Weird Tales is the original magazine of dark fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. Founded in 1923, the pioneering publication introduced the world to such counter-culture icons as Cthulhu the alien monster god and Conan the Barbarian. Weird Tales is well known for launching the careers of great authors like H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, and Robert E. Howard, and its influence extends through countless areas of pop culture, from rock music and goth style to comic books and gaming. Stories include:
"Ripper" - William F. Nolan
"Sympathy for Dragons" - John Gregory Betancourt
"Shore of Night, Shore of Day" - Katrien Rutten
"Hearts and Minds" - Barbara Krasnoff
"Sacerdotal Owl" - Michael Bishop
"Ghost of Me" - Melinda Thielbar
"The Upper Berth" - F. Marion Crawford
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"WARNING: Description is Wrong"
Overall this isnt too bad, but I was a little disappointed because the description is completely wrong.
Only one of the stories listed is actually here. It does include The Ripper by William F. Nolan...But it does NOT contain these stories: Jack Williamson's Ghost Town, Darrell Schweitzer's The Most Beautiful Dead Woman in the World, Clark Ashton Smith's The Face by the River, Jack Ketchum's Returns, Fred Chappell's The Invading Spirit and E. Hoffmann Price's excellent Satan's Daughter (which is why I actually bought this in the first place).
Instead you get these:
Sympathy for Dragons by John Gregory Betancourt
Shore of Night Shore of Day by Katren Rutten
Hearts and Minds by Barbara Krasnoff
The Sacerdotal Owl By Michael Bishop
The Ghost of Me by Melinda Thiebler
Some of these are interesting and very weird. Wayne June's narration is always excellent. I especially liked Shore of Night, Shore Of Day which is more of a Dark Fantasy tale as opposed straight Horror, but it was very well done. It even has music and sound effects, which really brought the story to life.
Although I wish it had the other stories listed, still not bad and worth the money.
"Not so Weird"
There are seven stories total. The first story by Nolan is over an hour long. It is okay and has a cool twist at the end, but just too long by today's standards. My favorite was the second story written by John Gregory Betancourt, but it is very short. The stories were probably good in their time, but today's stories get to the point faster and are weirder.
I am a big fan of classic science fiction, but weird is suppose to surprise you and the good old weird has been redone over and over and improved. Monkey's Paw would be a good example of that. No doubt, that was scary weird when first written in the early 1900's, but the story has been rewritten, with different spins put on it so, many times that the original no longer seems weird and you know what is going to happen before it does. The Willows by Blackman is a weird story that stands the test of time because of the beautiful way it is written and how Blackman puts you the reader into the Willows. I did not find any of these stories to be that well written.
"A fun visit to the pulp magazines of the 50’s"
Classic escapist fiction
An entertaining collection of tales from the magazine that started so many of the masters.
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