The news came in yesterday that venerable American magazine Weird Tales, most recently edited by Ann VanderMeer, under whose editorship it had won a Hugo Award and been nominated for three, is to be sold off. Publisher John Betancourt of Wildside Press is said to be selling the magazine to Marvin Kaye, a 73 year old writer, who wishes to edit it himself. The current Weird Tales staff – including VanderMeer, Stephen H. Segal, Mary Robinette Kowal and Paula Guran – will not be retained.
The news broke unexpectedly as the new owner apparently attempted to solicit writers on their public Facebook walls, perhaps not realising their public nature, thereby revealing the news. VanderMeer has since published a farewall letter. As Nick Mamatas reports, the Weird Tales brand is apparently owned by Viacom, not Wildside, which adds to the confusion.
Under Ann VanderMeer’s editorship, Weird Tales has published an international issue in 2009, including stories from Zoran Živković , Nir Yaniv, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Juraj Cervenak and Chiles Samaniego. It had also enabled electronic submissions for the first time.
Plans for the new incarnations are uncertain, though Kaye is apparently planning an HP Lovecraft-themed issue for his debut.