Dorothy McIlwraith

Dorothy McIlwraith
Born(1891-10-14)October 14, 1891
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
DiedAugust 23, 1976(1976-08-23) (aged 84)
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
OccupationMagazine editor
GenresHorror, pulp fiction

Dorothy Stevens[1] McIlwraith (October 14, 1891 – August 23, 1976)[2] was the third editor of Weird Tales, the pioneering pulp magazine that specialized in horror fiction and fantasy fiction. She also edited Short Stories magazine.

Life and career

Demonic figures appear to menace a man.
Cover of the March 1942 issue, by Hannes Bok[3]

McIlwraith graduated from McGill University in 1914 and became a reader and editor for Doubleday, Page and Company.[1] She worked as an assistant to Harry E. Maule (1886-1971), the editor of Doubleday's Short Stories magazine. In 1936, she became the editor of the magazine.[1][4] In 1937, Short Stories Inc purchased the magazine and McIlwrith continued as the editor.

In 1938, Short Stories Inc purchased Weird Tales magazine.[1] The magazine's editor, Farnsworth Wright was in poor health and resigned as editor in 1940. [5] McIlwraith took over as full editor at this point and would remain editor until the magazine ceased publication in 1954.[4] Under her editorship authors and artists such as Ray Bradbury and Hannes Bok first appeared in the magazine.

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