Horror Zines are they still relevant?

Greetings and Salutations.

Last year I decided to subscribe to in my opinion, two of the premiere horror zines Fangoria and Rue Morgue. As someone who enjoys the smell of freshly printed books a little too much, someone who enjoys the tactile sensation of new paper ( I would roll around in it if it weren’t for the paper cuts!), someone who would die before owning a device such as the Kindle, I felt subscribing was a good idea.

Each month I sashayed out to the letter box to get my copy of Fangoria, alas the tyranny of distance left me infuriated by Rue Morgue’s delivery rate which was disappointing as this as my preferred zine of the two (I only just received the December edition!), I enjoyed leafing through my special deliveries. However I found that a lot of the info I had already come across on the net via sites like Bloody Disgusting, FearNet or Shock Til You Drop. Now don’t get me wrong, the zines still provide very detailed information and the feature articles surpass the bites of info you get on blogs etc. However combined with the recent rumours of Fangoria’s demise I have been given pause to reflect are horror zines still relevant?

There is a voice echoing through the Harker household, that is not an auditory hallucination but JH saying ‘I told you so’, having pointed out to me when I subscribed that the internet has surpassed any need to have print media, print media’s days are numbered. But like I said I am a tactile woman at heart. I have to admit I have decided not to renew my subscriptions, however am curious as to whether others have made the same decision, or is there still a fierce following of horror zines in print?

Ms Harker

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New Moon… Soft Porn but for whom?

Greetings and Salutations.

I saw New Moon yesterday (ducks for cover from BJ-C). As I am a believer in fairness, in that I don’t think its fair to give something a thumping unless you have seen it. I have read all the Twilight books and have now seen both the films.

Now there is some conjecture as to whether Twilight counts as horror, putting that aside, I still believe that the whole Twilight phenomenon may result in some coming across to the dark side as the books will spark an interest in the horror genre. However in watching the film, which I have to say is better than the first, I began to wonder who in fact is the target audience for New Moon?

As I sat, trying to keep and open mind as Bella mooched about barely changing her facial expression, Edward sparkled and also mooched about barely changing his facial expression. I sat with my fingers crossed when Bella cut herself that Jasper wold in fact chomp down on her neck and snap it, then Jacob Black entered with his wolf pack. Padding about Forkes in nothing but their cut off jeans, shorts, whatever and sneakers, nubile and buff chests out for the world to see (often moist, in the rain)… Ms Harker, I thought, you strumpet, these lads are not of age, stop perving! So I managed to contain my oggling to the oldest wolf of the pack Sam and felt less guilty.

However my confusion, which lets face it, I don’t usually have any issue objectifying the masculine delights within our genre, was further compounded when I came across the website  ‘Aussie Twilight Mums‘. This website apparently acts as a hub for the more mature woman to express her love for Twilight and its leading men. One of the women from the website was interviewed on TV (yes that is the state of Australian commercial news) defending her love for Edward as he is actually one hundred and something years old, not seventeen. Rejecting any pedophilic undertones to her questioner!

My question to you dear readers is this: who are the Twilight films really for? Are they to encourage the youth of today to remain chaste, marry your local vampire before you have any type of coitus like activities or are they soft porn for Mum’s who don’t want to go to their local sex shop and buy the good stuff?

Ms Harker

The front lad is the eldest, just to save confusion!

The front lad is the eldest, just to save confusion!

Again with the chest out!

Again with the chest out!

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The ‘Horror Elite’ take a bite into literature!

Greetings and Salutations.

The honourable B_Sol over at The Vault of Horror has taken it upon himself to collate the opine of blogging horror minds; this time on the topic of literature. An email was sent to yours truly to participate and I undertook the task with fervor. Blood, tears and blood went into my list and I’m happy to say a few made the top thirty cut. Go to The Vault and check the final list. Below is my top ten, what would you have submitted dear readers?

Ms Harker

1. Dracula, Bram Stoker
2. Let The Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist
3. Salem’s Lot, Stephen King
4. Perfume, Patrick Suskind
5. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
5. Heart Shaped Box, Joe Hill
6. Handling The Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist
7. Carmilla, J. Sheridan Le Fanu
8. Merrick, Anne Rice
9. The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, Jennifer lynch
10. The Gashly Crumb Tinies, Edward Gorey

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