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Skelos - The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy (Volume 1) Paperback – May 26, 2016
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"How nice to once more hold in my hands a thick, meaty magazine in print form. The new Skelos Journal makes a solid debut on the scene, and I'm happy to know that more issues are to come. If the editors can keep up the quality of issue #1, we fans of pulp and fantasy fiction will have something to be proud of." - Razored Zen
"It's always exciting to hear about the launch of a new fantasy magazine -- and it's especially exciting when it's as promising as Skelos, a new journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy." - Black Gate
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Also worthy of note are the amazing illustrations that grace Skelos's pages. I really hope this journal continues to be released for decades to come. There is certainly a market for this kind of writing, one that is no longer being catered to in magazine form. I was lucky enough to get a lifetime subscription when this was launched via Kickstarter. At the very least, I know that issues #2 and #3 have already been designed, planned and booked with their stories, poetry, articles and illustrations, and solicitations for material for #4 have gone out recently. This bodes well, with issues already being spoken of to cover an entire year. My only complaint is that this isn't monthly!
So before even getting into the contents and quality of this title, we have to tip our pulp fedora to the Herculean efforts of editors Finn, Gruber and Shanks. They have achieved something truly special and much needed in the world of literature today. “Skelos 1” is brimming with creepy, frightening tales of various lengths, all guaranteed to produce nightmares in unsuspecting readers. While peppered amongst all this excellent fiction are several critical essays examining such topics as Robert E. Howard’s world building to the comparison of H.P. Lovecraft with Welsh writer Arthur Machen.
These scholarly pieces may not be for the average pulp readers, but for those devoted to the genres, they provide intriguing insights to their respective subjects. And if that wasn’t enough, the magazine also features fantasy poetry, something unseen since the early days of the pulps. Add to this evocative artwork and deft design work and the reader comes away holding on to a true pulp treasure. In fact, after reading issue # 1 from cover to cover, this reviewer can easily imagine how long ago fans of Weird Tales must have felt when it first appeared on the scene. Like that august title, “Skelos” offers up unlimited potential and could prove to be welcome platform in discovering new creators with a genuine talent for the macabre. “The Yellow Death” by David Hardy was our personal favorite in this collection. Still, in the end, the title’s greatest challenge will be building a supportive, loyal audience.
For now, they’ve taken a huge, successful first step. Here’s hoping issue # 2 is not too far on the horizon.