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
- Joseph Payne Brennan
- August Derleth
- Robert E. Howard: The magazine was the birthplace of Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane and Kull.
- Henry Kuttner
- Fritz Leiber
- Frank Belknap Long
- 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".
Works first published in the magazine that have their own pages on this wiki include:
- "The Call of Cthulhu"
- The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
- "The Dreams in the Witch House"
- "The Hounds of Tindalos"
- Jirel of Joiry series
- Kull series
- "The Night Wire"
- Northwest Smith series
- "Pickman's Model"
- "The Shunned House"
- Solomon Kane series
- "The Temple"
- "The Thought-Monster"
- "The Whisperer in Darkness"
Tropes associated with the magazine:
- Cosmic Horror Story: This is where the Cthulhu Mythos started and had what some call its most glorious run.
- 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.