The Weird Tales Boys

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The Men Who Made Weird Tales Weird


When the history of fantasy and horror fiction is being discussed, the pulp magazine Weird Tales is inevitably mentioned.

Originally selling for just twenty-five cents on news-stands, and printed on low-grade ‘pulp’ paper, Weird Tales was the first magazine devoted exclusively to weird and fantastic fiction.

The three most important and influential writers to have their work published in the pages of ‘The Unique Magazine’ were Rhode Island horror writer H.P. Lovecraft; the Texan creator of Conon the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard; and the California poet, short story writer, illustrator and sculptor, Clark Ashton Smith.

In The Weird Tales Boys, award-winning writer and editor Stephen Jones explores the relationship between this trio of - in many ways flawed - friends, and how their work and lives became not just entwined with each other, but also with so many other authors and publishers of the period.

The legacy of these writers - Lovecraft, Howard and Smith - and the periodical in which their work appeared still has a profound influence on horror and fantasy fiction after more than a century, as the ‘Weird Tales Boys’ continue to cast their long, talented and sometimes controversial shadows over the genre today.

This is their story . . .

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ PS Publishing (September 1, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 253 pages
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.54 x 0.83 x 5.39 inches


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Matthew Johnson
    Absolute delight- The view from across the pond.

    This book was an absolute delight. It is refreshing to see the view from across the pond- a young kid trying to collect Lovecraft in England! (The constant placement of English coin value of a pulp or an auction item is a wry example.
    The book methodically covers the influence and legacy the three authors the book is dedicated to- Lovecraft, Smith and Howard- had on Weird Tales- obviously a two way street. The author reviews all three authors' life-situations that produced their unique ability to create the universes we all love. My only criticisms here would be that the underlying basis of asexuality or deeply buried homosexuality is completely ignored in both Howards' and Lovecraft's bios. (I mean the suicide of Howard a day before his mothers' death is an interesting void. And of course the ubiquitous Robert E. Barlow is ignored completely.) I am not advocating a re-write of history, but it would be nice to examine the overall psychological impact any of these possible or extant circumstances may have had on the authors' social, mental, communal and ideological make-up. Smith gets a pass on this as he apparently was happily married his whole life.
    Jones makes a through survey of any and all perturbations of the authors' creative output and enduring legacy in film, radio, comics and games. The list is so utterly complete that it made me go to AMAZON and eBay the minute I was done to confirm the availability of any oddities.
    Mr. Jones' style and obvious skill made me seek out his other books in the weird and horror realm. I am glad for that. So while the book added little to the overall history, it is an admirable collection with the three authors' in the crosshairs. A new initiate will find a treasure of information.

    Jeremy L
    Them weird boys

    If your into all the fun these three wrote then I dare say you will like this book. It has all sorts of goodies about these three exceptional writers. I'm actually a really big fan of what they wrote and love this book.