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Former Editor Says There Will Likely Never Be Another Issue of Fangoria

Print may not yet be dead, but it’s sadly looking like Fangoria is.

*UPDATE: FANGORIA HAS RELEASED AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT ABOUT THEIR FUTURE*

Hanging on a wall in my office is a framed issue of Fangoria Magazine; a destructive Godzilla is on the cover, and most horror fans would immediately recognize it as the historic first issue of the magazine, published in 1979. The influence of Fangoria on several generations of horror fans is undeniable – whether you hungrily ingested the magazine in its heyday or have only heard stories from those who did, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that you, like myself, will forever respect the brand for its game-changing contributions to the genre. Particularly in a pre-internet world, Fangoria was THE source for information on upcoming horror films, its eye-catching covers responsible for tossing countless readers down the proverbial rabbit hole of horror.

But the reality is that here in 2017, magazines are falling by the wayside at an increasingly steady clip. When you can get horror news the instant it breaks on sites like this one and incredibly in-depth analyses of your favorite movies on numerous sites and blogs across the web, well, there’s just not that much incentive to drop nearly $10 on a magazine. And Fangoria has been very publicly going through its own share of troubles in recent years, on top of the inherent issues that come along with trying to run a magazine in an internet-dominated world.

From editors departing to ownership changes and stories of writers being unpaid for their work, Fangoria has been having a rough go at it in recent years; their last print issue hit shelves back in October of 2015, and only a small handful of digital issues have been released since then. You could say the writing has been on the walls for a while, and it seems Fangoria may now be dead.

Ken Hanley, the magazine’s most recent editor-in-chief, took to Twitter last night to break some depressing news. In a series of tweets, Hanley revealed:

Been waiting a long time to say it, but I can finally say: I am no longer involved with FANGORIA. I’ve been on hiatus from the company in mid-December. I’ll always be grateful for the time and opportunity there, so it’s a fucking bummer. For those wondering: there will likely never be another issue of FANGORIA, especially in print, unless there’s new ownership. As for the odds of that happening, there’s a minuscule chance as something was (is?) in the cards, but I’ve personally given up hope.

He added:

I wish for the best for those remaining at FANGO, for however long that may be, especially the Musick team.

We would also like to wish the best of luck to Fangoria and everyone involved with the brand. If this is the end of an era (nothing has been officially reported at this time, so it’s hard to know if it’s truly the end), at least one thing cannot ever be taken away: it was one hell of an era.

Without Fangoria, I’m not sure the horror genre would be as strong as it is today.



COMMENTS

65 Comments
  • Barry Goldsbury

    Damn. I am glad I kept all my issues. I have some going back to 1985.

    • Angela M Campany

      Me too hun ! Got them all in a Wal-Mart bin in my back room ! Sad to see it go ! Had several subscriptions over the years ! Good portion of them still in the black and see-thru bags !

  • Saturn

    Fangoria R.I.P.

    🙁

    During the 80’s and 90’s it was a much loved magazine that I’d buy whenever I could afford it (it cost more over here in the UK, as it would need to be imported).

  • Galaxy_Scribe

    It’s been on life support since Gingold was fired.

    • Green Jello

      Didn’t he quit?

  • G.A. McGillivray

    It only started in ’79?

    Wow that’s so weird. I could swear that when I was young my brother had copies of that magazine around all the time. I can picture Dr. Phibes and Creature From The Black Lagoon…. I was (am) so sure it was out in the early 70’s…. Too lazy to wiki though. I’ll take your word for it!

    • LastCubScout

      You might be thinking of “Famous Monsters” magazine?

      • G.A. McGillivray

        Hmmmmm…. Maybe I am…. That part of my memory (the title on the magazine) is hazy… I just assumed Fangoria. For fun I’ll do some image searching for covers – I can still see the monster cover photos clear as day…. Will be fun. Thanks for the tip!

  • Dave Brown

    Sigh…saw this coming. I was out of the ‘know’ and was really bummed when I couldn’t find any copies at the various book stores and comic shops. Figured this was the next news.
    Anyway, I have so many back issues going back to their start in 79 up until Oct. 2015! I will be holding onto them for as long as possible, and re-reading, as I’m prone to do, for hopefully years to come. Hell, I have an issue where R2-D2 and C-3PO made the cover! And another with Twilight New Moon on the cover! They were always trying to get as much readership as possible, but it was the hardcore horror heads that kep them going.

    RIP Fango, great part of my life, and a big part of my obsession with horror cinema.

    • mazerbo

      I also love the cover with Spock!

