Finally a piece of good news in the magazine market.  Realms of Fantasy is not closing after all.  The latest announcement is that it has been bought by Warren Lapine at Tir Na Nog Press .
It's great to hear that this good mag is still in business.  Let's hope it continues...


With F&SF going bi-monthly recently, times are clearly hard but I'm pretty  surprised at the way this has been done, assuming that ->this<- is an accurate report.

It feels like the owners were looking for an excuse to pull the plug, particularly as they've gone public before even telling Shawna, which I think is a particularly poor way to treat an employee.

I'm also surprised that considering subscriptions were good and advertising presumably still reasonable they didn't go into hiatus, poll subscribers and go e-zine.  I wouldn't be surprised if someone buys the title and doeas just that.
You can always hope!


New Hampshire Authors Launch Publishing Company.
Rochester, NH -
New Hampshire authors Rick DeCost and Bob Griffin are proud to announce the launch of their publishing company and its online presence. Absent Willow Publishing LLC is an independent book publisher that will provide its readers with high quality stories of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Its online efforts include The Absent Willow Review.

The Absent Willow Review plans to publish fictional stories in the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genre while allowing its readers access to the magazine anywhere in the world. Additionally, the Absent Willow Review will publish paperback anthologies from their collected works.

"We¹re huge fans of the genres we publish," remarked Griffin. "We started this company to find greats works of fiction and to locate the next generation of great writers."

With its online magazine spotlighting new works and its print publications soon to be available through and other retailers, the Company is planning ! to renew interest in short works of fiction. "For new and established authors of short fiction in the horror or fantasy vein, the market is light," DeCost added. "We are hoping to change that." Absent Willow Publishing LLC is located in Rochester,

NH USA MEDIA CONTACT: Rick Decost & Bob Griffin
Absent Willow Publishing LLC
PO Box 66
Rochester, NH 03866


It was nice to see my first book review published in Hub magazine - Robert Buettner's 'Orphanage'.  I've another one I need to write, and then have Charles Stross's 'Halted State' to follow.  Watch this space - or  rather Hub's space.

This year I achieved another first - having a single story rejected twice by one magazine.  I submitted the story back in October last year, queried early this year to no effect, queried the query and got a rather terse response saying they no longer had the story and I should therefore assume rejection.  Author retreats, mildly miffed, only to receive a mailed rejection in August for the same story, using my pre-paid and addressed envelope enclosed with the original submission.  Author responds with a gay heart  thanking the editors and commenting they must have really hated it to reject it twice, though in fact more than a little disappointed by this behaviour from a pro-rate market.
My next submission is rejected within seven days.  Result!


Jetse De Vries has resigned as co-Editor at Interzone, saying he is 'unhappy with the direction and tone the fiction in Interzone will be taking.'
As one of the great survivors Interzone has been through various incarnations and reading between the lines seems to be heading for another one.  I've been told Jetse was the hard SF man at Interzone, so it looks like we'll be seeing a style change away from that genre.  Whatever happens, I'm sure Interzone will survive, and thrive.