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T.E.D. Klein

Theodore “Eibon” Donald (T.E.D.) Klein is an American editor and author who, despite a short list of publishing credits, made an impressive impact on the horror genre. He was a fan of Arthur Machen, M.R. James, Ramsey Campbell, and H.P. Lovecraft. He attended college at Brown University in Lovecraft’s hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, where he wrote his honors thesis on the works of Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany. After he graduated in 1969, he briefly taught high school English in Dexter, Maine before returning home to New York City. He had a handful of stories published from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. One of his earliest stories, “The Events at Poroth Farm” was published in From Beyond the Dark Gateway, an offshoot magazine of Harry O. Morris’s Nyctalops, in 1972. The story gained a larger audience when it was reprinted in DAW’s The Year’s Best Horror Stories: Series II in 1974. Some of his other stories were published in Charles L. Grant’s Shadows series, and Kirby McCauley’s landmark anthology Dark Forces in 1980.

Klein was editor of The Twilight Zone Magazine from 1981 to 1985, as well as its sister publication Night Cry. His novel The Ceremonies was originally slated to be published by Morrow, but was pulled for unknown reasons and placed with Viking, which published the book in 1984. The novel received high praise from Stephen King and Peter Straub. Klein announced a follow-up novel in his 1985 Faces of Fear interview with Douglas Winter. The interview wraps up by saying Klein resigned as editor of The Twilight Zone Magazine in order to finish the novel, but the book never materialized. His follow-up to The Ceremonies turned out to be Dark Gods, a collection of three previously published novellas, plus a new novella, “Nadelman’s God,” which won a 1986 World Fantasy Award.

To browse the list of T.E.D. Klein titles currently available on Amazon, click here.

These cover scans are from the library of Christopher Fulbright.

 

 

The Twilight Zone Magazine

The Twilight Zone Magazine published its inaugural issue in April 1981, six years after the death of Rod Serling, who was, of course, the man behind the award-winning series of the same name.  Rod’s wife Carol Serling was at the helm of the magazine as Associate Publisher and Consulting Editor for several years, and T.E.D. Klein served as Editor-in-Chief through August 1985.  Throughout the magazine’s nine-year run, the table of contents represented a “who’s who” of personalities in the horror and suspense field. The first issue featured an interview by Charles Grant with none other than Stephen King; a preview of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York; short stories by Harlan Ellison, Robert Sheckley, George R.R. Martin, Ramsey Campbell, Joyce Carol Oates, and others; plus a Books column by Theodore Sturgeon.

Over the course of its run, the biggest names in the field appeared in the magazine alongside interviews with movie-makers, writers from the original series sharing their experiences, original teleplays by Rod Serling, and assorted ephemera of interest to SF, horror, and suspense fans across the spectrum.  The magazine published the early horror fiction of David Morrell, Alan Ryan, Chet Williamson, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert Crais, Richard Christian Matheson, David J. Schow, Al Sarrantonio, one of the few short stories by Michael McDowell, and the first professionally published stories by John Skipp and Dan Simmons.

The Twilight Zone Magazine began as a monthly magazine, then began publishing every other month in 1983. It ran for a total of 60 issues, wrapping up with a final issue in June 1989.

These scans are compiled with many thanks to the diligent work of the scanners of the Yahoo group Pulpscans. To search for available back issues, click here.

Night Cry

Night Cry magazine debuted in 1984, billed as The Twilight Zone Magazine Digest Special featuring reprints from the parent magazine.  The name of the magazine came from a short story, “Night Cry” by Katherine M. Turney, which appeared in the debut issue alongside tales by such luminaries as Charles Grant, John Skipp, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Crais, Richard Matheson, and Dan Simmons’s “The River Styx Runs Upstream,” which was a TZ Magazine prize winner in 1982 and his first professionally published short story. The magazine ran for 11 issues in digest format through Fall 1987. It was edited by T.E.D. Klein, and later by Alan Rodgers. Latter issues of the magazine ran mostly original stories, with the occasional reprint, including a handful of classic horror tales.

These scans are from the Lenny Silver collection.