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.
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
- HP 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.