Lapine Folds Realms of Fantasy

Publisher Warren Lapine is closing Realms of Fantasy and Dreams of Decadence magazines.

In his farewell he says about his attempt to bring back RoF:

I invested more than $50,000.00 of my own money into reviving this magazine. I tried every traditional method I could think of to increase the circulation, but nothing worked. I also spent a great deal of money trying nontraditional methods. I advertised online with Google and Facebook, neither of which came close to covering their costs. And we created DRM-free electronic versions of the magazine to see if that would help increase our circulation. Sadly, the DRM-free versions never sold more than twenty five copies per issue, and the Kindle editions sold fewer still.

The staff had completed all work on the December issue in hopes of continuing, and that issue may be posted at their website for subscribers to download.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]