Fantasy Fan, The
- Fan magazine edited by Charles D.Hornig; typeset and printed by Conrad Ruppert (September 1933– February 1935).The Fantasy Fanwas the first fan magazine in the weird fiction field. Charles D.Hornig of Elizabeth, N.J., at the age of seventeen, founded it and managed to keep it going for eighteen monthly issues, even though the circulation was never very large (its print run probably did not exceed 300, and it had only sixty subscribers). Right from the start, however, Hornig sought to secure the most prestigious weird and science fiction authors he could, and HPL not only sent Hornig numerous contributions of his own but encouraged his colleagues—Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E.Howard, even the resolutely professional August Derleth—to submit to the magazine stories and articles that had been rejected elsewhere. The Fantasy Fanwas, accordingly, an interesting mix of news, articles, stories, poems, and miscellany. Hornig, however, made an error in initiating a column of controversy entitled “The Boiling Point,” which quickly led to acrimonious letter exchanges between HPL, Forrest J.Ackerman, Clark Ashton Smith, and numerous others; the column was terminated with the February 1934 issue.Perhaps Hornig’s greatest accomplishment was the serialization of the revised version of HPL’s “Supernatural Horror in Literature” (October 1933– February 1935). However, the serialization proceeded at such a slow place that it reached only the middle of Chapter VIII before the magazine folded. The Fantasy Fanalso saw the first publication of HPL’s stories, “The Other Gods” (November 1933) and “From Beyond” (June 1934), as well as reprints (from amateur papers) of “Polaris” (February 1934) and “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” (October 1934); it also published “The Book” (October 1934), “Pursuit” (October 1934), “The Key” (January 1935), and “Homecoming” (January 1935) from Fungi from Yuggoth. Brief excerpts of HPL’s letters to Hornig appeared regularly in the magazine’s letter column. The October 1934 issue was dedicated to HPL.After the demise of The Fantasy Fan,numerous attempts were made to revive or succeed it, but no magazine truly filled its place as a news organ, a forum for the expression of fans’ views, and a venue for work by distinguished writers in the field.
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