Cover Illustration: Magazine– "Traveling to a Distant Day" by Tran Nguyen Winner 2016 Parsec Awards- Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast– The Uncanny Magazine Podcast Finalist 2016 World Fantasy Award- Best Short Fiction– “Pockets” by Amal El-Mohtar, Finalist 2016 World Fantasy Award- Best Short Fiction– “Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History” by Sam J. Miller, Finalist 2016 World Fantasy Award- Special Award Nonprofessional – Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny Magazine Finalist 2017 World Fantasy Award Special Award, Non-Professional – Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny Magazine Lynne M. Thomas, Editor-in-Chief, November 2014 – Present Michael Damian Thomas, Editor-in-Chief, November 2014 – Present Michi Trota, Managing Editor, November 2014 – Present Julia Rios and Poetry Editor/Interviewer, May 2016 – Present Erika Ensign, Podcast Producer, November 2014 – Present Steven Schapansky, Podcast Producer, November 2014 – Present Amal El-Mohtar, Podcast Reader, November 2014 – Present C. S. E. Cooney, Podcast Reader, November 2014 - August 2015 Deborah Stanish, November 2014 - December 2016
Science fiction magazine
A science-fiction magazine is a publication that offers science fiction, either in a hard-copy periodical format or on the Internet. Science-fiction magazines traditionally featured speculative fiction in short story, novella or novel form, a format that continues into the present day. Many contain editorials, book reviews or articles, some include stories in the fantasy and horror genres. Malcolm Edwards and Peter Nicholls write that early magazines were not known as science fiction: "if there were any need to differentiate them, the terms scientific romance or'different stories' might be used, but until the appearance of a magazine devoted to sf there was no need of a label to describe the category; the first specialized English-language pulps with a leaning towards the fantastic were Thrill Book and Weird Tales, but the editorial policy of both was aimed much more towards weird-occult fiction than towards sf."Major American science-fiction magazines include Amazing Stories, Astounding Science Fiction, Galaxy Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
The most influential British science-fiction magazine was New Worlds. Many science-fiction magazines have been published in languages other than English, but none has gained worldwide recognition or influence in the world of anglophone science fiction. There is a growing trend toward important work being published first on the Internet, both for reasons of economics and access. A web-only publication can cost as little as one-tenth of the cost of publishing a print magazine, as a result, some believe the e-zines are more innovative and take greater risks with material. Moreover, the magazine is internationally accessible, distribution is not an issue—though obscurity may be. Magazines like Strange Horizons, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Jim Baen's Universe, the Australian magazine Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine are examples of successful Internet magazines. Web-based magazines tend to favor shorter stories and articles that are read on a screen, many of them pay little or nothing to the authors, thus limiting their universe of contributors.
However, multiple web-based magazines are listed as "paying markets" by the SFWA, which means that they pay the "professional" rate of 6c/word or more. These magazines include popular titles such as Strange Horizons, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Clarkesworld Magazine; the SFWA publishes a list of qualifying magazine and short fiction venues that contains all current web-based qualifying markets. The World Science Fiction Convention awarded a Hugo Award each year to the best science fiction magazine, until that award was changed to one for Best Editor in the early 1970s. Magazines were the only way to publish science fiction until about 1950, when large mainstream publishers began issuing science fiction books. Today, there are few paper-based science-fiction magazines, most printed science fiction appears first in book form. Science-fiction magazines began in the United States, but there were several major British magazines and science-fiction magazines that have been published around the world, for example in France and Argentina.
The first science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, was published in a format known as bedsheet the size of Life but with a square spine. Most magazines changed to the pulp magazine format the size of comic books or National Geographic but again with a square spine. Now, most magazines are published in digest format the size of Reader's Digest, although a few are in the standard 8.5" x 11" size, have stapled spines, rather than glued square spines. Science-fiction magazines in this format feature non-fiction media coverage in addition to the fiction. Knowledge of these formats is an asset when locating magazines in libraries and collections where magazines are shelved according to size; the premiere issue of Amazing Stories and published by Hugo Gernsback, displayed a cover by Frank R. Paul illustrating Off on a Comet by Jules Verne. After many minor changes in title and major changes in format and publisher, Amazing Stories ended January 2005 after 607 issues. Except for the last issue of Stirring Science Stories, the last true bedsheet size sf magazine was Fantastic Adventures, in 1939, but it changed to the pulp size, it was absorbed by its digest-sized stablemate Fantastic in 1953.
