Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

US small-press Magazine, Spring 1987-current, digest format until #14 (1991) and thereafter large-format, currently published by Malicious Press, Greensboro, North Carolina; ed Stephen Mark Rainey (1959-    ).

Initially subtitled The Gate Where Horror Begins, later The Land Where Horror Dwells, D publishes mostly Horror fiction, both psychological and supernatural, and occasionally physical, though not to the extremes of Splatterpunk. Initially D made some attempts to bridge the gap between the followers of H P Lovecraft's fiction and more recent free-form horror. In early issues its fannish origins were still evident, although with glorious exceptions like the bibliophobic "The Encyclopedia for Boys" by Jeffrey Osier (1954-    ) in #1. By #8 (1989) D was placing greater emphasis on nightmares and paranoia, the stories exploring the tensions of the mind with the world around, remaining true to the Lovecraftian roots while exposing itself to modern horrors. The change to larger format allowed better presentation of artwork, especially that by Alan Clark. The switch to a new publisher, Tal Publications, with issue #18 (Summer 1993), saw imposed a regime of more graphic horror, and it has only been since the move to a third publisher, Lawrence Watt-Evans's Malicious Press, from #23 (Spring 1995), that D has been able to shift to the occasional subtle horror, as it attracted more work by professional writers including Ramsey Campbell, William F Nolan, Karl Edward Wagner and Manly Wade Wellman, as well as material by Douglas Clegg (1958-    ), Ian McDowell (1958-    ), Robert M Price (1954-    ) and Jessica Amanda Salmonson. [MA]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.