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It lives! Fangoria comes back from the dead as print magazine

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Feb 15, 2018

Fangoria Magazine, the nearly 40-year-old horror movie mag that earned the love from such filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino, James Gunn and Eli Roth, among others, is rising from its grave to be a print magazine again. We should have known—our favorite monsters never die. 

Like Jason Vorhees and Freddy Kreuger, Fangoria has cheated death and is back to give fans what they want. Namely, buckets of (fake) blood. 

Entertainment company Cinestate has bought Fangoria and all related assets from The Brooklyn Company. After Cinestate CEO Dallas Sonnier courted the previous publisher Thomas DeFeo for months, the two have signed an agreement to turn the rights over to Sonnier & Cinestate.

Sonnier tapped film writer Phil Nobile Jr. as editor-in-chief of Fangoria Magazine. Nobile—former editor-at-large for the website Birth.Movies.Death. and writer/producer for Stage 3 Productions in Philadelphia—will also be creative director for the entire Fangoria brand.

“There needs to be a Fangoria,” said Nobile in a news release issued by Cinestate. “The magazine was a constant presence in the genre since 1979—and then one day it was gone.” 

Nobile added that the magazine was “a privileged window into the world of horror” and “nurtured a wave of talent that’s out there driving the genre today.” 

Billed as “The first in fright since 1979,” Fangoria Magazine garnered a repuation as the world's definitive horror publication at the height of its popularity. The magazine rose to prominence by running exclusive interviews with horror filmmakers and offering behind-the-scenes photos and stories. And remember, this was pre-Internet, so it’s not like this advanced word on horror films was easily available elsewhere in the 1980s and ‘90s. 

But in February 2017, the magazine’s then-owners announced the departure of editor-in-chief Ken Hanley. Since then, Fangoria had not named an official editor and no new issues were published. All seemed lost for gore aficionados. 

Sonnier said in a statement he is “fully committed to restoring faith in Fangoria with the horror fan community” and is looking to bring previous Fangoria contributors “back into the tent for future collaborations.”

The magazine's new owner also plans to develop Fangoria into a brand for producing movies and podcasts, as well as publishing horror novels.

The briefly moribund magazine is back to being as a print quarterly, with the first issue set to drop this fall. Just in time for Halloween.

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