Ann VanderMeer, the longtime editor of Weird Tales and wife of sometimes LA Times book section writer Jeff VanderMeer, is being relieved of her post. Since she apparently won’t get the chance to say goodbye in print, so she posted a lengthy explanation on Weird Tales’ site.
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 was only the second female editor in Weird Tales’ 88-year history. She was the first to lead an all-female staff.
Despite losing her gig, VanderMeer has plenty going on. She’s putting the finishing touches on “THE WEIRD: A Compendium of Dark and Strange Stories,” which will be released by Atlantic in October. She also plans to take the lead on an e-book anthology called ODD?, which she’ll publisher on her and her husband’s imprint Cheeky Frawg.