Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fangoria Flashbacks: In the Beginning...



Since 1993, I've been an avid reader of the venerable horror fanzine Fangoria, the last magazine standing from Starlog Press.  Starting up in 1979 but announced in 1978 as Fantastica, it was initially intended to have a focus on fantasy films as opposed to the more straightforward sci-fi approach its big brother, sci-fi juggernaut Starlog took.  After some litigation over the name of the magazine being to similar to a few other publications on the market, the name was changed to Fangoria and issue #1 was unleashed in August of 1979.

After some growing pains (as in losing around $20,000 an issue and an overall feeling of defeat in the office), it changed to a straight-up horror magazine and flourished throughout the 80's and 90's with the occasional slip popping up every now and then.  It still runs today with a cool retro look and feel to it that really takes one back to the mid-80's when the fanzine was huge.

This series is not intended to be a full accounting of the magazine's history as I simply do not have all of the issues and would prefer to keep things more nostalgic in terms of scope.  I will be examining the issues I have (a ton, believe me) as well as some of the movies and people covered throughout the years with the occasional note on design and layout.

Coming Soon:  The Journey into Fear Begins!

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I've been a huge fan of action, horror and comedy for as long as I can remember.