Lore is a literary speculative fiction, fantasy and horror zine publishedby Rod Heather and Sean O'Leary.
Heather and O'Leary released the first issue of Lore in June 1995 from Middletown, New Jersey, U.S.A., and later Matawan, New Jersey. Nine issues appeared. Each issue was released in runs of 500 copies. Rod Heather was the editor.
Issue #1 included contributions from Ken Abner, Lawrence Barker, Harlan Ellison (Science Fantasy Bulletin), Andrew Kelly, Barbara Malenky, Brian McNaughton, Greg Messenger, and Ray Stevens. Poetry was from Joseph M. Shea, and Brandon W. Totman (Contortions).
Issue #2, from Autumn 1995, featured an editorial by Rod Heather, an article by Joe Martucci and Sean O'Leary, and contributions of fiction from Louise Dragon, Gerard Daniel Houarner, John McCabe, Christopher Morris, Fred Read, and Ellen Straw. Poetry was by Darrell Schweitzer. Bob Crouch began a mosaic in this issue that continued to issue 4. Cover art was by Charles S. Fallis.
Issue #3 included the beginning of a 'Round Robin' story, "The Challenge From Below", with the first installment by Robert M. Price (Crypt of Cthulhu, Cthulhu Codex, Midnight Shambler). Issue 3 also included an editorial by Rod Heather, and fiction by Donald Burleson, Tim Emswiler, Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire (Visions of Khroyd'hon, Old Bones, Midnight Fantasies), and Jeffrey Thomas. Poetry was by Danya D'Arcy (Literatia Macabre). Cover art was by Richard Corben.
Issue #4, Spring 1996, included an editorial by Rod Heather, and contributions of writing from Peter H. Cannon, writing Part 2 of "The Challenge From Below", as well as Mollie Burleson, Lawrence Barker, Reverend Daniel Clore, Tom Piccirilli (Epitaph), Wilum Pugmire, and Eric Schaller. Poetry was by Corrine DeWinter and John Grey. Cover art was by Roddy Williams.
Issue #5 saw the continuation of "The Challenge From Below" with a chapter by Donald Burleson, plus a collaboration by Peter H. Cannon and Robert M. Price, as well as an editorial by Rod Heather, and fiction by Daniel Clore and Suzanne Robinson. Poetry was by Mollie Burleson and Ann K. Schwader. Cover art was by Richard Corben.
Issue #6, 1996, included an editorial by Joseph Martucci, and contributions from Brian McNaughton, with the conclusion of "The Challenge From Below", and Rebecca Bates, Tony Cobb, Kendall Evans, William Scheinman, and Kirk Wagner. Poetry was by Linda D. Addison, and Mollie Burleson. Cover art was by Jamie Oberschlake.
Issue #7 included an editorial by Rod Heather, and fiction by Scott Dixon, Scott Evans, John Glasby, Robert Krawiec, Brian McNaughton, and Scott Thomas. Poetry was by K.S. Hardy. Cover art was by Wayne Miller.
Issue #8 featured an editorial by Sean O'Leary, and fiction by Richard Lee Byers, James S. Dorr, Brian Lumley, Brian McNaughton, and Patricia Russo. Poetry was by Julie Lynn Hayes, and Ann K. Schwader. Cover art was by Richard Corben.
Issue #9, 1998, included an editorial by Rod Heather, fiction by Thomas Brown, Earl Geier, Stefan Grabinski, translated by Miroslav Lipinski, Janet Hardison, William Laughlin, Elizabeth Massie, Wilum Pugmire, Patricia Russo, and poetry by John Grey and Wendy Rathbone. Cover art was by Thomas Brown.
The interior art work is by Richard Corben, Bob Crouch, Charles Fallis, Earl Geier, Allen Koszowski, Wayne Miller, Sherry Novembre, Jamie Oberschlake, Chris Pelletiere, Ricardo Santagata, Chad Savage, William Scheinman, Jeffrey Thomas, Kirk Wagner, Augie Wiedermann, and Roddy Williams.
In 2011, Heather and O'Leary revived Lore as a professional magazine and website.