Lightspeed is a rather new publication with a run of six issues, but, if I am to trust my first impressions, then it will grow a sizable following. It is marketed as an online magazine. The reader has the option to sample every single article of the issue for free on the website and then buy it as either Kindle or E-Pub format. Lightspeed shows incredible versatility by offering their fiction as podcasts as well. Published by World Fantasy Award-winner Sean Wallace and with John Joseph Adams as editor, Lightspeed is a professional market, interested in original fiction as well as reprints.
In the dark fantasy genre, the magazine Weird Tales holds a preeminent place. Founded in 1923, and supportive of talents as diverse as H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore, and Gene Wolfe, this magazine both encourages and reflects the modern suspicion that the universe is pretty weird.