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Weird Tales Publisher Apologizes for Magazine’s Association with Controversial Novel

In an apology to readers, Weird Tales publisher John Harlacher said the magazine will not feature an excerpt from Victoria Foyt‘s controversial novel, Revealing Eden: Save The Pearls Part One.

Earlier this week, Weird Tales editor Marvin Kaye said the magazine would run an excerpt from the young adult novel that includes some ugly racial stereotypes. io9 wrote a long post collecting the raging debate surrounding the editor’s (now removed) defense of the novel. Here is an excerpt from Harlacher’s statement:

I have not read the novel, but have gone over its online presence today. I have no need to read it. I saw the blackface video and read the excerpts the author and publisher chose to make available. I must conclude that the use of the powerful symbols of white people forced to wear blackface to escape the sun, white women lusting after black “beast men,” the “pearls” and “coals,” etc., is goddamned ridiculous and offensive. It seems like the work of someone who does not understand the power of what she is playing with. Marvin says if you read the whole book, she explains her use of this imagery, and it ends up as a plea for tolerance. I say, so what. And that is the position of Weird Tales — and upon reviewing the video and other materials, Marvin is in full agreement. I deeply apologize to all who were offended by our association with this book. I am offended by it. I fully respect those who have been writing negative things about us today. You are correct.

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Ann VanderMeer & Current Staff Cut at Weird Tales

After five years as editor of Weird Tales, editor Ann VanderMeer has been dropped along with the current staff of the magazine. During her tenure, the magazine won a Hugo Award win and earned three more Hugo nominations.

Here’s more from VanderMeer: “I am very sad to have to tell you that my editorship at Weird Tales, which has included one Hugo Award win and three Hugo Award nominations, is about to come to an end. The publisher, John Betancourt of Wildside Press, is selling the magazine to Marvin Kaye. Kaye is buying the magazine because he wants to edit it himself. He will not be retaining the staff from my tenure. I wish him the best with the different direction he wants to pursue, including his first, Cthulhu-themed issue. The current issue of Weird Tales is #358, just published. My last issue will be #359, which Kaye plans to publish in February of next year. Other stories I bought will be published in various issues thereafter.”

VanderMeer will continue to work on the upcoming The Weird: A Compendium of Dark and Strange Stories and the Odd? anthology. (Via Sarah Weinman)