Weird Tales Magazine has been integral to the horror industry since its original introduction in 1923. The recent introduction of the magazine under Nth Dimension Media got fans of the original and more recent versions of the magazine excited. The possibility of "Weird Tales" coming to TV should excite fans of the magazine and of horror even more.
Pulp magazines, or pulps, were the short story magazines of the first half of the last century and were the precursors to the modern comic book. Weird Tales was one of the big names of the era as it centered on horror, doomsday science fiction, and dark fantasy. The magazine is revered today because it was the original publication source for stories by authors such as H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Clark Ashton Smith, Seabury Quinn, and Ray Bradbury. In the later iterations, stories have appeared from Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Stephen King, and many other top authors of our time.
In 2008, rumors began to circulate about a major company purchasing the Weird Tales catalog in the hopes of bringing a show to TV based on some of the stories from over the years. Shows such as "Twilight Zone" and "Night Gallery" used stories from the pages of the pulp as inspiration, so fans became excited by the possibility of a new show exploring the works of classic horror authors. In 2010, Meteor 17 announced that it had signed an exclusive contract with Viacom/MTV to bring Weird Tales to multiple formats including a TV show, direct-to-DVD movies, books, and through other types of media. Little was said about the property Meteor 17's announcement.
Jeremy Zweig is the vice president of corporate communications at Viacom. Via email, he confirmed that his company owns the Weird Tales catalog. "I can confirm that we have owned the Weird Tales catalog since 2008, but I'm not in a position to disclose what the status of the project is today." He also pointed out there is someone "who leads the effort for this property." It could easily be inferred that since there is someone who is leading the effort for the property, that the project is not dead. Anyone who has read Weird Tales knows "That is not dead which can eternal lie" ( Lovecraft).
Why it would work
"The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story" have proven that there is a strong market for horror on TV right now. "Twilight Zone," "Amazing Stories," and "Tales from the Crypt" have all proven how short horror and dark fantasy stories can do well on the small screen. The legacies of Lovecraft, Bloch, and Bradbury prove how there is still an interest in their works and new students of their arts will be added every year. It is time for fans to speak up to Viacom to bring "Weird Tales" to TV.
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