Dorothy McIlwraith

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Dorothy McIlwraith
Born(1891-10-14)October 14, 1891
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
DiedAugust 23, 1976(1976-08-23) (aged 84)
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
OccupationMagazine editor
GenresHorror, pulp fiction

Dorothy Stevens[1] McIlwraith (October 14, 1891 – August 23, 1976)[2] was the third editor of Weird Tales, the pioneering pulp magazine that specialized in horror fiction and fantasy fiction. She also edited Short Stories magazine.

Life and career[edit]

Demonic figures appear to menace a man.
Cover of the March 1942 issue, by Hannes Bok[3]

McIlwraith graduated from McGill University in 1914 and became a reader and editor for Doubleday, Page and Company.[1] She worked as an assistant to Harry E. Maule (1886-1971), the editor of Doubleday's Short Stories magazine. In 1936, she became the editor of the magazine.[1][4] In 1937, Short Stories Inc purchased the magazine and McIlwrith continued as the editor.

In 1938, Short Stories Inc purchased Weird Tales magazine.[1] The magazine's editor, Farnsworth Wright was in poor health and resigned as editor in 1940. [5] McIlwraith took over as full editor at this point and would remain editor until the magazine ceased publication in 1954.[4] Under her editorship authors and artists such as Ray Bradbury and Hannes Bok first appeared in the magazine.


  1. ^ a b c d Hanley, Terence E. "What About Dorothy McIlwraith? Part 2". Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  2. ^ Hanley, Terence E. "What About Dorothy McIlwraith?". Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  3. ^ Jaffery & Cook (1985), p. 63.
  4. ^ a b Robert Sampson, Yesterday's Faces: Dangerous Horizons. Popular Press, 1991. ISBN 978-0-87972-514-3 (pp 86-88).
  5. ^ S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 2001.