New Releases--The Best of the Silver Web

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Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2003 - 12:14 pm:   

The Ministry of Whimsy will publish a Best of The Silver Web in early 2005, edited, of course, by Silver Web editor Ann Kennedy.

Begun in 1989 and still around today on an irregular publication schedule, Ann's magazine published surreal/literary cross-genre fantasy and horror long before the current wave of cross-genre experimentation.

Stories from the Web won the British Fantasy Award and a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Several have been reprinted in such year's bests as The Year's Best Fantastic Fiction, The Year's Best Fantasy (Hartwell and Cramer), and The Year's Best Horror Stories. Many of the stories in early issues have long been unavailable to readers, since all issues of SW except the last one have been sold out for years.

Ann has always had a knack for picking out new talent--several notable writers including Jeff VanderMeer, Daniel Abraham, Joel Lane, and Yvonne Navarro published early stories in the SW. Established writers such as Michael Bishop, Brian Stableford, and Brian Evenson have also contributed work to the magazine.

Nonfiction in SW has been superlative as well, featuring interviews with Jonathan Carroll and Jack Ketchum among others. Poetry from the magazine has won several awards, including the Rhysling.

Perhaps as importantly, SW established a reputation for publishing stunning art portfolios from the likes of H.E. Fassl, Harry O. Morris, Carlos Batts, Scott Eagle, Alan M. Clark, and others. The commitment to surreal art on both the sumptuous full-color covers and the interior spreads gained SW an art-lovers audience as well.

The contents list for this best-of will be posted as soon as it is available. In addition to the stories (and possibly some poetry), the book will include appreciations from various writers.

We at the Ministry are excited about publishing this best-of at least in part because the Ministry's direction, focus, and inspiration have been heavily influenced by the Silver Web. The Leviathan series has benefited greatly from the Silver Web, with authors and stories passing freely between the two at various times.

We are also excited about publishing this anthology because several amazing stories, long out of print, will once again reach the reading public--at just the right time. When SW was launched, the idea of cross-genre and of surreal fantasy didn't have much of a foot-hold on the public imagination. Although reviewers generally liked the magazine, it suffered from having to be pigeon-holed as "horror" or "fantasy", the true diversity of its approach never truly appreciated. Now, with not only Leviathan but Polyphony, Trampoline, Angel Body, and Conjunctions capturing reader attention, we feel this important predecessor will find its optimum audience.

"...of a quality practically unmatched anywhere in the world...wonderful, surreal, evocative, disturbing, fascinating, you name it."
- Interzone

For more information on the Web and its parent company, Buzzcity Press, visit:


-The Minister of Information

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