February 8th, 2010

Summary: Weird Tales, 2009

Summary: Weird Tales, 2009

Weird Tales had a great year in 2008, culminating with the Hugo for Best Semiprozine (awarded in 2009). In 2009 things didn't go quite as smoothly, as only two issues appeared. The two issues featured 12 stories total (1 novelette, 11 shorts (2 of those short-shorts)). A total of perhaps 47,000 words.

From the Spring issue I liked "The Garbacologist" by Jeff Johnson, very odd -- or I should say "weird" -- stuff about people collected strange garbage, and some sinister rabbits ...; and also Hunter Eden's "Selected Views of Mt. Fuji, With Dinosaurs", which is about samurai and dinosaurs ... what's not to like. From Fall my favorite, against my expectations, was "Twisted", by Kevin Veale. It's a zombie story, and I hate zombies, but it's decidedly different, and funny, and, yes, weird. Other nice work came from Jeffrey Ford and Zdravka Evtimova.

I called 2 of this year's stories SF (17%). 2 also were by women.