Weird Tales is an American fantasy and horror fiction pulp magazine
founded by J. C. Henneberger and J. M. Lansinger in March 1923. The
first editor, Edwin Baird, printed early work by H. P. Lovecraft,
Seabury Quinn, and Clark Ashton Smith, all of whom would go on to be
popular writers. Under its second editor, Farnsworth Wright, its fiction
included Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos stories, some of Robert E. Howard’s
Conan the Barbarian stories, and Seabury Quinn’s series about Jules de
Grandin, a detective who specialized in the supernatural. When the
magazine was launched there were none specializing in science fiction,
and Wright included stories in that genre by Edmond Hamilton and others.
After William Delaney took over as publisher, replacing Wright with
Dorothy McIlwraith as editor in 1940, some successful new authors and
artists, such as Ray Bradbury and Hannes Bok, continued to appear, but
the magazine ceased publication in 1954. It was relaunched many times,
including for one run of over 20 years that started in 1988. The
magazine is regarded by historians of fantasy as one of the most
influential in the genre.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
War of the Austrian Succession: The French victory in the
Battle of Melle enabled their subsequent capture of Ghent.
The inaugural Wimbledon Championship, the world’s oldest tennis
Queen Victoria gave her royal assent to an Act of the
Parliament of the United Kingdom, ratifying the Constitution of
Nitrate film being stored in a 20th Century Fox facility
spontaneously combusted, destroying more than 40,000 reels of negatives
and film prints.
Sri Lankan Civil War: After having advised civilians to take
shelter in places of worship, the Sri Lanka Air Force bombed a church in
Navaly, killing at least 125 people.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
on like Donkey Kong:
(chiefly US) An intensifier used in the same contexts as it’s on, go
on, and other expressions using the word on, but to express greater
Wikiquote quote of the day:
In the time of the First Manifestation the Primal Will appeared in
Adam; in the day of Noah It became known in Noah; in the day of Abraham
in Him; and so in the day of Moses; the day of Jesus; the day of
Muḥammad, the Apostle of God; the day of the ‘Point of the
Bayán’; the day of Him Whom God shall make manifest; and the day of
the One Who will appear after Him Whom God shall make manifest. Hence
the inner meaning of the words uttered by the Apostle of God, “I am all
the Prophets”, inasmuch as what shineth resplendent in each one of Them
hath been and will ever remain the one and the same sun.
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