Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Fantasy Magazine

US digest Magazine, 4 issues, bimonthly (but dated February/March, June, August, November 1953), published by Future Publications, New York; ed Lester del Rey (last issue under house name Cameron Hall). Although issues after #1 were titled Fantasy Fiction, the magazine is always remembered as FM, partly so as not to confuse it with an earlier Fantasy Fiction (2 issues May-November 1950, #2 retitled Fantasy Stories).

FM was like Beyond though, with the inclusion of Heroic Fantasy, less sophisticated. The presence of L Sprague de Camp (with two Conan revisions and, with Fletcher Pratt, a Harold Shea novella) also forged links with Weird Tales and Unknown. Contributors included Algis Budrys (1931-    ), Philip K Dick (1928-1982), Randall Garrett, Harry Harrison (1925-2012), Robert Sheckley (1928-2005), Clark Ashton Smith and John Wyndham (1903-1969), with fiction that at times resembled Slick Fantasy. All covers were by Hannes Bok, adding to the value of the magazine. It folded due to the fickleness of its publisher. Del Rey sought to recapture the essence of the magazine in Worlds of Fantasy, but with less success. [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.