Friday, November 12, 2010

Damnation Acquires Realms of Fantasy

Realms of Fantasy is a well known full color print magazine that has been around since 1994.  Like many traditionally produced and distributed magazines, it has gone through difficult patches and transitions in ownership.  The most recent of these being acquisition by Kim and William Gilchrist of epublisher Damnation Books. It is interesting to see what the readers, former contributors and prominent fantasy authors make of Damnation. 

Jon Klima admits to having no idea how long Damnation Books has been around and what they do, and so takes an ambivalent position of: "I’m taking a wait and see attitude. I’m certainly not going to dismiss this out of hand just because I don’t know anything about them." But author Tobias Buckwell concluded: "I see drama ahead. They look sketchy, somewhat unprofessional, and amateurish, certainly they seem to have ‘accounting’ problems that always seem to spring up around such operations." Jim C. Hines points out the 'not recommended' at P and E and that Kim Richards maybe isn't making the best first impression.

Kim Richards replied blogs point out: "... we also own and run Eternal Press. ebooks with trade paperbacks also offered. EP has been around since 2007 and DB since 2009."  In the setting of having one's business longevity questioned, it is perhaps a little misleading to state that Eternal has been around since 2007 when the Richards seem to have acquired the press in 2010?  And then there is here rather ironic rant ending: "If you hate us without actually knowing us, that’s your problem. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” To each his own."

So, the internet as usual, I guess.

1 comment:

nkkingston said...

This is going to be a trainwreck, and I do sympathise with anyone who may get hurt in the process. Can't shake the urge to go and get the popcorn out, though!