  • RedNeoCon

    Fangoria is why I love horror. As a kid in the 1980s, it was the one magazine my mom didn’t want me reading at the comic store…..which of course meant I read it! It opened up a whole new world. To this day, my slacker brother will get me an old back issue or two for my birthday. It’s a pretty sweet deal.

    Magazines are done. But there has to be a way for Fango to live in this digital age.

  • Colin Christian

    I’m old enough to have bought the very first issue on it’s release,I was living in the UK and that magazine was my connection to the US and especially to all the artists working in the FX industry that I admired so much and still do. I bought every issue until 223, each issue has it’s own set of memories and inspiration,that magazine was my inspiration for many years,I salute those responsible for it’s creation and efforts.

  • James DePaolo

    I feel every horror fan can start the sentence with, ” When I was growing up”, that sums up the feeling of this magazine. This is sadly a sign of the times. When you see record stores and video stores dying to dead, you know print would be next. Fangoria, I feel under Chris Alexander had more negatives that separated the fans from the magazine. In 2012, Spiderbaby (who wrote for the magazine) was caught plagiarizing. At first, the magazine and her both denied, but when it came in the open, she was so sorry. Not sorry enough to give up her paycheck to the ones she stole from but sorry enough to run away from online. The magazine tried so hard to separate itself from the fan experience. In 2015, I made an offer to work for them and turn it around. I felt I had ideas and strategies that could personalize the magazine for new fans and not alienate old fans. They did not like my ideas, but used them anyway without giving me credit. The problem is that if someone has an idea, they have a good clue on how to execute it. I felt what Fangoria was about, is asking people for help to attract new readers and keep them alive. That is great, to employ a bunch of people for free and you make a hefty salary. Fangoria, are just the ” Tower Records” of 2017. They could have been saved, maybe?

    • Galaxy_Scribe

      Spoken like a bitter wannabe

      • James DePaolo

        Do not be so hard on yourself. I bet your a good person. You should appreciate life and not be so angry…

        • Galaxy_Scribe

          I do appreciate life. And I laugh knowing that websites that started in 2016 are already vastly more successful than yours.

          • James DePaolo

            Everyone deserves to be successful. I am influential and get a ton of respect..that is what I strive for..thanks for the words. Tell Gingold I said thanks for using my ideas in the past

          • Galaxy_Scribe

            Mmhmm. You’re a desperate wannabe that begs actual publications for jobs (Fangoria, Dreadcentral, BD) and when they ignore you, you call them sell outs.

          • James DePaolo

            You figured me out..I do beg…why not better myself? Not sure if selling out is a thing anymore…we are all surviving the best way possible. I do call hounding readers to pay for your hobby a bs move….but I hate seeing things die..Fangoria could have changed with the times..hired new people not me but anyone who has creativity and spark. I beg so what..I want to be the best and I am honest about it. Are you easy being bitter and attacking someone for wanting more? You must be a billionaire CEO who is content. I am rich but I want more than money…I want to help keep horror and film alive…

  • Sykes

    Starlog and Fango were the absolute balls when I was growing up. But I’ll admit, I wasn’t reading either of them anymore when they stopped being published so it’s only a shame and not a shock.

  • Mark Lepine

    RIP Fango. Many days of my childhood in the 80s were spent in my bedroom reading the mag.

  • Creepshow

    Fangoria will always have mad respect from everyone. But nowadays, if you’re asking more than $10 an issue…it better have naked people, or fantasy football stuff in it.

    • J Jett

      i agree 100%. i freely admit that $10 for a magazine that in many cases is features/covering movies that either aren’t very good or just don’t interest me is way too much to pay.

  • turk

    I haven’t read Fango in years, but I do subscribe to the print version of Horror Hound (through my comic sub service). I still like having print magazines. Putzing around on a tablet just doesn’t do it for me. Novels work well on Kindles and such, but not magazines or comics.

  • Russell Reball

    I worked at the Post Office in the town Fangoria was headquartered. I knew something was up when the owner stopped coming in to mail issues to all his subscribers. But I wasn’t a subscriber myself, so alas… I was part of the problem.

  • J Jett

    i thought they hadn’t put out print issues for many years. i’m surprised that they were printing issues as recently as 2015. didn’t their warehouse(?) that housed all their back-issues/current issues have a fire and/or burn down a few years ago? i could have sworn i read that somewhere. i have a ton of Fangoria issues (mostly from the 80’s & 90’s) but i haven’t purchased an issue in almost a decade due to many reasons (movies being covered aren’t very good or they use CGI rather than practical fx (which is a big reason why i’d love to read earlier issues), etc. etc.)).

    • art123guy

      The fire was on Dec. 5, 2007. Issues 345-348 are digital only, making 344 their last printed issue.

