The Ultimate Unknown
The Ultimate Unknown was a small press publication edited by David D. Combs and published by Combs Press in Streamwood, Illinois, U.S.A.
Devoted to science fiction and horror, the first issue was released in 1995. Issue #23 was released in August 2001.
Poetry was contributed by Joel Ambroise, Sharon Fotta Anderson, John Benson & Tina Reigel, Josh Bingham, Donna T. Burgess (The Blue Lady), Kecia D. Carlson, Craig Cartright, G. O. Clark, David Clink, Greg Crawford, Jennifer Crow, Joseph V. Danoski, Jim DeWitt, Tim DiVito, A. H. Ferguson, Bill Ford, Jr., Christopher Friend, Joyce Frohn, Brice P. Gorman, Ralph Greco, Ray Greenblatt, John Grey, Robert Haase, K. S. Hardy, C. David Hay, Gerald R. Hibbs, Aaron W. Hillman, Christopher Hivner, Terrence Jackson, John Allen Jaynes, JeanPaul Jenack, Norman J. Jewell, Sarah Kozlowski, Jonathan David Levine, David Magdalene, Denny E. Marshall, Raymond Mason, Errol Miller, Ned Pendergast, Richard William Pierce, Terry Pieszchala, John Picinich, Claus Ranswell, Walter J. Reum, P.J. Roberts, William P. Robertson, Susan M. Sanders, Lisa D. Sharp, Bobbi Sinha-Morey, Sheila Sloan, Paul Sohar, Douglas M. Stokes, Donna Taylor, Brandon W. Totman (Contortions), Joseph Veronneau, Leo Weber, Louise Webster, Mary Louise Westbrook, Moira Wiley, Ulf Wiman, and Mary Winters.
Fiction was contributed by Dr. Frank Allen, Sean G. Alt, C. S. Anderson, Dennis S. Beecher, Jeff Berkwits, Josh Bingham, Matt Brashears, Humphrey Brown, Dan Buck, Justin Buffington, Carolene Carey, Robert Collins, Michael Crye, Barbara A. Custer, Lawrence R. Dagstine, D. E. Davidson, Eric Leif Davin, Suzanne Donahue, Stefano Donati, Kevin L. Donihe, Louise Dragon, J. Spencer Dreischarf, Matt Duvall, J. Alan Erwine, Tom Gardner, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Ken Goldman, Gordon A. Graves, P. K. Graves, Rich Gray, Paula Guran, Valerie Hardin, Douglas Hewitt, Lorelei K. Hickman, Christopher Hivner, Gerard Houarner, Deborah Hunt, Jeff Ianniello, Charlee Jacob, Jeff Jensen, M. F. Korn, Anke Kriske (Doppelganger), Robert A. Kukla, Rick Lawler, Meta E. Lee, D.F. Lewis, Phil Locascio, Geoffrey R. Lucier, Derwin Mak, Barbara Malenky, William Marden, Frances McCarthy, Dennis McDade, Craig McLean, Bonnie Mercure, Beverly Moore, Marguerite Mullaney, Michele Patterson, Christopher Phillips, Todd Powell, Michelle Pucci, James Rada, Jr., Mark Rich (Treaders of Starlight, The Silent Planet, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry), James P. Roberts, David G. Rogers (Freezer Burn Magazine), Barbara Rosen, John R. Sanderson, Ron Sanderson, L. B. Sedlacek, Karen Simonyan, Denise Sodaro, Philip L. Steele, Mike Stickel, Ginger Strivelli, Douglas M. Stokes, Mark Sutton, Jim Terry, Joan Tripp, Edward M. Turner, Ryan G. Van Cleave, L. P. Van Ness, Steven E. Wedel, K. A. Williams, Tom Wilson, III, and Jeffrey P. Woodard.
Articles, reviews, and essays were contributed by Carole Adduci, Dan Buck, David D. Combs, Ralitsa Raitcheva Combs, Michael E. Crye, Alicia Karen Elkins, Kathie Hudleston, Chyane Llree, Lisa Major, Douglas M. Stokes, Ph. D., L. P. Van Ness, and Mike Whitchead.
Featured interviews were with Larry Niven in issue #20, Jean Lorrah (Pandora) and April Lee in #21, Steven Sullivan in #22, and Paul Clower in #23 .