Fangoria 1996-1999: Countdown to the Millennium
After some thought, I have decided to re-vamp the series once more. The year-by-year, issue-by-issue thing worked up to a point but I sort of feel burnt out with that format. It's gotten repetitious and if there is one thing that is the death of creativity, it is repetition. Therefore, I will be briefly covering the magazine in five year increments (four in this case), taking more of a personal perspective since this was really the peak time for me as a fan of the magazine. Rather than examining each issue in depth, I will throw out a little blurb for the ones I have read and have an opinion/memory of. Sort of a hybrid of the Fangoria series and the VHS Memories stuff I used to do (and may do again). These will be longer than normal posts (to put it mildly since now I'll be showing all the issues from each year), but hopefully they will be informative and entertaining as well. After that, I will do a piece on covers I missed and then this project will be done.
As I said in another post, Fangoria got me hooked on the genre in the summer of 1993 and has maintained an iron grip ever since. Give or take a few small gaps and one or two large ones.
They had some pretty nice covers too.
1998 was interesting in that by this point, the genre was in full on "Let's take the Scream approach to everything!" with self-awareness, teen casts and floating head poster art that looked like ads for the new WB teen drama. There are some good elements, however and the magazine is pretty much the same it was in 1997.
1999 was actually a pretty good year for horror even if the magazine was stagnating. The articles were fine but there was an overall feeling of staleness to the product. The publication was about to undergo some pretty massive changes in the next decade with pretty much the only constant being a lack of certainty.
Coming soon: Fangoria 2000-2004, The Lean Years