Fantasy Macabre

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Fantasy Macabre was a literary zine devoted to fantasy and terror fiction.

The first issue of Fantasy Macabre appeared in 1980. The first two issues were published by Dave Reeder in London, UK. Richard Fawcet took over publishing duties with issue 3, released in 1982 in Uncasville, Connecticut, U.S.A., although Dave Reeder remained editor. Starting in 1985 with issue #5, the editor of Fantasy Macabre was Jessica Amanda Salmonson, continuing until the last issue, #17, released in 1996. The subtitle for this period was "Beauty plus Strangeness equals Terror".

Contributors included Mary Ann Ellen (aka Rosemary Pardoe) (Ghosts & Scholars, Wark), Robin Ansell, Allen Ashley, Ruth Berman (SH - sf Fanthology), Michael Bishop, Michael Bracken, John Bradley, Joseph Payne Brennan (Essence, Macabre), Michael Bullock, Mary Elizabeth Counselman, David Cowperthwaite (Dark Dreams, Transactions of the Doppelganger Society), Colleen Drippe, Denise Dumars, Jules Remedios Faye, Grant Fjermedal, Janet Fox (Scavenger's Newsletter), James Grandillo, Charles L. Grant, Stephen Gresham, Richard L. Hansen, James B. Hemesath, K. Huebner, Stephen Jones, Phyllis Ann Karr (The Literary Magazine of Fantasy and Terror), Marvin Kaye, Joel Lane, Tanith Lee, D.F. Lewis, Thomas Ligotti, Jane Mickelson, Tony Patrick, Wilum Pugmire (Queer Madness), Carol Reid, Michael Nicholas Richards, Davide A. Riley, Archie N. Roy, Delia Sherman, Steve Rasnic Tem (Umbral), Peter Tremayne, Scott H. Urban (Frisson), Bobby G. Warner, Susan Lilas Wiggs, Billy Wolfenbarger, and Karen Young.

Also included were translations of European authors such as Erckmann-Chatrian, translated by Phyllis Ann Karr; Gaston Danville translated by Thomas Ligotti; Judith Gautier, translated by Ruth Berman; Gustav Meyrink, translated by Michael Bullock, and Jan Weiss, translated by Cyril Simsa.

As well, reprints of work from the 'Golden Age' of fanzines appeared, by authors such as Edith Ogutsch, Frank Belknap Long, Lilith Lorraine (Challenge, Different, Flame), Dorothy Quick, and others, and artists such as Carlo Beuf.

Cover artists included Dave Carson, Emmanuel, Lawrence Housman, D.L. Hutchinson, Allen Lewis, Denis Tiani, and Wendy Wees, among others, with illustrations by Alan Hunter, Steve Jones, Allen Koszowski, Russ Nicholson, Dave Reeder, Hudson Shaw, and Leslie Skingle.