  • Patrick Urrutia

    I loved Fangoria Magazine from back in the 1990s. These days while I have most of the issues from 2012 to 2014 at least, the nonsense crap I cant stand from Fangoria such as the in fighting and the piss poor excuse that the Internet blogs are better than magazine issues.

    Fangoria had its fun releasing magazine issues to places like Barnes and Noble.

    Too bad that Fangoria magazine is dead. For now. They should just stick with magazine issues since there’s still tons of good horror movies lately including Rings and Rob Zombie’s 31

  • Gary Springer

    Been a fan since the Uncle Bob days. It’s sad to see all my favourite genre magazines going the way of the Bronto-Burger.

  • So sad. I’ll never forget my first issue. It was a bright pink spine with James Marsden’s Spike on the cover. I thought I’d found the holy grail at the time.

    • Adam Clifton

      James Marsters. James Marsden was Cyclops in X-Men

  • Adam Clifton

    This is very depressing. I’ve been collecting every issue of Fangoria since 1997, (the cover had Event Horizon) on the front. What was the last issue number that was released? I want to know if I have them all

    • art123guy

      Issues 345-348 are digital only, making 344 their last printed issue.

      • Adam Clifton

        Ok, thanks 🙁

      • Adam Clifton

        I just checked. I have it, it’s got Elvira on the front cover

  • Jason Scarpelli

    You posted about the end of fangoria in April of 2016. This is no surprise

  • John Connor

    I’d write for them free of charge.

  • The Horror Hunter

    What’s Chucky gonna jerk it to now!

  • Jim Stafford

    Really sad news, and truly the end of an era. I feel like I’ve always been aware of Fangoria; since I was a kid looking up at newsagents shelves and being intrigued/terrified by the covers, to saving up to buying the odd issue as a horror loving teen (along with Dark Side magazine, which I’m guessing has gone the same way), to buying every issue in my early 20s (despite not having time to read them) and then dropping off as I got older, but still flicking through excitedly when I found an issue in a comic shop, or movie memorabilia store.

  • Alanmac

    Very sad news. I can remember growing up and reading these cover to cover at the local news stand in NC every month.

  • Alanmac

    Even made an appearance on the best episode of the greatest television show of the 80’s……

    • jyk

      Morton Downey Jr.?

  • James Bett Jr

    Nice paid for a subscription to Fango as well as Gorezone and have never ever gotten even one issue. No refund……nothing. Go figure

    • baronterror

      I remember when Gorezone ended. I prefered that to Fango much of the time and I remember it really startling me. Nowadays it’s assumed days are numbered or even a surprise that they are still around. Fango got alot of press and fond remembrances, I’m glad someone remembers Gorezone.

  • James Bett Jr

    Pretty sad as I wont go to any of their web shit. Im a collector and enjoy having a print copy in my collection. Hopefully the competitors keep going or Ill just have to be done with it all. Digital Distribution does nothing for me be it movies, games, magazines, etc.

  • baronterror

    I echo the sentiments. I looked to Fangoria the same way I’m sure people much older than me looked at Famous Monsters (I was too young for the original magazine run) and it was a doorway into a world I was desparate to get into. I must admit it has been years since I bought one, maybe almost a decade, so I totally understand this. I had actually been buying Rue Morgue magazine sorta regularly, but even that has been at least 5 years, maybe more. Hell of a thing, getting older.

  • Zombie_Kitty

    Fangoria have just released an official statement regarding this: http://www.fangoria.com/new/fangoria-will-continue-in-2017-official-statement/

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    Can’t they continue online?

    • Their sites are continuing on via their own site and their Facebook and Twitter pages.

  • Mike tantatelli

    I was wondering what was up with the web site. Everything is in disarray apparently. What a bummer.

  • Evan3

    RIP Fangoria

  • shawn lawson

    Fucking sad man. Fangoria grabbed me by the balls at the age of 15 and never let up. It made me care about something. I dont like sports. Hate politics. Music is cool but i dont spend hours looking for new bands like i do with horror flicks. Im babbling. Point is thank you, Fangoria. We’re lucky to have. A great site like BD nowadays and i hope you continue on through Fangoria.com. im gonna miss driving to comics store to pick up latest issue just as much as a Blockbuster trip haha. Awww…this sucks!

  • Ben Tramer

    Good riddance honestly. In a genre where the unseen is very important, horror movies are full of scenes that really shouldn’t be viewed out of context ahead of time. Often the less we see of a monster the scarier it can be. Fangoria loved to splash those scenes across its pages, showing us everything that would have otherwise scared us. I would always open a Fangoria and see either the exact moment in a movie that should have been a surprise, or detailed images of monsters that should have been left largely up to the imagination.

