Back in the 1990s, I published a small H. P. Lovecraft fan magazine called “Ye Olde Lemurian.” I distributed it free to anyone who asked to be put on the mailing list. The print runs were very small, with something like 10 or 15 copies of the early numbers, building to maybe 30 copies per issue towards the end. Because of the tiny print run, the zine was doomed to utter obscurity and is practically unknown today. In Googling, I find very little information about “Ye Olde Lemurian” (or simply “The Lemurian”, as the first few numbers were titled.) To rectify this situation, I’ve decided to post a summary of the magazine here, giving a brief description of the contents of each issue, the dates they were published, and images of the covers.
Numbers 1 through 11 were issued as separate print publications of a few pages each. beginning with number 12, “Ye Olde Lemurian” became a column I wrote for the Lovecraftian fiction magazine “Midnight Shambler,” which was a resurrection of a magazine I had edited and published for two issues, this new series being edited by Dr. Robert M. Price and later, Joseph S. Pulver, and published by Necronomicon Press. Then, in 2000, the (I think) final issue, Number 20, returned as a print zine. I have a vague notion there may have been a number 21, but I’m not too sure about that and haven’t yet found a printed copy or electronic file for it.
[Edited 3/18/2016: I did a thorough search and found no contents for number #21, just a note that the issue would be titled “A Further Note on Lovecraft, the Group.” I don’t think I actually wrote that installment of “Ye Olde Lemurian.”]
My memory is foggy on the details of this history, and I’ll be checking facts in my files, so the information presented here could change later, but for now, that’s the short version of the life of “Ye Olde Lemurian.” Much of the content was written by me, the editor and publisher, David Barker — especially in the early issues — but as time went by, other writers contributed material, including fiction, poetry and non-fiction, all of it Lovecraftian horror to some degree. Some of these contributors went on to become major figures in the field of weird fiction and poetry, something I’ve always been very proud of. Among them are such luminaries as Ann K. Schwader and Wilum Pugmire, both highly accomplished and respected authors now published by the finest presses in the horror field. It amazes me to think that I once published them in my humble, utterly unknown little rag.
I’ll give a summary and cover of each print issue in separate blog posts, and list the authors and artists whose work appears in each issue. I’m toying with idea of reviving “Lemurian”, either in print or as a digital zine, but for now, merely documenting the magazine’s history seems like a good first step.