title = Fangoria

| image_size = 200px | image_caption = "Fangoria, Issue 7"
editor = Anthony Timpone
frequency = Monthly (10 issues annually)
category = Horror (beginning with Issue 7), originally Fantasy | company = Starlog Group
firstdate = 1979
country = United States
website = [ Official site]

"Fangoria" is an internationally-distributed US film fan magazine specializing in the genres of horror, slasher, splatter and exploitation films, in regular publication since 1979.


"Fangoria" was first planned in 1978 under the name "Fantastica" as a companion to the science fiction media magazine "Starlog"; just as "Starlog" covered science fiction films for a primarily teenaged audience, "Fantastica" was intended to cover fantasy films for a similar audience. The publishers were anticipating a groundswell of interest in fantasy owing to the plans at that time for bringing Robert E. Howard's "Conan the Barbarian" to the screen, plans first announced in 1978.

The Conan film did not arrive until several years later and, when it did, no groundswell in the demand for fantasy films occurred. But before the magazine was even launched, other factors intervened to change the magazine's focus and direction.

The first issue was assembled under the editorship of "Joe Bonham," a pseudonym taken from the quadriplegic hero of Dalton Trumbo's pacifist novel "Johnny Got His Gun". This was a cover for "Rolling Stone" contributor and screenwriter Ed Naha and writer Ric Meyers, best known for his encyclopedic "Great Martial Arts Movies: From Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan."

Shortly after the publishing trade press announced the coming launch of "Fantastica", the publishers of a "Starlog" competitor, "Fantastic Films" magazine, brought suit on the basis of "unfair trade," contending that its young audience would be confused by the magazine's similar title.

The launch of the magazine was delayed by several months as the court deliberated the issue. When, in early 1979, 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 of "Fangoria" was entirely designed around the original "fantasy film" concept for the magazine, and proved to be an abysmal failure, as were several issues that followed, all continuing with the same conceptual approach.

By the time that issue number four was on the stand and number six was in preparation, the publisher confided to Martin that the magazine was losing approximately $20,000 per issue, not an amount that the small publisher could continue to sustain for long.

Two phenomena allowed Martin to reshape the magazine and bring it back from the abyss of debt. 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 1978 film "Dawn of the Dead".

Second was the palpable stench of defeat that was surrounding "Fangoria". With its demise all but certain, senior employees and the two owners of the publishing firm stood back from the fray and allowed the untried young editor to take the lead, reshaping the entire book according to what he believed would work.

Issue seven, with a cover story on Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shining", was the first issue of any national magazine to wholly concern itself with horror film as produced in the closing quarter of the 20th Century, with no trace of daintiness about its subject matter. 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 to 1986, with co-editor David Everitt added in the early 1980s, and after leaving "Fangoria" worked with film director Frank Henenlotter on the screenplays for "Frankenhooker" and "". Everitt left the magazine shortly after Martin's departure, and was replaced by current editor Tony Timpone.

In the late 1980s and early 90s, "Fangoria" tested the horror market in numerous international markets, releasing issues of the magazine modified for various foreign languages. These publishings (released in Italy, Japan, Czechoslovakia, and elsewhere) lasted only a handful of editions before being discontinued.

In 1990, Timpone brought current managing editor Michael Gingold on-board, having been previously introduced to his horror-themed fanzine, "Scareaphenalia". [ Fangoria - Meet The Staff ] ] In addition to his editorial duties at the magazine, Gingold posts the majority of the news updates at [] .

Creative Group purchased "Fangoria" (and its parent publication Starlog) in the early 2000s, hoping to branch out the brand identity of the magazine to radio, television, and comics. After several failed ventures, Creative Group filed for Chapter 11 on March 21, 2008. [ [ American LaFrance, Delphi, Haven, Marcal, Creative: Bankruptcy] 08-10975, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan), March 24, 2008.]

As they have been since their inception Fangoria Magazine is currently the most widely-read horror-themed publication in the world. Their center of operations, as of 2008, is based in New York City's Times Square.

Fangoria Branches Out

Starting in 1985 and carrying on to today, "Fangoria" has sponsored annual horror movie conventions known as the Weekend of Horrors in Los Angeles, New Jersey, and Chicago (with Austin, Texas added in 2008). [ [ Official Website of Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors Conventions] .] These conventions are produced in association with Creation Entertainment.

In 1991, "Fangoria" began honoring horror cinema with their annual Chainsaw Awards, which were voted on by readers of their magazine. The winners were announced at an awards show in Los Angeles, California, which was produced by Fangoria's managing editor, Michael Gingold. While the Chainsaw Awards continued in the magazine, the awards show was stopped after 1996.

