Artist Jon Arfstrom (b.1928) died on December 2. Arfstrom is believed to have been the last of the classic Weird Tales cover artists to be alive. He began contributing covers to fanzines in the 1940s and collaborated at the time with Jack Gaughan. His work appeared on the cover of Weird Tales beginning in 1951 until the magazine folded in 1954. He came out of retirement in the 1990s to do covers for Haffner Press, Fedogan & Bremer, and Tales of the Unanticipated.
The second post-relaunch issue of Weird Tales with a Fairy Tale theme and fiction by Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, and Tanith Lee is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 12. The issue also includes interviews with Elizabeth Bear, Ramsey Campbell, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson.
Shortly after new Weird Tales editor Marvin Kaye announced that he would be publishing an extract from a self-published novel by Victoria Foyt that has been widely decried as racist, new Weird Tales publisher John Harlagher announced that the excerpt would not run in the magazine after all. Following Kaye’s original announcement, former editor Ann VanderMeer, who had been retained to edit and publish a story by a new author in each issue, severed her ties with the magazine.
Wildside Press has sold Weird Tales to Marvin Kaye. Kaye has elected to edit the magazine himself and the staff, including Hugo-winning editor Ann VanderMeer will not be retained. VanderMeer’s last issue will be #359 with subsequent issues edited by Kaye (and some will contain VanderMeer purchased stories).