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Robert Weinberg: 1946-2016

Posted on September 26, 2016

Robert Weinberg

Robert Weinberg

Author, editor/anthologist, and pulp historian Robert Weinberg passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. He was 70.

Weinberg was involved with publishing more than 100 books over the past 40 years. Locus Online notes: “His first publications of genre interest were bibliographical indexes of sf magazines, and he compiled and published many books on the field and its authors during his career, most notably in Hugo Award finalist and World Fantasy Award winner A Biographical Dictionary of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (1988). He also produced fanzines, most notably Pulp (1970-81).

“In 1976 he bought Weird Tales, and remained its owner while leasing out the title to various editors and publishers over the years. His Robert Weinberg Publications operated from 1974 to 1981, and was devoted to reprinting pulp sf and fantasy, including the Pulp Classics series, the Lost Fantasies series, and the Weird Menace Classics anthology series. …

“Later in life he collaborated with Martin H. Greenberg on many anthologies, including Lovecraft’s Legacy (1990) and Love Kills (1997). He often collaborated on anthologies with Greenberg & Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, starting with Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors (1988). They did a dozen books in the 100 anthology series, beginning with 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1993) and ending with 100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999). Their anthology Horrors! 365 Scary Stories (1998) won a Stoker Award. On his own Weinberg edited The Eighth Green Man & Other Strange Folk (1989).”

That doesn’t mention Pulp, his chapbook fanzine published from 1970 through 1981, his history of the Unique Magazine, The ‘Weird Tales’ Story (1977), or his contributions to numerous pulp-related books and fanzines.

While he hasn’t been a regular attendee at PulpFest the past few years due to poor health, he will certainly be missed by there and among the greater pulp collecting community.