Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Night Cry

US digest Magazine, 11 issues, quarterly, Winter 1984-Fall 1987, published by Montcalm Publishing, New York; #1-#2 ed T E D Klein, then ed Alan Rodgers (1959-    ).

NC began as a digest reprinting from Rod Serling's the Twilight Zone Magazine, but when its newsstand sales outstripped those of its parent it became a magazine in its own right, concentrating on fiction plus a few associated author profiles, but eschewing the movie coverage and features of its parent. During its brief life NC became the focus of American Gothic, especially Urban Fantasy. It took the basic premise of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone and set it in the modern City. Although never bending to the excesses of Splatterpunk, NC allowed the exponents of that subgenre to explore the terrors of our society in a controlled fashion. The result was some of the best of the early work of G L Raisor, David J Schow (1955-    ), John Skipp (1957-    ) and Craig Spector (1958-    ), plus equally powerful works from Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Dean Koontz, Richard Christian Matheson and J N Williamson. The magazine's endeavours to disturb and dislocate were admirably enhanced by the artwork of J K Potter (1956-    ). NC relied wholly on newsstand sales; when in 1987 these dropped by over half the magazine was discontinued. NC stands out as the leading magazine of mid-1980s modern Horror. [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.