The Roots of Horror Magazine Culture? Before Weird Tales, Visit Der Orchideengarten; Proof Copy Sent Back for Flightless Rats

This came to me Monday afternoon via Robert Dunbar on Facebook’s LITERARY DARKNESS, an interesting, grotesque, and in its way beautiful piece by Josh Jones from OPENCULTURE.COM.  Titled  “Discover the First Horror & Fantasy Magazine, DER ORCHIDEENGARTEN, and Its Bizarre Artwork (1919-1921),” the article describes and offers examples from a German precursor to even America’s venerable WEIRD TALES (first issue March 1923), its title translated as THE GARDEN OF ORCHIDS.  To quote the article’s third paragraph, “[t]he magazine featured04-Der-Orchideengarten-1919-German-magazine-cover_900 work from its editors Karl Hans Strobl and Alfons von Czibulka, from better-known contemporaries like H.G. Wells and Karel Capek, and from forefathers like Dickens, Pushkin, Guy de Maupassant, Poe, Voltaire, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and others.  ‘Although two issues of Der Orchideengarten were devoted to detective stories,’ writes 50 Watts, ‘and one to erotic stories about cuckolds, it was a genuine fantasy magazine.’  And it was also a gallery of bizarre and unusual artwork.”

To see it all for oneself, why not press here (and also be sure to check out the links in the piece itself, including the “Related Content” down at the bottom)?

Yesterday also brought a missive from Alexandra Christian, to wit:  “Here is the very limited edit on your flash story.  I just wanted to make sure it was all good before it went out to the formatter.”  And so the writing life continues, the very few changes checked out this morning with my reply just sent back.  This is for the Mocha Memoirs Press chapbook that will include my New Orleanian “casket girls” tale of “Flightless Rats” (cf. June 8, et al.), as one of ten stories that placed in their last February’s Women in Horror Month flash fiction contest.  More on this to be announced when it happens.


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