Before that consolidation, it ran 128 issues. Much fiction published in these bedsheet magazines, except for classic reprints by writers such as H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and Edgar Allan Poe, is only of antiquarian interest; some of it was written by teenage science fiction fans, who were paid little or nothing for their efforts. Jack Williamson for example, was 19, his writing improved over time, until his death in 2006, he was still a publishing writer at age 98. Some of the stories in the early issues were by scientists or doctors who knew little or nothing about writing fiction, but who tried their best, for example, Dr. David H. Keller; the two best original sf stories published in a bedsheet science fiction magazine were "A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley G. Weinbaum and "The Gostak and the Doshes" by Dr. Miles Breuer, who influenced Jack Williamson. "The Gostak and the Doshes" is one of the few stories from that era still read today. Other stories
Clarkesworld Magazine is an American online fantasy and science fiction magazine. It released the first issue October 1, 2006 and has maintained a regular monthly schedule since, publishing fiction by authors such as Elizabeth Bear, Kij Johnson, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Sarah Monette, Catherynne Valente, Jeff VanderMeer and Peter Watts. Clarkesworld Magazine is published or collected in a number of formats: All fiction is collected annually in print anthologies published by Wyrm Publishing Apps are available for Android, iPad and iPhone devices EPUB, Amazon Kindle, Mobipocket ebook editions of each issue are available for purchase All content is available online via the magazine website All fiction is available in audio format via podcast or direct download Ebook subscriptions for the Kindle and EPUB readers Winner 2006 Million Writers Award for "Best New Online Magazine" Winner 2006 Million Writers Award for "Urchins, While Swimming" by Catherynne M. Valente Nominee 2007 Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction, "There's No Light Between Floors" by Paul Tremblay Finalist 2007 Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction, "The Third Bear" by Jeff VanderMeer Finalist 2007 Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction, "Something in the Mermaid Way" by Carrie Laben Finalist 2007 WSFA Small Press Award, "The Third Bear" by Jeff VanderMeer Finalist 2007 WSFA Small Press Award, "Orm the Beautiful" by Elizabeth Bear Named SciFi.com Site of the Week: August 29, 2007 Winner 2009 Chesley Awards for Best Magazine Cover, "Floating Fish" by Mats Minnhagen Nominee 2009 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine Nominee 2009 World Fantasy Special Award: Non-Professional Nominee 2009 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction, "A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica", Catherynne M. Valente Nominee 2009 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, "Non-Zero Probabilities", N. K. Jemisin Winner 2009 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, "Spar", Kij Johnson Winner 2010 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine Nominee 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, "Non-Zero Probabilities", N. K. Jemisin Nominee 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, "Spar", Kij Johnson Finalist 2010 Locus Award for Best Magazine, finished 4th Finalist 2010 Locus Award for Best Short Story, "Spar", Kij Johnson, finished 2nd Nominee 2010 Chesley Awards for Best Magazine Cover, "Brain Tower", Kazuhiko Nakamura Finalist 2010 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction Story, "The Things", Peter Watts Nominee 2010 World Fantasy Special Award: Non-Professional Nominee 2010 BSFA Award for Best Short Story, "The Things", Peter Watts Winner 2010 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Story, "The Things", Peter Watts Winner 2011 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine Nominee 2011 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, "The Things", Peter Watts Finalist 2011 Locus Award for Best Short Story, "The Things", Peter Watts Finalist 2011 Locus Award for Best Short Story, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time", Catherynne M. Valente Nominee 2011 Chesley Awards for Best Magazine Cover, "Warm", Sergio Rebolledo Nominee 2011 Chesley Awards for Best Magazine Cover, "Honeycomb", Julie Dillon Nominee 2011 Chesley Awards for Best Magazine Cover, "Soulhunter", Andrey Lazarev Nominee 2011 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees", E. Lily Yu Nominee 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novella, "Silently and Very Fast", Catherynne M. Valente Finalist 2012 Locus Award for Best Magazine Finalist 2012 Locus Award for Best Short Story, "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees", E. Lily Yu Winner 2012 Locus Award for Best Novella, "Silently and Very Fast", Catherynne M. Valente Nominee 2012 Hugo Award for Best Short Story, "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees", E. Lily Yu Nominee 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novella, "Silently and Very Fast", Catherynne M. Valente Nominee 2012 Hugo Award for Best Editor Short Form, Neil Clarke Nominee 2012 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction, "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees", E. Lily Yu Nominee 2012 World Fantasy Award for Best Novella, "Silently and Very Fast", Catherynne M. Valente Nominee 2012 World Fantasy Special Award: Non-Professional Winner 2012 Chesley Awards for Best Magazine Cover, "New World" by Ken Barthelmey Finalist 2013 Locus Award for Best Magazine Nominee 2013 Hugo Award for Best Editor Short Form, Neil Clarke Winner 2013 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine Finalist 2014 Locus Award for Best Magazine Nominee 2014 Hugo Award for Best Editor Short Form, Neil Clarke Winner 2014 World Fantasy Special Award: Non-Professional Kate Baker, Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace for Clarkesworld Winner 2014 British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine/Periodical Neil Clarke, Editor-in-Chief Sean Wallace, October 2006 – present Kate Baker, Podcast Director, October 2009 – present, Non-Fiction Editor, January 2013 – present Gardner Dozois, Reprint Editor, April 2013 – May 2018 Jeremy L.
