A publication that features a particular form of short fiction soon will issue its final edition. Weekly World News, home of Bat Boy, the eternally angry Ed Anger and Lester the typing horse (“Once a Sideshow Attraction, Now the Nation’s Leading Wellness Expert”), soon will disappear from supermarket checkout aisles and newsstands.
The Associated Press reported that the tabloid’s publisher, American Media Inc., issued a brief statement announcing that the Aug. 27 issue would be Weekly World News’ last. It called the closure necessary “due to the challenges in the retail and wholesale magazine marketplace that have impacted the newsstand.”
However, the exploits of Elvis and assorted extra-terrestrials will continue to be reported by the self-styled “World’s Only Reliable Newspaper” on its Web site.