Monday, November 19, 2012

Beyond the Boundaries

Beyond the Boundaries was a literary magazine that came out of Cyncoed, Cardiff, between 1994-1997. It specialised in "science fact and fiction, fantasy and horror". It was a product of the Welsh Speculative Writers Foundation (whatever happened to them?) and was edited by John Sheppard. The first edition came out under the title of Mab Sêr (a reference to the Mabinogion and stars) but from Issue 2 onwards it became known as Beyond the Boundaries. The magazine contained writing by Welsh and Wales-based scribes notably Lionel Fanthorpe, Rhys Hughes, Brian Stableford and Ceri Jordan, as well as interviews with esoteric luminaries from further afield such as Terry Pratchett, and king of the crab invasion novel, Guy N Smith. This finely illustrated magazine ran to about 11 issues in total and retailed at £1.90. The reasons for its demise are unknown to me.