C. Jones, September 2010 – December 2014 Jason Heller, Non-Fiction Editor, January 2012 – December 2012 Cheryl Morgan, Non-Fiction Editor, January 2009 – December 2011 Nick Mamatas, October 2006 – July 2008 Ekaterina Sedia, Interim Non-Fiction Editor, August 2008 – December 2008 Official website Clarkesworld Magazine podcast feed Clarkesworld's Awards & Recognition List
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is a U. S. fantasy and science fiction magazine first published in 1949 by Fantasy House, a subsidiary of Lawrence Spivak's Mercury Press. Editors Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas had approached Spivak in the mid-1940s about creating a fantasy companion to Spivak's existing mystery title, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine; the first issue was titled The Magazine of Fantasy, but the decision was made to include science fiction as well as fantasy, the title was changed correspondingly with the second issue. F&SF was quite different in presentation from the existing science fiction magazines of the day, most of which were in pulp format: it had no interior illustrations, no letter column, text in a single column format, which in the opinion of science fiction historian Mike Ashley "set F&SF apart, giving it the air and authority of a superior magazine". F&SF became one of the leading magazines in the science fiction and fantasy field, with a reputation for publishing literary material and including more diverse stories than its competitors.
Well-known stories that appeared in its early years include Richard Matheson's Born of Man and Woman, Ward Moore's Bring the Jubilee, a novel of an alternative history in which the South has won the American Civil War. McComas left for health reasons in 1954, but Boucher continued as sole editor until 1958, winning the Hugo Award for Best Magazine that year, a feat his successor, Robert Mills, repeated in the next two years. Mills was responsible for publishing Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, the first of Brian Aldiss's Hothouse stories; the first few issues featured cover art by George Salter, Mercury Press's art director, but other artists soon began to appear, including Chesley Bonestell, Kelly Freas, Ed Emshwiller. In 1962, Mills was succeeded as editor by Avram Davidson; when Davidson left at the end of 1964, Joseph Ferman, who had bought the magazine from Spivak in 1954, took over as editor, though his son Edward soon began doing the editorial work under his father's supervision.
At the start of 1966 Edward Ferman was listed as editor, four years he acquired the magazine from his father and moved the editorial offices to his house in Connecticut. Ferman remained editor for over 25 years, published many well-received stories, including Fritz Leiber's Ill Met in Lankhmar, Robert Silverberg's Born with the Dead, Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. In 1991 he turned the editorship over to Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who began including more horror and dark fantasy than had appeared under Ferman. In the mid-1990s circulation began to decline. Gordon Van Gelder replaced Rusch in 1997, bought the magazine from Ferman in 2001, but circulation continued to fall, by 2011 it was below 15,000. Charles Coleman Finlay took over from Van Gelder as editor in 2015; the first magazine dedicated to fantasy, Weird Tales, appeared in 1923. By the end of the 1930s, the genre was flourishing in the United States, nearly twenty new sf and fantasy titles appearing between 1938 and 1941; these were all pulp magazines, which meant that despite the occasional high-quality story, most of the magazines presented badly written fiction and were regarded as trash by many readers.
In 1941, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine appeared, edited by Fred Dannay and focusing on detective fiction. The magazine was published in digest format, rather than pulp, printed a mixture of classic stories and fresh material. Dannay attempted to avoid the sensationalist fiction appearing in the pulps, soon made the magazine a success. In the early 1940s Anthony Boucher, a successful writer of fantasy and sf and of mystery stories, got to know Dannay through his work on the Ellery Queen radio show. Boucher knew J. Francis McComas, an editor who shared his interest in fantasy and sf. By 1944 McComas and Boucher became interested in the idea of a fantasy companion to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, spoke to Dannay about it. Dannay was interested in the idea, but paper was scarce because of World War II; the following year Boucher and McComas suggested that the new magazine could use the Ellery Queen name, but Dannay knew little about fantasy and suggested instead that they approach Lawrence Spivak, the owner of Mercury Press, which published Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
In January 1946, Boucher and McComas went to New York and met with Spivak, who let them know in the year that he wanted to go ahead. At Spivak's request they began acquiring material for the new magazine, including a new story by Raymond Chandler, reprint rights to stories by H. P. Lovecraft, John Dickson Carr, Robert Bloch. Spivak planned the first issue for early 1947, but delayed the launch because of poor newsstand sales of digest magazines, he suggested that it should be priced at 35 cents an issue, higher than the original plan, to provide a financial buffer against poor sales. In May 1949 Spivak suggested a new title, The Magazine of Fantasy, in August a press release announced that the magazine would appear in October. On October 6, 1949, Boucher and McComas held a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Edgar Allan Poe and to launch "a new fantasy anthology periodical". Invitees included Carr, Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff.
The first issue, published by Fantasy House, a subsidiary of American Mercury, sold 57,000 co