|Of old was the age when Weird began;
Fanzines nor letterhacks there were
Ackerman was not, nor Moskowitz
But boundless Mundane, and fans nowhere...
as the Pros' Edda touchingly puts it. Weird, established in 1923, was the first successful mag to specialize in strictly fantasy stories, contributing such authors as H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, C. L. Moore, Robert E. Howard, and Seabury Quinn in its great days during the 30s. It began to slip during World War II, when a puckle of other fantasy mags went under, and went downhill to extinction in the mid-50s. But many of its mythos (Cthulhu, Hyborian Age), heroes (Northwest Smith, Conan, Jules de Grandin), and great stories ("Shambleau", "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Dunwich Horror", "Three Marked Pennies") go marching on in fannish lore.