USciences Prof's Book Recognition Not a Weird Tale

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

Weird Tales BookHow scary is this? Associate Professor and Writing Programs Director Dr. Justin Everett was nominated for The Bram Stoker Awards for his book "The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror" (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). Everett and co-editor Jeffrey H. Shanks, who is an archaeologist with the National Park Service, were nominated in the Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction category.

According to Everett, Weird Tales was a pulp fiction magazine published between 1923 and 1952 known for its lurid blend of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Like its counterparts Amazing Stories and Astounding Stories (which is still published today under the title Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact), Weird Tales played a part in the evolution of the genres known today as science fiction and fantasy. It was particularly important for gestating the work of H. P. Lovecraft, creator of the sub-genre of “weird fiction,” which blends elements of science fiction, fantasy, and horror; Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian; Catherine L. Moore, one of the first significant female science fiction writers; Ray Bradbury; and even published Tennessee Williams’ first story.

"In The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror, Justin Everett and Jeffrey Shanks have assembled an impressive collection of essays that explore many of the themes critical to understanding the importance of the  magazine. This multi-disciplinary collection from a wide array of scholars looks at how Weird Tales served as a locus of genre formation and literary discourse community. There are also chapters devoted to individual authors—including Lovecraft, Howard, and Bloch—and their particular contributions to the magazine." - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Justin EverettThe Bram Stoker Awards are given by the Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy.

Everett (at left), who created the Pulp Studies area for the Popular Culture Association and currently serve as co-chair, and Shanks will find out the results when the awards are presented at the inaugural StokerCon in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 14, 2016.

The book is available on Amazon.

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