The Fantasy Fan

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The Fantasy Fan, October 1934
The Fantasy Fan, October 1934

The Fantasy Fan was a fanzine by Charles D. Hornig published in the 1930's in Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Charles Hornig began The Fantasy Fan at seventeen and published his first issue in September 1933. It is regarded as the first fanzine in the weird fiction field. It featured articles, news, fiction, poetry and letters. Although it had a small print run of 300 copies, it attracted the premier fiction writers of the day - H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, Robert H. Barlow (Leaves), David H. Keller, and Robert E. Howard. These same contributors were also letter writers to the fanzine and frequently argued with one another in the section called "The Boiling Point". It also included a column entitled "Within the Circle" by F. Lee Baldwin (later editor of The Star Rover) that was devoted to their activities.

The Fantasy Fan also included contributions by Forrest Ackerman (editor of Imagination!), Lester Anderson, Fred Anger, Eando Binder, Lionel Dilbeck, August Derluth, Marianne Ferguson, Allen Glasser, J. Harvey Haggard, David H. Keller, Virginia Kidd, William Lumley, Eichard Ely Morse, Robert Nelson, Emil Petaja, Kenneth B. Pritchard, Duane Rimel, Richard F. Searight, P. J. Searles, Louis C. Smith, Bob Tucker (editor of Le Zombie), Natalie H. Wooley, and included news items on weird writing by Julius Schwartz and Mortimer Weininger (editors of The Time Traveller).

After 18 issues had been released, the last issue was published in February 1935. There was talk of reviving it, with Lovecraft as editor, but it did not come to pass.

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