June 9, 2023

Outer Darkness

Outer Darkness is a small press science fiction/horror magazine published in chapbook format, saddle-stitched like many of the small press horror mags were in the 1980s. It features black and white cover art (although a couple of issues have color covers) and interior artwork to accompany the stories and poems. As far as I know, Outer Darkness is still being published, although I don’t know how regularly it comes out these days.  I first discovered the magazine in the mid-1990s. I had a couple of stories accepted for publication in the magazine in the early 2000s, and consequently struck up a casual friendship with editor Dennis J. Kirk through occasional correspondence via snail mail, and later, email.

Dennis was (and maybe still is) chief editor at the Tulsa, Oklahoma NBC affiliate news station.  A writer himself, Dennis started Outer Darkness in 1994 with his cousin Keith Stayer. It ran for at least 38 issues and might still be going. I know he planned at one point to put up a website for the magazine, but we’ve fallen out of touch and I can’t seem to find anything online, so maybe the website never happened.

Posted here are images of the last issues of the magazine I still own. Sadly, some of the older issues were lost in various life catastrophes. A few folks who went on to other writing successes appear in these issues: Shikhar Dixit, Paul Melniczek, and Tim Curran, among others.

These scans are from the library of author Christopher Fulbright.

Christopher Fulbright

Christopher Fulbright is the author of short stories, novellas, and full-length novels of fantasy and horror. His short stories have appeared in many venues--webzines, magazines, and anthologies--since 1993. Fulbright received the Richard Laymon President's Award in 2008 from the HWA, and his short stories have received honorable mentions in "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror" and "Best Horror of the Year." He is a former journalist turned technical writer, an unrepentant horror fan, and owner/webmaster of Realms of Night.

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