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Carla Stevens
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 09:05 pm:   

Hi Ellen,

I figured you would be the best person to ask about this:

After reading mostly SF for the last few years, I've found myself becoming more interested in the horror genre. What are the best magazines and webzines for good horror and/or dark fiction? If you had to pick, say, a Top 5 or 10, what would they be?

Thanks!
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EDatlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 12:15 pm:   

Hi Carla,
Off hand I'd say (not in any order)
All Hallows (you have to join the Ghost Story Society for this one)
Cemetery Dance
CrimeWave and TTA (the latter may be changing its name) both edited by Andy Cox, who has taken over Interzone. --UK
Chizine
F&SF often has a lot of dark stories
Weird Tales (usually not dark enough for me)
Eidolon (but not sure it's still publishing) --Australia
Some decent stories on Horrorfind

If you read the YBFH I usually mention the ones that I think have the best horror over the year.
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StephenB
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 04:58 pm:   

I think someone should publish a professional print horror oriented magazine. It could contain dark fantasy, suspense, and horrific SF, along with supernatural and fantastic horror. Does anyone think this may happen in the future?
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EDatlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 05:10 pm:   

it's always been a tough sell. Cemetery Dance might be the closest. TTA plans to get darker.
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Liam Rands
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 06:28 pm:   

Eidolon is now defunct in Australia. Aurealis is still going strong [new Editors have just taken over the reins] It has had some decent horror stories in the past. Also a decent paying market.
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EDatlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 07:57 pm:   

Liam, I'm sorry to hear that but not surprised. I found some really good horror stories in it.

Yes, Aurealis does occasionally have horror stories. Paying decently is definitely a plus as well :-)
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D
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 01:14 am:   

You're very welcome to come and have a look at Whispers of Wickedness www.ookami.co.uk Dark fiction more than blood-and-guts horror, and not the top end of the market by any means, but a fun place to be, with website, print zine, chapbooks and active forums.
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 02:08 am:   

I don't think you actually have to join the Ghost Story Society to submit to All Hallows (though it probably helps, of course). I seem to recall being published there before I was a member, though that was quite a few years ago...
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Carla Stevens
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 03:17 am:   

Oh, I'm not interested in submitting; I'm just looking for some good stuff to read. Thanks for the responses, everyone!
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Eugie Foster
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 07:38 am:   

H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror (new sister mag to Weird Tales), I believe might be trying to fill that "darker" niche.
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des
Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2004 - 07:41 am:   

'Nemonymous' fiction print journal is dedicated to the cause of the Horror/Dark Fantasy core by means of a free-wheeling eclectic approach to The Ominous Imagination.
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 06:24 am:   

I definitely recommend Nemonymous, All Hallows and TTA as three good examples of three sides of the horror/dark fantasy world (I'm not sure how many sides this world does have...)

Nemonymous publishes unsettling fiction that (generally) has at least one foot in the horror world and most of the other foot in the literary mainstream... All Hallows is a great place for old fashioned traditional style gothic literature... TTA is the finest place for modern edgy urban sodium lamplit inner space work -- a sort of New Worlds for the 21st Century.
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datlow
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 07:16 am:   

Also, of course, we publish some horror fiction on SCIFICTION.
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Liam Rands
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 05:09 pm:   

Another excellent source for dark stuff is the Borderlands anthology by Elizabeth and Thomas Monteleone.

I'm still having flashbacks from the tickle torture story...
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Carla Stevens
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 06:08 pm:   

Strangely enough, I just happened across that Borderlands anthology in Wal-Mart today. Looks like pretty good stuff . . .

And thanks again for the recommendations, everybody! I didn't realize there was this much good horror out there!
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datlow
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 06:57 pm:   

Liam,
That was the one story I took for YBFH #17 from that volume.
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Liam Rands
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 03:39 pm:   

Ellen,
I'm not surprised that story made it into YBFH # 17. What a creepy read. Loved it!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 2004 - 06:02 pm:   

I would also have taken "The Goat" but I aleady had far too many stories about children in the book and Borderlands came out so late in the year it was at a distince disadvantange.
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Luke
Posted on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 08:38 am:   

Oh yes, I loved the Borderlands series. Foet, one of my favorite stories ever.

And the one with the puppet strings. Oh man.

I believe Borderlands Books in SF was, in part, named for the series. I love Borderlands books as well.

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