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Mon, Dec 30th - 6:54AM

The Rats in the Walls
Weird Tales, March 1924
The American fantasy fiction and horror pulp magazine Weird Tales was first published in March of 1923. It was famed as the magazine showcasing the works of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.

The first issues were 96 pages and measured 9" x 12". The March, 1924 issue's cover story is the 4 page story entitled "The Spirit Fakers of Hermannstadt - An Amazing Adventure of Houdini" by Harry Houdini and subtitled on the cover "The Most Miraculous True Story Ever Written". The cover is designed to look like the famous pose of Houdini in chains.

The issue also contains one of the most well-known Lovecraft stories, The Rats in the Walls by H. P. Lovecraft. The story was initially rejected by Argosy All-Story Weekly; Lovecraft claimed that the magazine found it "too horrible for the tender sensibilities of a delicately nurtured publick". Weird Tales Publisher JC Henneberger, described the story in a note to Lovecraft as the best his magazine had ever received.

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Tue, Dec 24th - 4:52AM

Shadows in Zamboula
Weird Tales Magazine November 1935
The November 1935 issue of Weird Tales cover is by Margaret Brundage (1900-1976). Her first cover appeared on the September 1932 issue; she created covers for 39 straight issues from June 1933 to August 1936.

The cover story was Shadows in Zamboula, one of the original short stories about Conan the Barbarian written by Robert E. Howard.

This cover was too provocative for some news stands and came in a censored version.

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Wed, Dec 18th - 6:14PM

The Devil in Iron
Weird Tales Magazine August 1934
The cover story of Weird Tales August 1934 (Volume 24, Issue 2) is The Devil in Iron, one of the original short stories about Conan the Barbarian written by Robert E. Howard. Howard (shown below) earned $115 for the publication of this story.

The plot concerns the resurrection of a mythical demon due to the theft of a sacred dagger, and an unrelated trap that lures Conan to the island fortress roamed by the demon.

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Wed, Dec 11th - 8:06AM

A Witch Shall Be Born
Weird Tales Magazine December 1934
The December 1934 issue of Weird Tales featured the novelette A Witch Shall Be Born by Robert E. Howard. The 128 page magazine sold for 25 cents. It contained 2 other novelettes, 5 short stories, 2 poems, an article and the 6 the of 7 parts from the novel The Trail of the Cloven Hoof by Arlton Eadie (1886-1935).

A Witch Shall Be Born is one of the original short stories about Conan the Cimmerian. The story concerns a witch replacing her twin sister as queen of a city state, which brings her into conflict with Conan who had been the captain of the queen's guard.

Conan's crucifixion early in the story in the second chapter is considered one of the most memorable scene in the entire series. The crucifixion scene was adapted for the first Conan film, Conan the Barbarian (1982).

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Thu, Dec 5th - 9:33AM

Red Shadows
Weird Tales Magazine August 1928
The cover story for Weird Tales Magazine August 1928 was Red Shadows. It was the first of a series of stories featuring Robert E Howard's puritan avenger, Solomon Kane. Kane finds a girl attacked by a gang of brigands led by a villain known as Le Loup. As she dies in his arms, Kane determines to avenge her death, leading him from France to Africa.

The cover art for the 144-page magazine was by C(urtis) C(harles) Senf (1873-1949). He painted forty-five covers for Weird Tales, the last of which appeared on the July 1932 issue.

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