Weird Tales is a legendary Pulp Magazine. Its original run lasted between 1923 and 1954; since then there have been various revivals, one of which is currently ongoing and has a website. It publishes short stories in the horror and fantasy genres; as seen below, its long history includes contributions by many of the best known writers in those fields.Scans of old Weird Tales issues can be found in the Internet Archive.
Contributing authors include:
- Robert Bloch: The future Psycho author broke in with Cthulhu Mythos fiction while he was a teenage correspondent of Lovecraft.
- Ray Bradbury
- Robert E. Howard: The magazine was the birthplace of Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane and Kull.
- Henry Kuttner
- H.P. Lovecraft: Contributed several stories, most notably "The Call of Cthulhu".
- C. L. Moore, who published her Jirel of Joiry and Northwest Smith stories in the magazine.
- Seabury Quinn: Not much remembered today, but actually the most popular contributor during the magazine's original run.
- Clark Ashton Smith
- Manly Wade Wellman
- Tennessee Williams: Believe it or not, he submitted a story to the magazine, the Very Loosely Based on a True Story "The Vengeance of Nitocris".
Tropes associated with the magazine:
- Have a Gay Old Time: This magazine is not eccentric; weird used to mean scary.
- Magician Detective: For a time the magazine had stories featuring Harry Houdini.
- Sexy Packaging: The covers of the original run were notoriously fanservicey, featuring well-developed women scantily-clad or nude but obscured. While these covers appealed to teenage boys of all ages, the most prolific artist was the female Margaret Brundage.