LORE began in 1995 as an approximately 70-page, saddle-stitched, digest-sized labor of love. It ran for nine issues until 2000. Throughout those five years, we printed some outstanding work by writers and artists we had admired for years and ones we would come to know and regard as friends. We gathered many cherished memories, accepted two awards for our efforts: The Deathrealm Award and the Dragon's Breath Award, and were thrilled to be featured on The Sci-Fi Channel's Sci-Fi Buzz! Many of the works we published received Honorable Mentions in Datlow & Windling’s The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, and some of the work we published even went on to win awards such as The Bram Stoker Award and The World Fantasy Award. LORE surpassed our wildest dreams!
But we were younger then, and the unpredictability of real life at the time and demands of emerging careers eventually forced closed the vault doors in 2000.
Fast forward to January 2011 in Tempe, Arizona at MythosCon, a celebration of the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft, where something was stirred to life. Through the hazy weekend merriment with some old comrades like Dan Clore, Robert M. Price, Michael Cisco, and Peter Cannon, we got the idea to take a prybar to those vault doors and let some fresh air in (and the old spirits out). LORE would return!
The intervening five months have been a flurry of activity: meetings, conference calls, tracking down old friends. And, finally, we are able to start setting down the next chapter in LORE’s history.
This site is the culmination of our shared love for imaginative fiction, in its many guises. It is also a work in progress. Through the coming days and weeks, we will present compelling content here, and continue to refine the components we’ve set into motion. Our ultimate aim, of course, is to publish outstanding fiction, and more will be announced to this end soon.
We hope you will join us and be a part of our continuing journey.
LORE 2.0 is GO!
Rod Heather and Sean O'Leary
July 1, 2011