Gargoyle Magazine

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Gargoyle Magazine
EditorRichard Peabody, Lucinda Ebersole
CategoriesLiterary magazine
PublisherPaycock Press
First issue1976
CountryUnited States

Gargoyle Magazine is a literary magazine based in Washington, D.C.. It was established in 1976 by Russell Cox, Richard Peabody, and Paul Pasquarella. By 1977, Peabody was the only remaining original editor. He continued running the magazine until 1990 with several different co-editors.[1][2][3] Before the magazine ceased publication in 1990, thirty-six issues had been released. It resurfaced in 1997 with Peabody and Lucinda Ebersole as editors and continues to this day. Gargoyle Magazine released its 71st issue in 2020. [4]

Gargoyle is dedicated to printing works by unknown poets and fiction writers, as well as seeking out the overlooked or neglected writers. Considered an anthology that publishes both local and international authors, the magazine featured poetry, fiction, articles, art, photos, interviews, satire, reviews, long poems, and novel excerpts.[5] the magazine has published work by authors as diverse as Angela Threatt,[6] Joyce Renwick,[7] Julia Slavin, Mary Kay Zuravleff, Ray Bradbury, Kathy Acker, Robert Peters and Nick Cave. Gargoyle has also published authors who have won the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the National Book Award among other honors.[8] Each contributor receives one issue as compensation for their literary piece.[9] Work from the magazine has been included in The Best American Fantasy, The Best American Non-Required Reading, New Stories from the South, and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.

In 1999, the Magazine won a $7,500 grant from the London Arts Board.[10]

The magazine's archive is housed in the Special Collections Research Center of the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library at George Washington University.


  1. ^ Mary Battiata (May 26, 1987). "The Gargoyle Chronicles; The End of a Love Affair Could Extinguish a Local Literary Light". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ Todd Allan Yasui (March 26, 1990). "Gargoyle, Quitting the Quest". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ "Reluctant Habits". Edrants. May 19, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Poets & Writers". PW. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  5. ^ Guide to the Richard M. Peabody Gargoyle Magazine Collection, circa 1976-2009, Special Collections Research Center, Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University
  6. ^ Athitakis, Mark (May 29, 2007). "From the Southern City of Washington D.C." Washington city paper. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  7. ^ Jamieson, Dave (2004-04-02). "Dear Reader: Richard Peabody has lost thousands publishing Washington's foremost literary magazine. If only he actually liked it here". Washington City Paper. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Lora Engdahl (February 13, 2011). "Main Character: Richard Peabody has devoted his life to Washington's writers. At what cost?". The Washington Post.
  9. ^ Richard M. Peabody Gargoyle Magazine Collection Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine, Special Collections Research Center, Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University
  10. ^ Bane, Colin (July 12, 2013). "You Can Lead a Horse to Books...: Richard Peabody and Lucinda Ebersole made Atticus Used Books a thriving nursery for the small press. So why does he want out?". Washington City Paper. Retrieved October 3, 2015.

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