Monday, December 18, 2006

Dark Wisdom



After much tribulation, the latest issue of Dark Wisdom magazine (http://www.darkwisdom.com/) has finally shipped to all destinations. It will still take a few weeks for distributors to get it into stores, but at least it is in motion.

As this issue is the first color issue, there was frantic workings months ago to meet the deadlines. I really need to thank the artists whom I worked with, as they went out of their way to get the project completed on schedule -- and in color (I'm also the "vile" art director at the magazine, so these gentle artists must tolerate my endless suggestions). Overall, the material was outstanding. Because of format changes, some of the material, stories and art had to be shifted to the next issue -- not forgotten, just moved. It is a shame because all of it was good.

Also, the magazine saw a series of delays. These processes are being altered and corrected. Delays are disliked by everyone – printers are not paid, readers must way, writers and artists wait, and the publisher gazes into the darkness hoping for magazines to appear.

Of course, this goes for some of the stories as well. So several of the tales slated for future issues will also be bumped back an issue. I regret this, but it is the life of magazines.

In issue #10 of Dark Wisdom, there are many great stories and illustrations. Because I've been taunting the author E. Sedia about the artwork for her story (meaning hinting about it but not showing it), I figured I'd post the first page of that tale. The illustration is by Philip Rogers. It also gives a sneak peek into the upcoming issue.


Today also marks the day that I managed to "slice" my finger while cutting boxes -- this limited my typing skills as I cannot use my little finger, and was quite silly. I hear the finger is on the mend, and will be back in service in a few days. Presently, it looks mummified with a vast bandage covering it. This forces me to use three fingers on one hand. An awkward business all around.


6 comments:

JR's Thumbprints said...

Interesting illustrations! I'm more into "reality" fiction; however, I try to read other genres to keep my mind fresh. Good luck! I'm sure you'll do well with your first color issue.

William Jones said...

Thanks! The artists who produce the content for the magazine are very creative -- so are the authors.

I understand what you mean by "reality" fiction. I like to think of genre fiction is "reality" in metaphor. :)

Sheila said...

Wow great illustrations! I read Romantic suspence and thriller/suspence but I am a lover of all books and try to read as many as I can! Thank you so much for the nice comment on my blog! It is always so great to hear opinions from a wide variety of people. :o)

Stewart Sternberg said...

I just renewed my subscription. I look forward to seeing the most recent copy.

Have a Merry Christmas

William Jones said...

sheila said...
Wow great illustrations! I read Romantic suspence and thriller/suspence but I am a lover of all books and try to read as many as I can! Thank you so much for the nice comment on my blog! It is always so great to hear opinions from a wide variety of people. :o)

Thank you, Sheila. And who is to say that "dark fiction" isn't a thriller? :) Many people assume the magazine is mainly horror. It really tries to bridge the genre gap, while keeping the flavor of genre fiction.

William Jones said...

stewart sternberg said...
I just renewed my subscription. I look forward to seeing the most recent copy.

Have a Merry Christmas


Thank you for the holiday cheer! And I'm certain that everyone involved in the magazine (readers included) thank you for supporting it!