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“Coś na progu” (The Thing on the Doorstep) – a new Polish weird fiction magazine

Polish fantastic magazines market is difficult now. Many journals were closed recently. Only the oldest “(Nowa) Fantastyka” has survived. But, to be precise, the title survived – content and readers have changed during over 30 years.  “Coś na progu” takes a risk then. Hope they will succeed. It’s the 8th issue already, circa 140 pages per issue, so there is a solid basis. They define themselves as “fantastika, crime, weird and horror” fiction magazine. Wide, but is it safe? They are not affraid of classics – Lovecraft, Burroughs – perhaps because it’s free to be not afraid…, but a well amount of fresh (well balanced – Polish and foreign authors) stuff is also here. Well done!

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Mariusz M. Leś

University of Bialystok, Poland, PhD. Interested in utopia, theory of science fiction and narratology. Author of two books: "Stanisław Lem wobec utopii", 1998 [Stanisław Lem and Utopia] and "Fantastyka socjologiczna. Poetyka i myślenie utopijne" [Polish Social Science Fiction. Poetics and Utopian Thinking]. Member of the jury of Jerzy Żuławski Award for the best Polish fantastic novel. Member of Science Fiction Poetry Association (juror for the Rhysling Award), European Narratology Network and Adam Mickiewicz Literary Association.

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