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Author Topic: Wicked Karnival magazine shutting down  (Read 3112 times)
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« on: September 25, 2006, 07:16:57 PM »

Well, looks like another small press mag closing down.  After WK #7, there will be no more magazine.  Brian Yount gave his reasons as being the circulation sticking at around 50 per issue and not showing signs of growing, plus the cost of running it. 

Seems a shame, but it is understandable.  I get the feeling things have to evolve or die, and there's no middle ground in the long term.  Apparently they'll still use the WK name for athologies and stuff, so it's not completely dead.
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2006, 09:14:22 PM »

Tis hard to keep the little ones alive.  undecided Too bad. Glad to hear they'll still do anthologies.
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2006, 09:36:40 PM »

They're also doing another magazine that's more about horror in general with only a few stories per issue.  More interviews and reviews than were in WK.  That's the opposite direction from what I'd want to do as a magazine, but I'm not the one paying the bills.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2006, 03:22:29 AM »

Yes - same here.  They're only going to use three stories per issue and, TBH, I think it's a bit of a gamble.  Although it takes a lot of the cost out of magazine production, I think it's also a lot of the reason people buy magazines at this level - I expect a lot of the subscribers are authors who want to see their own stories in print.

Whichever format they go with, it's a lot of work for very little return, so I wish them the best of luck, because they're clearly in it for the love of the genre, rather than the money.
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2006, 04:37:51 PM »

I agree that they're clearly not in it just for the money.

It's sad that they're getting away from fiction.  I've never read any  magazine, from APEX to City Slab to Analog to Cemetery Dance, and found myself wishing for more interviews or more reviews; they're cutting back on what I want to read and adding what I tend to ignore my first time through a magazine.

((shrug))  Oh comma well.  As I said before, I'm not the one losing money on putting the magazine together.
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