It’s with deep regret that I announce the closing of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. The January issue will be our final regular issue and the People of Color Take Over issue will be our final issue. I’m really proud of the body of work that we produced at Fantastic. There are a number of reasons that now is the timefor me to close the webzine. According to my projection, it’ll take more than five years for Fantastic to become self sustaining, and I simply don’t feel that that is a reasonable time frame.
I had planned to stick it out another year, but my personal life has made that much more difficult. Last month my daughter’s house burned down and she and her family are staying with us while we try to sort everything out with an insurance company that doesn’t want to pay; and this month my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Right now, I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread. In addition to Fantastic Stories, I also run Wilder Publications, which turns a profit and has a number of employees and contract workers. I’m faced with the reality that I need to trim something out of my life, and Fantastic Stories makes the most sense.
I want to thank all of the writers who’ve supported us with their work. If anyone out there is looking for a columnist, let me recommend all of mine. Each one of them has been a joy to work with. They all deliver on time and are incredibly easy to work with. And I’d especially like to thank Robert Davis and Jay O’Connell, who both went above and beyond; this magazine was as much theirs as it was mine.
For those of you who are owed portions of an electronic subscription. Your subscription will be filled with electronic copies of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and The Cascadia Subduction Zone. That means you’ll be getting two magazines for every one we owe you.
I will continue to be involved with genre fiction through Wilder Publications’ Positronic book line, so you can expect to hear calls for submissions from me from time to time, for the various anthologies I’ll be editing.