By John Szpunar
A scene that stimulated generations of writers, filmmakers and enthusiasts, XEROX FEROX is the 1st e-book to hide the horror movie fanzine and the tradition it spawned. From recognized Monsters of Filmland to Fangoria and every little thing in among, XEROX FEROX is far greater than a publication approximately monster magazines. It examines the home-grown DIY fanzines that dared to dig deeper than the slick and glossy newsstand mags ever would... or certainly even may. The titles are as lurid because the motion pictures that they coated. Gore Gazette. Deep pink. Sleazoid exhibit. ahead of message forums, sooner than blogs, ahead of the web itself, the fanzine reigned because the leader resource of reports and data for horror lovers all over the world. frequently imprinted on the affordable and bought for the cost of postage, madcap and irreverent mags like Slimetime, Subhuman and surprise Xpress travelled the globe, making a thriving community of enthusiasts and execs alike. XEROX FEROX strains the increase of the horror movie fanzine, from the well-known Monster-starved teenagers of the Nineteen Sixties to the splatter-crazed gorehounds that undefined. that includes in-depth interviews with fifty writers, editors, and execs, XEROX FEROX is the last word on an period that modified the area of fandom forever.
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There was a long period where these people would not acknowledge any of this stuff. JS: How were you doing research? BS: There was no place to do research. As a matter of fact, there weren’t even any books about movies back then. If you wanted to read about them, the only things that existed were the fan magazines. ” It was kind of like, “Well, there used to be these silent movies…” It was totally barren territory. James Agee’s Agee on Film wasn’t published until a few years later—that was the first collection of film reviews.
Bill Landis from Sleazoid didn’t give a fuck. And that’s what made it so appealing to read. I wanted to read about what was playing on 42nd Street because when I was at the Kubert School, I was going to 42nd Street. And, back home in Vermont, I missed that world. JS: This would be during the Taxi Driver era of New York. SB: It was dangerous to go there. Times Square was a real nasty part of Manhattan. On one side of the street, there was nothing but exploitation and horror films. And on the other side, there was nothing but XXX films.
I listened to Suspense, Escape, and Inner Sanctum. It was pretty clear that they were coming from the same area. I’d also been reading science fiction magazines—you know, Astounding, Galaxy, and the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. I think there was a photo of Johnny Craig in the EC offices that showed an entire shelf of Astounding Science Fiction behind him. So, it was pretty clear to me that the people who were putting out these publications were very familiar with everything that I liked.