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Fangoria is rising from the dead.
The horror magazine, which in the 1980s and 1990s was the premier stop for articles and scoops from the horror movie scene, is being resurrected by Cinestate, the multimedia company behind Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99. Sister publications, the sci-fi mag Starlog and another horror title Gorezone, are also part of the deal.
Cinestate, the Texas-based entertainment company run by CEO Dallas Sonnier, has acquired all the assets and trademarks of the Fangoria brand, including the magazine, from The Brooklyn Co.
Phil Nobile Jr., previously the editor-at-large at movie website Birth.Movies.Death.com, has been hired as editor-in-chief for the new Fangoria, which will be a collectible quarterly. The first issue will drop this fall in time for Halloween.
Fangoria was launched in 1979 and became the go-to publication for horror fans. At the height of its popularity, it had its own awards show, expanded into horror conventions, and was involved in producing movies and comics. As with other print publications, Fangoria suffered in the digital age as ad support dwindled.
“Fangoria is not something that competes with online blogs. Fangoria is not an algorithm,” said Nobile in a statement. “Fangoria is something you hold in your hands, something you spend a bit of time with in the real world. That’s what it was for decades, and that’s what we’re going to make it again.”
Popular Fangoria writers Tony Timpone and Michael Gingold will return to the magazine with their own columns, and to consult for the company.
Additionally, the publication already has scored contributor commitments from, among others,Cell Block 99 filmmaker S. Craig Zahler, Ashlee Blackwell (Graveyard Shift Sisters), Samuel Zimmerman (Shudder), Grady Hendrix (Paperbacks From Hell), Meredith Borders (former editorial director of Birth.Movies.Death), horror historian Rebekah McKendry and Preston Fassel (whose project Our Lady of the Inferno is in development at Cinestate).
Nobile will act as the creator-director of the Fangoria brand and lead the charge of bringing in voices for the new iteration.
Cinestate is not just keeping Fangoria print-focused. The plan calls for producing movies and podcasts, as well as publishing horror novels. Cinestate vp Amanda Presmyk will head up production on a slate of Fangoria-presented movies that Sonnier will bring to the table for Cinestate’s new label.
Cinestate is in post on a re-imagining of the Puppet Master franchise, as well as Zahler’s next movie, Dragged Across Concrete, for Lionsgate starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn.
Cinestate published its first novel in January – Zahler’s Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child. The book is being being developed into a feature by Zahler, Cinestate and The Jim Henson Co.
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