Weird Tales #340 featured “The Persecution of Artifice the Quill,” the first official tale of Zang.

The legendary WEIRD TALES magazine has posted an interview with Yours Truly: Weird Tales Interviews John R. Fultz.

For the first 15 years of my writing life I had one goal: Sell a story to WEIRD TALES. To do that, I had to write a story worthy of this classic publication.

I started in college, sending in stories I had written in my Creative Writing course at the University of Kentucky. I got plenty of rejections—and plenty of great advice on how to get my writing up to professional standards. Most of those letters came from Darrell Schweitzer, who was the editor of the magazine at the time (along with George Scithers).

Finally, in 2004 (ten years ago!) I sold my first professional story, “The Persecution of Artifice the Quill,” to Darrell/George, and they ran the story in WT #340. They even gave me the “cover treatment”—my name wasn’t on the cover but the Les Edwards painting evokes the faceless Vizarchs who pursue Artifice in the story.

ZangCoverThat story inspired an entire cycle of stories, the Zang Cycle, which are now mostly collected in THE REVELATIONS OF ZANG.

Recently I returned to the World of Zang for a story called “Yael of the Strings”—that story will be running Baen’s SHATTERED SHIELDS anthology (coming in Nov. 2014).

This is the first time WT has interviewed me. I also have a never-before-seen Zang story coming up in a future issue.