"Inferno!" (originally "Carnage") was a bi-monthly magazine published from 1997 to 2004 by
Games Workshop's publishing division, Black Library, which was initially just the name of the team brought together to work on "Inferno!". [http://www.blacklibrary.com/articles/birthday/interview-marc.asp 10th anniversary interview] , with Marc Gascoigne]
It presented fiction, artwork, and comics set in the
fictional universe's of Games Workshop's fantasyand science fiction games. These initially included " Warhammer Fantasy Battle", " Warhammer 40,000", and " Necromunda", and later added the " Mordheim" and " Gorkamorka" settings.
"Inferno!" was launched with a trial "issue zero" as a section in the Games Workshop house magazine "White Dwarf".
Issue 1 of the actual magazine was launched shortly afterwards under the editorship of Games Workshop staffer Andy Jones. The magazine settled into a standard format of two fantasy and two science fiction stories per issue, with ancillary features such as standalone artwork, comics, cutaway diagrams of fictional machines from the stories, maps of fictional battles, and mocked-up books, dossiers, or correspondence by characters in the settings. With the exception of one early comic series, "Inferno!" published individual, complete stories, not serials.
"Inferno!" had a policy of accepting unsolicited submissions and publishing new authors. Many writers who went on to publish novels for Black Library, such as C.L. Werner and Ben Counter, began their professional writing careers with short stories in "Inferno!" The magazine also published stories by established science fiction authors such as
Barrington Bayleyand Brian Stableford.
The success of "Inferno!", along with the lessons learned and the contacts made during its early days, led to a
spin-offcomic, " Warhammer Monthly". This produced longer comic stories in an anthology format common in British comics like "2000 AD" (with whom it shared a lot of creators). As Marc Gascoigneputs it "It became obvious very quickly that the occasional comic strip in Inferno! along with the short stories was OK, but very soon what we needed to do was a proper comic, so about a year after Inferno! kicked in, Warhammer Monthly made its debut."
"Inferno!" was cancelled in November 2004 after publishing 46 issues.
Science fiction magazine
Fantasy fiction magazine
Horror fiction magazine
* [http://www.locusmag.com/index/b539.htm#A7895 "Inferno"] at the "Locus" Index to Science Fiction
* [http://www.blacklibrary.com/product.asp?prod=60719999062&type=Book "INFERNO!" #46]
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