  • Fangoria is pretty much dead at this point,for the 1979-1985 years(the UncleBob martin era) were truly the best years of the magazine’s run before they later became a corporate conglamerate zine and were at one considered the Holy Grail of both horror magazines and horror conventions(in the late 80s,the 90s,and the 00s/2000). Chris Alexander tried his best at keeping the zine alive wit his mature and adult approach to it,but as James DePaolo points out everyone that worked with that zine(when Tom DiLeo took over the Fango publishing empire in 2009) got screwed,with Lianne Spiderbaby’s plagarism and her controversial article on how I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2010(which many felt was a work to promote that very film) offended her(even though she was a fan of such films as SALO:THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM) having brought on a lot of further hurt to the Fango empire. It’s best to remember Fangoria for the 1979-1985 era and the fun times they’ve always provided us all with. Peace.

    • Green Jello

      The problem with Chris is that he cared more about promoting himself then the mag. He used a fake name to promote one of his films in an issue and even created a “Fangoria Music” label just so he could release his music under the Fangoria brand. Fangoria was just a means to an end for him.

  • Brian de Castro

    For anyone wishing to help out Bob Martin, Fangoria’s illustrious editor during its formative years, as he is going through some serious health issues, you can go to: https://www.gofundme.com/uncle-bob-martins-medical-fund
    As for the current state of Fangoria, I am not ready to give up hope. The magazine was a mainstay in my life since issue #3 (I have every issue now) and there’s a void without it. Websites, like Bloody Disgusting, are great for getting up-to-date info, and other mags, like Rue Morgue, Horrorhound and Scream, are awesome, but there’s only one Fango. Hoping, like Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers and other horror icons, it finds a way to be resurrected.

  • Fester B. Gone

    Fangoria was an overpriced rag since about 2000 with mostly ad’s. But as Egon Spengler said “Print is dead”.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    They always had the worst magazine covers. It’s crucial to selling copies and they would just zoom in on some ugly face for virtually every copy for decades and think that’s gunna get people to grab a copy. They never treated it like art.

  • Green Jello

    Fangoria’s greatest years were in the 80s and 90s. By the turn of the Century they really went down the toilet.

  • James Allard

    They were kind enough to publish an article I’d written. Never got paid for it, didn’t even get a contributor copy. Still, I never wished ill on them. It is what it is.

  • Horror Companion

    Hey fans,

    We interviewed Fango’s most recent former editor on our podcast — Mobile Horror Companion. We’re on Twitter, iTunes, and your mom subscribes to us on YouTube.
    The episode was released yesterday.
    Enjoy.

  • Andrew Ray

    It really is a shame. But let’s be realistic. The glory days of both Fangoria and horror in general are long gone. There are several reasons Fangoria has gone down the drain. Like the article mentioned, print is dead. I myself don’t believe that. Fangoria readers have always been loyal and as long as the magazine offers something worth a damn the readers will be there. Unfortunately, the magazine is only as good as the movies it’s covering, and horror has taken a nose dive thanks to garbage like the Saw sequels, Hostel and Asian horror. There just isn’t enough quality films being made to make the magazine relevant anymore. The horror genre is nothing like it was from a span of about 79-89, with filmmakers churning out classic after classic. Those were the best years, and not coincidentally Fangoria’s best as well. Another factor, the price. I hadn’t picked up an issue since July of 2005, The Devils Rejects issue, until I came across an issue celebrating the anniversary of one of my favorite films, Dario Argentos Phenomena. I was shocked when I saw the $11 price. Never the less I picked it up. A week later I actually came across the film itself and paid less than I did for the magazine. Same thing with It Follows issue, I paid less for the blu ray than the actual issue and had it been in a theater near me I would have paid less for a ticket than the damn magazine. That just doesn’t seem right. If you really want to enjoy Fangoria just go to Amazon and pick up some of the early issues, in a lot of cases you’ll actually pay less for one of the classic issues than you would for a new one, and that’s awesome. I myself have been putting together the first 70 issues piece by piece since 1987, making two trips a week for the last 30 years to my local comic book store The Great Escape. I’m proud to saw out of the first 70 I am only missing issues 6, 19, 20, 21 and 23. Just pick up the classic issues. They are still, after almost 40 years, a great read. I wish there was a way to save the magazine. Unless the quality and quantity of horror movies improves there’s really nothing they can do. One thing I did like about the more recent issues was the focus on the classic movies that once graced the covers of Fangoria in it’s heyday and the fact that the magazine’s cover went back to almost the exact same layout as the first few issues, including the font of the title. I hoped all this would renew interest. I’d be happy to lend my talents and ideas.

  • Jacob Briggs

    So, how do I get my money back? They seem to be ignoring my mails, tweets and facebook posts.

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