Weird Tales - July 2005
by Darrell Schweitzer
DNA Publications Zine ISBN/ITEM#: 0898-5073
Date: July 2005 /
Weird Tales - July 2005 - ISSN 0898-5073, Editor: Darrell Schweitzer
I have not reviewed Weird Tales previously but I am going to start now. This is a quarterly magazine and the most current issue that I could purchase at PhilCon was the July 2005 issue. I was told a new one will be published shortly. When I get a copy of that, I'll review the stories in it, too. I will put off reviewing the serialized story "Ripper!" until then.
It's always wonderful to read something from science fiction's national treasure, Jack Williamson. He, once again, shows us he can write a spooky little tale, not just "hard" science fiction. In this story, a man and his fiancée arrive in her hometown at Christmas to be married in her parent's living room. They find everything dark and the people comatose. Williamson gives us a nice little tale about combating this phenomena. We are told that "The Most Beautiful Dead Woman In The World" by Darrell Schweitzer was first printed in Interzone but it must have been a while back. Schweitzer introduces us to an odd little town in which people routinely accept dead bodies into their homes. One exceptionally beautiful corpse makes trouble for one of the town's inhabitants.
It is no surprise that "The Face By The River" by Clark Ashton Smith is more than 50 years old but it has only been reprinted in a small Clark fanzine, so it is, for all intents and purposes, new. Smith was known for his dark fantasies and this is no exception. A man murders a woman and throws her into a river, but that is only the beginning of this chilling little tale. In "Returns" by Jack Ketchum, a man dies and his ghost haunts his survivors. But the reason is very unusual. Rounding out the fiction in this issue is "The Invading Spirit" by Fred Chappell. This is a nasty story about two children with overactive imaginations. Claudia convinces her little brother that their grandmother must be protected from an Invading Spirit. What starts as a child's game turns deadly.
At least as far as this issue goes, this version of Weird Tales is a worthy successor to the original magazine and is well worth buying.
(Source: DNA Publications)