The Magic Carpet Magazine
|Frequency||Bi-monthly (first three issues)|
|Publisher||J. Farnsworth Wright (1888-1940 was the editor of the Pulp magazine Weird Tales during the magazine's heyday Pulp magazines (or pulp fiction; often referred to as "the pulps" were inexpensive Fiction magazines C. Henneberger|
|First issue||October 1930|
#1 (vol 4, 14th issue overall)
Oriental Stories, later retitled The Magic Carpet Magazine, was a pulp magazine of 1930-34, an offshoot of the famous Weird Tales. Year 1930 ( MCMXXX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1934 ( MCMXXXIV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Pulp magazines (or pulp fiction; often referred to as "the pulps" were inexpensive Fiction magazines Weird Tales is an American Fantasy and Horror fiction Pulp magazine first published in March 1923.
Like its parent, it was published by J. C. Henneberger's Rural Publications and edited by Farnsworth Wright. Farnsworth Wright (1888-1940 was the editor of the Pulp magazine Weird Tales during the magazine's heyday As its titles indicate, the magazine specialized in adventure and fantasy stories with Oriental settings and elements. Its stories were largely written by the same distinctive group of authors that filled the pages of Weird Tales, including Robert E. Howard, Otis Adelbert Kline, E. Hoffmann Price, and Clark Ashton Smith, among others. Robert Ervin Howard ( January 22 1906 &ndash June 11 1936) was an American pulp writer of Fantasy, Otis Adelbert Kline (1891-1946 was an adventure novelist and literary agent during the pulp era Edgar Hoffmann Trooper Price ( July 3 1898, Fowler California – June 18 1988, Redwood City California) was a writer Clark Ashton Smith ( January 13, 1893 - August 14, 1961) was a Poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy
The magazine struggled financially for the entirety of its existence (as indeed did Weird Tales); it was published first bi-monthly, then quarterly, during the grimmest years of the Great Depression. Volume 1 of Oriental Stories consisted of 6 issues that appeared on newsstands from October 1930 through Autumn 1931; Volume 2 comprised only 3 issues in the first half of 1932 (Winter, Spring, Summer). After a six-month hiatus, the first of four quarterly issues of Volume 3 appeared in January 1933, but with the new title The Magic Carpet. ("Oriental Stories combined with The Magic Carpet Magazine," read the masthead of Vol. 3 No. 1, January 1933. ) Still unable to muster sufficient circulation, Volume 4 started and ended with the single issue No. 1 in January 1934. The Magic Carpet was then defunct.
Its brief existence and scarcity eventually made The Magic Carpet an object of romance and nostalgia among followers of Weird Tales and fantastic literature. In particular, fans and collectors of Robert E. Howard's works, oppressed by the magazine's unavailability in the years after Howard's suicide in 1936, helped elevate The Magic Carpet to something close to legendary status.
Jaffery, Sheldon R. , and Fred Cook. The Collector's Index to Weird Tales. Bowling Green State University Popular Pess, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1985. Appendix 1, pp. 149-52; Appendix 2, pp. 153-7.