Fangoria Films

In 1990, "Fangoria" created Fangoria Films, with the goal of financing one feature film a year under this banner. The first film was 1990's "Mindwarp", starring Bruce Campbell. They then created "Children of the Night" in 1991 and "Severed Ties" in 1992 before ceasing production. [ [ Motion Pictures produced by Fangoria Films] , Internet Movie Database, Accessed: 15 May 2008]

In 1996, Fangoria Films re-emerged as a distribution company, occasionally using their "Gore Zone" label, to release twenty low-budget horror features over the next ten years.

From 1999 to 2003, they partnered with Bedford Entertainment to attain wider releases of certain "Fangoria" titles [ [ Fangoria Takes Bite out of Film Market] , Hollywood Reporter (Subscription required for full article), Accessed: 16 May 2008] . Movies released during this time included ', "The Last Horror Movie", "Slashers", and "Dead Meat" [ [ Motion Pictures distributed by Fangoria Films] , Internet Movie Database, Accessed: 15 May 2008] . Many of these films featured the "Fangoria" logo along the top of their video/DVD covers, while "Fangorias involvement in other releases was substantially more subdued.

In 2004/2005, Fangoria Films produced and distributed Fangoria's Blood Drive, two DVD compilations of award-winning short horror films. The first volume was hosted by musician-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie, and the second by MuchMusic's (now called FUSE) Mistress Juliya.

With Creative Group

After their purchase by Creative Group in the early 2000s, they developed Fangoria Entertainment. This allowed both parties to attach the "Fangoria" brand identity to a number of other media outlets in 2006. Creative Group also added a new "Vampire Skull" logo to Fangoria's properties, which has been used extensively online since its inception.

* Fangoria TV, originally conceived as a network television station dedicated to horror films, was eventually modified to fit a limited online format in 2006.

* Fangoria Radio debuted on Friday, June 23, 2006. It is a horror-themed talk radio program which now airs on Sirius Radio Channel 102 on Friday nights. It is hosted by Dee Snider, Debbie Rochon, and regularly features "Fangoria" editor Tony Timpone.

* Announced at San Diego's Comicon International in 2006, Fangoria Comics launched in June 2007. For various reasons, the line abruptly ended in August 2007. [ [ "Fangoria Comics" Shuts Down, Projects, Staff Relocate] , Newsarama Press Release, September 26, 2007]

* In association with FUSE TV, "Fangoria" first televised its Chainsaw Awards in 2006. The event occurred on October 15, and was aired on FUSE on October 22. The event was not renewed for 2007, although the awards continued in the magazine. [ [ "Fangoria" Announces Chainsaw Nominees!] , Cinematical, August 26, 2006]

Warehouse Fire

On December 5, 2007, a warehouse operated by Kable News, in Oregon, Illinois, which contained all back issues of "Fangoria" and "Starlog" magazines, burned to the ground. As back issues of "Fangoria" are not re-printed, the only remaining back issues are now housed in private collections. [ [ Fires Burns Fangoria] , Dread Central, December 10, 2007]

In Other Media

"Fangoria" has appeared or been mentioned in various media outlets, usually pertaining to its significance to the horror film industry.

*"Debbie" (Tracie Savage) reads an issue of "Fangoria" shortly before her death in "Friday the 13th 3-D" (1982).

*One of the flatmates in BBC2's "The Young Ones" is seen reading an issue of "Fangoria" in the 1984 episode "Nasty" (an episode about them attempting to watch a VHS video nasty).

*An issue of "Fangoria" is featured in the trunk of Ash's Oldsmobile in the film, "Army of Darkness" (1993).

*The film "Brainscan" (1994) prominently features "Fangoria", giving the magazine a rather important role in the movie. It is through an ad in the magazine that the main character discovers the titular video game.

*In "The Simpsons" episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" (1996), bus driver Otto Mann takes a photograph of Lisa Simpson with various foodstuff stuck in her hair, claiming, "Fangoria" will pay me fifty bucks for this photo!" Several months later, the magazine published the "pic" of Lisa with the gum in her hair.

*"Chucky" masturbates while looking at an issue of "Fangoria" in the film "Seed of Chucky" (2004).
**Additionally, the "Child's Play" comic series by Innovation Publishing features Chucky reading a copy of "Fangoria" in issue one; and a character named Russ Timpone, who claims to have no relation to Tony Timpone ("even though that'd be cool"), appears in the same tale. [ [ Movie Maniac Comic Books - Child's Play] Icons of, Accessed June 11, 2008]

*In in the 2004 music video of "I'm Not Okay" by the band My Chemical Romance, "Fangoria" is listed in the introduction as one of the main characters interests.

*Frank Rossitano (Judah Friedlander) wears a black Fangoria t-shirt throughout the "30 Rock" episode, "Cleveland".

*In the 2007 film "Death Proof", an issue of "Fangoria" is displayed in a magazine rack at a convenience store.

Image Gallery



*Weekend of Horrors
*Bloody Disgusting

External links

* [ Official site]
* [ FANGORIA Radio]
* [ FANGOFEEDER Horror News Aggregator]

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