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The launch of the magazine was delayed by several months as the court deliberated the issue. When, in early , the decision was made in favor of the plaintiff, the publishers of Fantastica were without a usable name, and a pressing need to get the long-delayed issue to the printers.
Some quick brainstorming sessions resulted in the name Fangoria, over the objections of Robert "Bob" Martin , who was hired as editor during the delay.
The first issue went to print July 31, , with a cover date of August. Two phenomena allowed Martin to reshape the magazine and bring it back from its low-performing state. First was the immensely positive audience response to one of the articles that appeared in the first issue of Fangoria, an article that celebrated the craft of special makeup effects artist Tom Savini , and his very wet-looking special effects for the film Dawn of the Dead.
Second was the response to the sense of defeat surrounding the magazine. With its demise all but certain, senior employees and the two owners of the publishing firm withdrew and allowed the untried young editor to take the lead, reshaping the book according to what he believed would work. It also was the first issue of Fangoria to achieve a profit. Subsequent issues would sharpen the focus, but by issue twelve, the formula was well-set, and remains largely unchanged to this date.
Martin continued as editor up to , with co-editor David Everitt added in the early s, and after leaving Fangoria worked with film director Frank Henenlotter on the screenplays for Frankenhooker and Basket Case 3: The Progeny. These foreign editions released in Italy, Japan, Czechoslovakia and elsewhere lasted only a handful of editions before being discontinued.
Additionally, in May , a sister publication titled Gorezone was first published. A second sister publication, titled Toxic Horror followed in Gorezone was cancelled after twenty-seven issues and one special Tales from the Crypt -themed issue. Toxic Horror was cancelled after five issues.
In , Timpone brought in managing editor Michael Gingold , having been previously introduced to his horror-themed fanzine , Scareaphenalia. On December 5, , a warehouse operated by Kable News, in Oregon, Illinois , which contained all back issues of Fangoria and Starlog magazines, was destroyed by fire. As back issues of Fangoria are not re-printed, the only remaining back issues are now housed in private collections or those available on the secondary market.
Starting with issue , the original Fangoria logo was re-designed and the trademark "film strip", tagline and additional embedded photos were removed. After consistent fan protest of the changes, the original logo returned starting with issue The "film strip" photos returned briefly beginning with issue Alexander also brought back the original Fangoria logo. In , Gorezone was revived with a special The Bloody Best of Gorezone issue before resuming regular publication with issue 28 in In , Fangoria also began publishing a line of limited edition specials titled Fangoria Legends.
He also stated that if the magazine remained under its current ownership, he felt that there would likely never be another new issue, especially as a print edition.
Since that time, only four additional issues were published but as digital exclusive editions, leaving subscribers of the hard copy editions, as well as Gorezone subscribers, without the issues they paid for.
Additionally, contributors such as Josh Hadley have stated that they remain unpaid for published articles and artwork. The statement also noted that lack of sufficient ad revenue had been the reason for the disappearance of print editions but that DeFeo and his staff would continue their attempts to bring print editions back. Sonnier named Phil Nobile Jr.
Death" website as its new editor-in-chief. The company further announced that they would bring back the magazine as a quarterly, exclusively print-based publication, and offer a one-year free subscription to anyone who never received the issues to which they were entitled under the old ownership. In addition to Gingold and Timpone returning as regular columnists, Cinestate further announced that the new writing staff would be composed of S.
In October , Cinestate published their first issue of the magazine, stylized as "Volume 2, Issue 1," featuring a cover story on the film Halloween. After breaking ties with Creation in , Fangoria began their own conventions, titling them the "Trinity of Terrors". They created Children of the Night in and Severed Ties in , then ceased production. In , Fangoria began honoring horror cinema with their annual Chainsaw Awards, which were voted on by readers of their magazine.
The event was not renewed for , although the awards continued in the magazine. From to , Fangoria worked with Creative Group after it had purchased Fangoria in the early s. Fangoria Entertainment was created as a result. This allowed both parties to agitate the Fangoria brand identity to a number of other media outlets in From to there was Fangoria TV. Originally conceived as a network television station dedicated to horror films, it was eventually modified to fit a limited online format.
From to there was Fangoria Radio. In June , Fangoria Comics was launched. For various reasons, the line abruptly ended a month later in August. Thereafter, the homepage has been a simple landing page offering subscribers the ability to contact the new staff, submit inquiries, or subscribe to the new publication. Beginning in the awards were expanded and an annual ceremony was inaugurated to give out the awards.
Looking Back: the First Issue of GOREZONE!
The launch of the magazine was delayed by several months as the court deliberated the issue. When, in early , the decision was made in favor of the plaintiff, the publishers of Fantastica were without a usable name, and a pressing need to get the long-delayed issue to the printers. Some quick brainstorming sessions resulted in the name Fangoria, over the objections of Robert "Bob" Martin , who was hired as editor during the delay. The first issue went to print July 31, , with a cover date of August. Two phenomena allowed Martin to reshape the magazine and bring it back from its low-performing state. First was the immensely positive audience response to one of the articles that appeared in the first issue of Fangoria, an article that celebrated the craft of special makeup effects artist Tom Savini , and his very wet-looking special effects for the film Dawn of the Dead.
Gorezone (1988 O'Quinn) comic books
Series: Gorezone Magazine