The rumors of Fangoria’s death have been greatly exaggerated.
It was almost exactly a year ago that Fangoria owner/president Tom DeFeo posted a vague, apologetic message to the magazine’s readers. Though it has since been deleted, it read (in part):
“I’d like to thank readers and subscribers for their patience as we deal with our internal issues. We will carry forward and devote our efforts to make amends with all that have been inconvenienced in our current state of affairs.”
Ultimately, the post promised the seminal horror mag would pick up the pieces and carry on at some point in 2017; obviously, that didn’t happen.
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Last October, Entertainment Weekly seemed to put the final nail in the coffin with the publication of an article called Magazine of the Living Dead: The bloody rise and frightful fall of Fangoria. It read, in part:
Alas, it is possible that the next generation of horror hounds will be learning about new films or classic releases elsewhere. Although Fangoria has not officially closed, and articles continue to appear on its website, no new edition of the title has been published since camp horror icon Elvira graced the cover of issue #344 in the fall of 2015. Tony Timpone, who was the magazine’s editor-in-chief from 1986 to 2010, says the apparent demise of the title has hit longtime readers hard. “It’s a great crowd, the Fangoria fans,” he explains. “They were very dedicated to the magazine and they’re heartbroken to not have it to hold in their hands anymore.” Those fans include director David F. Sandberg, who had a huge hit with his debut film, 2016’s Lights Out, and then found more success with this year’s Conjuring universe prequel, Annabelle: Creation. “I’m so sad they’re not around anymore,” says the Swede. “My dream was to have a movie featured in Fangoria, you know — and now that magazine doesn’t exist anymore.”
I would say “Stop the presses” except, in this case, they’ve been off since 2015. However, a video just appeared on Fangoria’s Official Website. The minute-long clip shows a horror fan enjoyed Fangoria online when he’s summoned by a furious wrapping at his front door. While no one appears to be there, an issue Fangoria is thrust through the mail-slot with the messages “BACK IN PRINT” and “NEW BLOOD”.
We don’t have any further details at this point, but we’ll keep you posted as details emerge. Stay tuned!
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