Although this is my personal blog and the following is posted on the Science Fiction Trails Blog, I am duplicating it here as well. I'm surprised we lasted as long as we did. It's been obvious for some time readers weren't buying what we were selling. I am still proud of what we published. There are few small magazines that came close to the quality and diversity of stories we published.
June 19, 2019
For Immediate Release
Science Fiction Trails Magazine has announced that it has ceased publication. The last issue for this annual fiction magazine was number 14, which published in April of 2019. The magazine focused on science fiction weird western stories.
“Due to a huge drop in sales in our last two issues, we have decided we can no longer continue the magazine,” Managing Editor David B. Riley said, explaining the decision. “Up until recently, we always managed to sell enough copies to cover the cost of publishing an issue, but the last two issues have not even been close,” Riley said. Copies of recent issues remain on sale through online bookstores. “The magazine was created because there are very few publishing opportunities for the science fiction weird western, with most weird western anthologies concentrating on horror theme products,” according to Riley. “While we’ve seen a drop in author submissions, we always managed to put an issue out, but the drop in sales is something we cannot recover from.”
This announcement does not affect Science Fiction Trails Books. Tales From Dry Gulch, our 11th anthology will be released in September 2019.