Realms of Fantasy has been having a hard time. Basically dying, then being resurrected, it is now on life support.
I feel bad about that. I honestly do. Any loss of a short fiction market is a blow to all short fiction writers. The thing is, Iâ€™m not going to feel the pain as a reader because I donâ€™t read the magazine. I havenâ€™t submitted to it since Iâ€™ve stopped reading it and the reason for both is the same: lack of my kind of fantasy.
In my old writing group, the magazine was known as Realm (singular) of Fantasy, because it was very focused on particular kind of fantasyâ€”urban fantasy. This, actually, isnâ€™t true, and it seems even less true now. Upon hearing that things are looking rocky for RoF, I went and checked the Tangent reviews for some issues. It seems that while the magazine has branched out, it still steers pretty clear of what I would like to readâ€”fantasy with magic and swords.
I usually donâ€™t dig modern myths and fable-based narratives. Thatâ€™s a generalization, of course. Iâ€™m sure thereâ€™s a story out there that would entertain me, but itâ€™s not a genre I seek out. Nor is urban fantasy, or modern magic realism. I like Robert E Howard. I like Fritz Leiber. I like Dave Duncan, David Drake, and David Gemmell.
I love Guy Gavriel Kay and Glen Cook.
These are not the kinds of stories I would find in RoF.
Sadly enough, there are very, very few professional level heroic fantasy periodicals. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve renewed my subscription to Black Gate.
Should that venue disappear, then you could expect some drama over here.