June 15, 2011

An Interview With Realms of Fantasy Editor Douglas Cohen

Hi Readers!

June Cover of Realms of Fantasy
You'll notice the cool Realms of Fantasy banner advertisement at the top of Enchanted Conversation. We're excited to promote this innovative, entertaining, and inspiring publication. That's why we are doing an interview with Douglas Cohen, Realms of Fantasy editor. We appreciate the work they do and thought our readers would enjoy learning some detailed information on the publication.

We also hope that when you've read this post, you'll visit the Realms of Fantasy site, which is well worth the effort.
Kate Wolford, EC Editor

Read on for the interview!

1) Beyond being entertained, what reactions do you want readers to have when they experience Realms of Fantasy?

We want our readers to feel like they're getting a full overview of the fantasy field.  Besides great fiction and artwork, we offer book reviews, game reviews, movie coverage, a gallery devoted to covering the works of a fantasy artist, and our Folkroots column provides thoughtful and well-researched articles about subjects like mythology, legends, fairy tales, folk tales, etc.

2) Is there a kind of reader who seems to gravitate toward Realms of Fantasy? No doubt they come from all walks of life, but is there something they seem to have in common?

I don't think you can pin down our magazine's aesthetic.  We really seem to attract all sorts of readers. Our aesthetic is anyone who enjoys great fantasy fiction of all types, great fantasy artwork, and nonfiction features by some of the best people working in the field.

3) What's the vision for the magazine going forward? Are new features in the offing? Can you tell us?

We introduced poetry for the first time in issue 100, which was our June 2011 issue.  Our April issue was a dark fantasy issue, which marked our first themed issue.  We have ideas for more themed issues in the works.  We're also making the switch to electronic submissions in the near future, something the writers are very happy about.  We've started offering occasional one-shot nonfiction articles in addition to the usual nonfiction selections.  The April issue included an article about the Addams Family on Broadway, and our October issue will include an article examining the similarities and differences between paranormal romance and urban fantasy.  We're always looking for ways to improve our product, and we're always willing to consider trying new things if we think it will appeal to our readers.

4) What do you think of the direction fantasy has taken in the last 10 years? It certainly has exploded. Why so, in your opinion?

It's been exploding a lot longer than ten years.  In the '90s, epic fantasy was the hot thing, and that was something that started gaining momentum in the '80s.  Epic fantasy still has its place, but now YA fantasy is a force to be reckoned with, and there is all sorts of crossover between urban fantasy fans and paranormal romance fans.  People are always going to seek out fantasy in one form for another.  People yearn for magic in our lives, something beyond the mundane, something that can't be explained with logic.  That will never change.  It's just a matter of what forms of fantasy people seek out, and when.  Those who like a little of everything often gravitate toward Realms of Fantasy.

5) Anything you'd like to add?

Just that we appreciate your readers taking the time to read this interview, and that if they want to learn more about the magazine they should feel free to visit our website: http://www.rofmag.com/


  1. Thank you for the great interview. I'm excited that RoF are publishing poetry. And yes, that they're going to be taking e-subs. *scoots off to check site*

  2. I love the idea of covering fantasy themed events that are happening in "the real world". An Addams Family broadway musical sounds pretty cool!

  3. I didn't realized RoF was still around! I heard about them folding in December 2010, but I'm so happy to find out they're still around and moving forward.

  4. The line "People yearn for magic in our lives, something beyond the mundane, something that can't be explained with logic" resonates with me. While in my daily life, I worship logic and science, in my reading for enjoyment (a.k.a. my imaginary life), I do yearn for magic. I read Anderson, Grimm, and Lang tales over and over as a child. Venues such as EC and RoF feed a hunger and satisfy a craving. Thanks!

  5. I like the connection between FairyTaleMag and RoF. The folkroots section gives yet another place to explore traditional and non-traditional tales. Great interview!

  6. Cool interview! I'll have to check them out too.