Pierre V. Comtois



 When giants walked the Earth: Authors pose in a line up at a special
signing event held at the Novel Cafe in Tewksbury, MA on May 14, 2011
commemorating the release of Fungi #20. From left to right: Dale
Phillips ("Locust Time"), R. J. Zimmerman ("Nightmare Corridor"), C.
George Porter ("I Kicked a Crab"), Josh Shapiro ("Stacks"), Pierre
Comtois ("Forced Conclusion"), and David Daniel (in the spotlight with
"Antipodes," "Adonis Days," "Fallen World.")


That’s right, Fungi, the Magazine of Fantasy and Weird Fiction is celebrating 25 years of intermittent publication with a spectacular issue #20 that is chock full of the wide ranging kinds of fiction and non-fiction its die hard fans have come to expect!  

Weird, horror, fantasy, science fiction; Fungi has it all in stories told both by past masters of fantasy fiction, favorites of the fanzine world, mainstream authors, and talented amateurs!

Topping the list of professionals will be the great Ray Bradbury himself with a lengthy panegyric that has not seen print for 45 years! Accompanying this great find will be an article by James Persons, Jr. on “Ray Bradbury at 90” (appearing exclusively in Fungi. direct from the pages of National Review Magazine).

Other professional offerings will include stories by Richard Lupoff and E.P. Berglund led off by horror master Ramsey Campbell!

Next, revisit Lemuria and follow Thongor or Valkarth as he penetrates the Kovian jungle to find the “Witch-Queen of Lemuria,” a new tale of Lin Carter’s Thongor the Barbarian, the first since those halcyon days in the 1960s when the star of Robert E. Howard’s Conan was in the ascendant! This new tale comes direct from the pen of Robert M. Price, literary executor of the Carter estate and uncrowned king of the fanzine world.

A regular feature of Fungi over the years has been its spotlight section and this issue will be no exception to that rule with a clutch of brand new stories of the weird, the bizarre, and the strangely coincidental by David Daniel, Kerouac scholar and author of a half dozen critically approved novels of hard boiled mystery!

A favorite of many past issues of Fungi will be returning as well with SF/fantasist Colleen Drippe represented by a pair of strange stories; Clark Ashton Smith scholar Ron Hilger has turned in a new tale of Zothique; and editor Pierre V. Comtois adds to his canon of horror tales with “Forced Conclusion.”

In addition, Fungi #20 continues its tradition of introducing talented newcomers to the ranks of weird fiction including Adam Walter and Dale Phillips among others.

And of course, what would Fungi be without art? Be on the lookout for eye catching pieces by C. G. Porter, Toren Atkinson, Steve Lines, and Marie Melechinsky all of whom will do their best to maintain Fungi’s reputation as an artzine.

And speaking of art, just as Fungi #19 featured the work of classic fantasy artist Gervasio Gallardo on its cover, so too does Fungi #20 with a cover adorned by the work of fantasy grandmaster Bob Logrippo!

And that’s not all! Since this writing, Fungi #20 has likely added
even more features so be sure to get your copy today!

Available now, Fungi #20 can be had practically everywhere on the net

including Virtualbookworm.com, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, and Borders.
Or just follow the handy links provided below.


Be there and be scared!


 Signing Event - May 14, 2011


On the afternoon of May 14, 2011, a special signing event was held at
the Novel Café in Tewksbury, MA in celebration of the release of Fungi
#20, the first new issue to appear in 10 years.

Arranged and promoted by Dale Phillips and David Daniel, the event was
a roaring success with authors, friends, readers, and other assorted
interested parties jamming the book lined room where the actual
signing took place as well as adjoining corridors! In fact, so many
people showed up that all available copies of Fungi #20 were quickly
sold out!


Fungi contributors David Daniel, Dale Phillips, Josh Shapiro, and Pierre Comtois pose for the camera at the Fungi signing event held at the Novel Cafe, May 14.






 Initially present were Fungi #20 contributors Dale Phillips, Pierre
Comtois, R. J. Zimmerman, Josh Shapiro, and the issue’s spotlighted
author David Daniel each of whom were kept busy by fans signing their
individual stories. Then, taking everyone by surprise, in walked
artist extraordinaire and newly minted writer, the “mysterious” C.
George Porter! Except for Leominster, MA based writer Leah Cyr (who
could not attend due to having to go to her high school prom; tough
luck, Leah!) every one of the locally based contributors to Fungi #20
were present and accounted for. For proof, just check the line up
elsewhere on this page!

After discovering just how many fans of fantasy and weird lit lived in
the Greater Boston area, the action moved into the bookstore’s café
lounge where Fungi’s guests filled nearly every available seat and
David Daniel held court before the fireplace at the head of the room.
After giving a little background about Fungi, Dave introduced Dale
Phillips who proceeded to read “Locust Time” his featured story in the
latest Fungi. After everyone was suitably sickened by the end of the
story’s ill fated protagonist, their appetites were completely killed
with a reading of David Daniel’s classic short story “Crawl*rs” done
to shuddery perfection by Josh Shapiro.




 Dale Phillips reads from his story "Locust Time" at the Fungi signing
event held at the Novel Cafe, May 14.




No doubt to the relief of many of those present, there was no time for
more readings (C.G. Porter was ready in the wings to read portions of
his story “I Kicked a Crab” to complete the afternoon’s
arachnida/crustacean theme) and the exciting afternoon finally drew to
a close.

The Fungi staff and contributors would like to extend their hearty
thanks and goodwill to proprietor of the Novel Café Leisa Ginsburg and
her staff for hosting the event whose success was in large part owed
to such a wonderful venue.

Dale Phillips and Pierre Comtois admire copies of Fungi #20 on sale at the Fungi signing event held at the Novel Cafe, May 14.







Also on the thank you list is Karen Johnson for being present to take
pictures of the event…something that had completely slipped the mind
of almost everyone except the ubiquitous Dale Phillips! Whew! If not
for Karen, there would be no proof that the event ever took place!

 Add Dale Phillips himself for his enthusiastic support for the event
and doing yoeman’s service in getting the word out as well as local
legend David Daniel for arranging to have the event held at the Novel
Café in the first place.


 David Daniel, Dale Phillips, and Josh Shapiro hobnob with guests at
the Fungi signing event held at the Novel Cafe, May 14







 Ditto for webmaster, James Lane for getting this pictorial record of
the signing event posted on the Fungi web page in good time for the
enjoyment of all those unfortunate enough to have missed the

Finally, the Fungi staff and all the contributors who appeared at the
May 14 event would like to extend their thanks to all those who made
the trip down to the Café to meet and greet and even buy copies of the
magazine…only the greatest mag of fantasy and weird fiction ever!
You’re the greatest!


List of contributors (so far!)


Fiction and non-fiction by:


Ramsey Campbell

Robert Price

Ray Bradbury

James Person, Jr.

Clark Ashton Smith

Dale Nelson

Richard Lupoff


Thomas Ligotti

Glynn Barass

David Daniel

Ed Ford

Henry J. Vester III

Colleen Drippe

Ron Hilger

C. G. Porter

Adam Walter

Dale Phillips

Don Webb

H.P. Lovecraft

R.J. Zimmerman

Joshua Shapiro

R.H. Benson

Andrew Seddon

Gregorio Montejo

Frank Belknap Long

Leah Cyr

Pierre V. Comtois


 Art by: 

Bob Logrippo

Toren Atkinson

Steve Lines - (This page, image #2)

Marie Melechinsky

Theodore Kittelson - (This page, image #1)


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