Welcome to the First Issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine

Jordan Ellinger and I don’t agree on much. He’s more sci-fi, while I’m more fantasy. He is a plot guy, and I’m a language girl. He is Jordan Ellinger, and I think pen names are silly. He spells words with a lot of extra l’s and u’s, and sometimes q’s. I mean, he’s Canadian, for Pete’s sake.

When we met at Clarion West five years ago Jordan was already a Writers of the Future award winner, well-steeped in science fiction and fantasy, and ravenously acquiring new writing techniques, contacts, and story ideas with an almost mercenary precision. I was much, much less prepared. Jordan (rightly) eviscerated my first story, and we’ve been literary frenemies ever since.

We still don’t agree on much, but one thing we do agree on is that we’ve brought you a terrific first issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine. In this issue you’ll find an intro to Urban Fantasy from our own Nonfiction Editor Andreé Robinson-Neal and reviews of Debbie Vigue’s Circle of Blood and Jenna Black’s The Gifted Dead. In fiction, we’re pleased as punch to debut with a new story from award-winning author Ken Scholes. “A Chance of Cats and Dogs” made me want to howl at the moon, and possibly disembowel some bad guys.

One final thing on which Jordan and I see eye to eye is that the hands-down best part of being an editor is uncovering a gem of a story for all to see. We’re very proud to bring you John Wiswell’s “Wet,” a haunting tale of friendship and catharsis. With ghosts.

So many good stories came in through our submissions system that it was a real shame we had to choose just one for this first issue. We hope you’ll come back month after month, because we have some even equally good work coming up: stories from the likes of Carrie Vaughn, John A. Pitts, and Tim Powers, alongside beautiful stories from up-and-coming writers.

Every Thursday, we’ll bring you new content right here on our site, and the complete magazine will be available for download in both mobi and ePub formats in the coming days. We realize that we’re a new market and that we have to earn your trust. We feel like the issue we put together should do just that and, to prove it, we’re offering it for, well, whatever you’d like to spend on us. That’s right–our debut issue is Pay What You Want. Our suggested price is $2.99, but you can download it for free if you’d like. Check us out, and if you like the direction we’re heading in, buy a subscription and make sure that we’re able to keep doing what we’re doing.

UFM Issue 1

UFM Issue 1

Issue 1

  • Featuring
  • A Chance of Cats and Dogs by Ken Scholes
  • Wet by John Wiswell
  • Non-Fiction
  • Reading Urban Fantasy by Dr. Andree Robinson-Neal
  • Reviews
  • Circle of Blood by Debbie Viguie
  • The Gifted Dead by Jenna Black

Pay What You Want

We look forward to sharing some of the best Urban Fantasy fiction and non-fiction with you in the coming months and years. So, with that said…

Welcome to Urban Fantasy Magazine!

10 thoughts on “Welcome to the First Issue of Urban Fantasy Magazine

    • November 1, 2014 at 3:35 am
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      Hi Mike,

      This post wasn’t supposed to go live until November 1st. We’ll have Issue 1 available to download in both ePub and Mobi format.

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  • November 1, 2014 at 6:59 am
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    Looking forward to reading this. Congratulations on your hard work and passion. We need people like you in the industry. Good luck too with the publications, though I’m sure you won’t need it.

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  • November 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm
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    You say $2.99 as a suggested price for this issue – comes out every Thursday so a year’s subscription would be over $150???? I’m sure this is not right – especially for an e-pub. So what is the subscription price?

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    • November 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm
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      Wenonah:

      $2.99 is the suggested price for the whole month’s content. Things will roll out for free on the site throughout the month, but you can have it all on the first of the month (or soon, anyway–Jordan’s been working HEROICALLY to get the first month’s issue ready in time) for $2.99.

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  • November 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    No print version?

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    • November 5, 2014 at 1:21 am
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      Print versions have proven the undoing of magazines like Realms of Fantasy, so we’re wary of tackling them. Once we’re at least breaking even on the electronic versions, we’ll look at print versions.

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  • November 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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    Well good luck with the online version. I have just found that having a print copy works better for me. Can’t always get online when I have time to read and I already spend a lot of time on my computer for work. Thanks!

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  • November 5, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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    cannot enter the month on the credit card info space, would like to purchase

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