BACKGROUND

The Willows is an atmospheric horror and dark fantasy magazine with an emphasis on the traditional weird tale, in the classic style of Blackwood, Dunsany, Hodgson, Machen, and other macabre fantasies of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Through the work of rising authors like G. D. Falksen, Lawrence Dagstine, and Paul Marlowe, we are also pioneering the genre of “steampunk horror,” in which elements of the golden age weird tale or Gothic romance are combined with an elegant 19th-Century proto-science-fiction aesthetic, such as that embodied by Wells, Verne, and the earliest pulp writers.

We love work set in Victorian times, in the European countryside, in a twisted fairyland, in the underbelly of an enchanted city, aboard a triphibian ambulator, or in the ruins of an undiscovered civilization.

COME AND JOIN

If your favorite authors are those who initiated and maintained the unique movements of weird fiction and proto-SF, and those who continue these traditions today, The Willows is the place to read tales you will enjoy, and to submit your own work!

We warmly welcome new writers, but we also print pieces from established authors. Please see our Guidelines page for more information.

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