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Gore fans can show their fangs

Horror film magazine 'Fangoria' set to return with a new publisher and a fresh start

By Erich Pilcher
On March 2, 2018

For many people, magazines are an important part of their childhood. From selling them to raise money for new playground equipment at school to reading them on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Waiting anxiously by the mailbox for a subscription to arrive is only half of the thrill.

When I was growing up, going to the comic book shop for new comics was a weekly tradition. While shopping one week I saw a cinematic favorite of mine, Jason Voorhees. I then saw the words “Jason Goes to Hell: The Friday You Have Been Waiting For”.

 I thumbed through the periodical and saw pictures of gore, stories about horror films and horror-themed merchandise. The magazine was called Fangoria. Being a young horror film hound I was hooked. 

Every month I would buy this magazine and was in awe of the color pages, the posters and articles. At the owner of the comic shops behest, I never took it to school and hid it from my mom and aunt. 

As the years went on I read Fangoria and was always aware of horror film news and rumors due to its website.  

I would stop at Barnes and Noble and check their film periodicals and noticed Fangoria was missing. At first it was only delayed, then they would miss months. I started to read about subscribers getting stiffed on issues and a variety of other issues.

 I was shocked and dismayed. I felt like a part of my love of horror films had died. I attempted to read other magazines but none could fill the void left by Fangoria. Then late last year, I saw a post on Fangoria’s Facebook page that their website and publication would be going on hiatus. To me, this was then end of an era. I had come to terms with a fond part of my childhood, teenage and adult years dying. 

 Last week I was on Facebook and saw Fangoria had posted a video and it simply said “The Blood Is Back”. Gleefully, I rushed to the Fangoria website to find that they had been purchased by another company and would begin publishing soon. 

 I immediately asked to be notified when subscriptions would be made available. The excitement was back. In today’s digital world, one can get any magazine digitally. But for me Fangoria can only be read in its true, glossy printed, gore filled form.  

In the modern age, it’s great to see a publication comeback from the dead and it’s fitting for a horror film mag to do this. My plea to the new publishers is this, do not shy away from what made Fangoria great. In today’s politically correct world, be as gory as ever, talk about a film, no matter the content. 

You owe it to the fans, the great horror pioneers that have left us and the legacy of one amazing publication.

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