Oh dear. It’s happened again. Another speculative fiction magazine is biting the dust. Realms of Fantasy will soon be no more. Back in 2009, Warren Lapine and Tir Na Nog press saved it from the brink of extinction and purchased the magazine from Sovreign Media. Warren and his talented staff did thier best, and turned out some fine issues, but alas, it was not enough. The economy got worse and the subscriber list shrank past the level needed to keep things viable.
I always wanted to publish a story with RoF; it was one of my personal goals as a writer. They have always been one of my favorite magazines as a reader. Over the years I’ve sent them manuscripts and gotten pleasant rejection letters, occasionally with handwritten encouragement. Now that they will be shuttering the magazine, it seems that small part of my writing dreams will never be realized. I will miss this magazine.
You can read publisher Warren Lapine’s goodbye here.