Dark Fantasy

An octavo-sized fanzine published by Howard E. Day (aka: Gene Day) of Gananoque, Ontario from 1973-1980. It contained fantasy/horror fiction and artwork by a variety of contributors. Some of the writers and artists became well-known beyond zine circles such as Charles de Lint, Dave Sim, and Neal Adams. Day himself was known for his artwork in Marvel Comics titles like Master of Kung-Fu and Star Wars. Dark Fantasy is also notable for containing the earliest "Imaro" stories by Charles Saunders. Imaro was Saunders' attempt to create a heroic fantasy universe that was inspired by African mythology and involved realistic portrayals of black characters. This was a significant shift in a genre that was, at the time, infamous for its use of racial stereotypes and caricatures.