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:
- Cosmic Horror Story: This is where the Cthulhu Mythos started and had what some all its most glorious run.
- Contemptible Cover: The covers of the original run were notoriously fanservicey, featuring well-developed women scantily-clad or nude but obscured and frequently Chained to a Rock, experiencing some form of Monster Misogyny, Go-Go Enslavement, or otherwise distressed. The name of their most prolific artist, and the one responsible for many of their most risque covers? Margaret Brundage.
- In fact, her seeming fondness for female bondage scenes lead authors like Howard, Quinn, and others to include such scenes in their stories even when they played no real role in the plot. Why? Because the stories that got the cover art meant bigger paychecks for their authors.
- Going further, Brundage's Weird Tales covers served as Trope Maker for pulp science fiction and fantasy's take on this trope, and imitation of her style lies at the crossroads of Stock Shoutout and the "Weird Al" Effect. Compare the famous poster for Attack of the 50-Foot Woman with her illustrations, for instance.
- Have a Gay Old Time: This magazine is not eccentric; weird used to mean scary.
- Heroic Fantasy: Weird Tales pretty much started that entire genre.
- Magician Detective: For a time the magazine had stories featuring Harry Houdini.
- Moral Guardians: They occasionally complained about the magazine, but rarely so much as when Weird Tales published 'The Loved Dead', a first-person story about a necrophiliac serial killer.
- Occult Detective: They had their share, most notably Jules de Grandin and John Thunstone.