Dark Horizons

The final issue.

The final issue.

Dark Horizons was for almost four decades the journal of the British Fantasy Society, publishing fiction, non-fiction and poetry. It was first published in 1971, and ceased publication as a separate publication in 2010. Its contents and subject matter varied according to the tastes of the editors and the contents of the other magazines being published by the BFS at the same time, but generally included some combination of fantasy, science-fiction and horror-related fiction, articles, poetry and artwork.

It was previously published twice a year, in March and September. The final issue of the current run (#57) appeared in September 2010, after which Dark Horizons became a section in the BFS Journal.

A superb gallery of Dark Horizons covers can be found here.

Past editors have included:

  • Rosemary Pardoe (#1-4, 1971-72)
  • Trevor Hughes (#5)
  • Adrian Cole (#6)
  • Adrian Cole and David A. Sutton (#7)
  • Darroll Pardoe (#8)
  • Stephen Jones (#9–15)
  • Geoffrey Noel Smith (#16–17)
  • John G. Heron (#18, 1978)
  • Mike Chinn and John Merritt (#19–22, 1979–81)
  • David A. Sutton (#23–29)
  • David J. Howe
  • Peter Coleborn/Mike Chinn/Phil Williams (#37, 1998)
  • Peter Coleborn and Mike Chinn (#38, 1999)
  • Debbie Bennett (#39–46, 2001–2004)
  • Marie O’Regan (#47, 2005)
  • Marie O’Regan and Jenny Barber (#48–49, 2005-2006)
  • Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards (#50–52, 2006–2008)
  • Stephen Theaker (#53–57, 2008–2010)

(We’d love to hear from anyone who can fill in the gaps.)

The publication’s poetry editors included Joel Lane and Ian Hunter.

A numbered Dark Horizons section then appeared in the BFS Journal:

  • Sam Stone (#57 [58], 2010, in BFS Journal #1)
  • Peter Coleborn (#59- 61, 2011, in BFS Journals #2–4)
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