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Echoes of Screams Past – Fear Magazine, issue 32 August 1991

Posted in echoes of screams past, fear magazine, john gilbert on 08/03/2012 by vincentstark

The much missed Fear is due a comeback thanks to the continued efforts of original editor, John Gilbert and so I thought it would be nice to include an issue from the original run as part of our,  Echoes of Screams Past series.
This issue from 1991 boasts a cover from Oliver Frey, whom I believed did all of the covers for the original run of Fear and a great many of the interior illustrations to boot. The main feature this issue is Brian Lumley’s Necroscope series and so the cover is a representation of Lumley’s vampiric world. Inside we have an editorial in which John Gilbert talks about realism in movies and makes a case that it doesn’t matter if Silence of the Lambs was unrealistic when its such an effective movie. There was a lot of buzz about Silence of the Lambs and the horror community championed the film as a rare genre movie to find mainstream success.
From there we have a newsy section  in which we are told that Briam Lumley will be signing copies Necroscope V in London on July 27th – guess we’re a little late for that then. We are also told that Terminator 2 will open this month, and that Omen 4 is due this coming October. There is a large spread on indie film, Prayer of the Rollerboys which I’ve never seen and then we are treated to a look at Lou Diamond Phillips movie, The First Power. We are also offered a look at the long awaited sequel to Chroneberg’s Scanners which, we know now, turned out to be a bit of a turkey. An interview follows with William F Nolan talking about writing for Hollywood. We are reminded that Clive Barker is currently working on a remake of The Mummy for Universal – Of course we all know now that the project was dropped when Barker’s script was considered too violent and too dark. And Stephen Kings’s new novel, Needful Things is promised to be his last set in the town of Castle Rock – of course that didn’t turn out to be the case.

The letters page is an entertaining read, especially all these years after the fact. John Nash of London, thought that Fear was excellent and was grateful for the recent Dan O’Bannon feature, author Graham Masterton wrote a letter in which he bemoans the genre trap and reader, David Klein of Surrey wants to know where he can get a copy of Aliens Uncut.

The special feature this issue is devoted to vampires and there follows a large section devoted to the neck biters – one feature on The Dracula Fan Club (surely, Fang Club!) which was operated from a penthouse overlooking Washington Square Park, is great fun.

Following the vampire section we have the fiction section and then we have the film review – Prayer of the Rollerboys get three and a half skulls which rates it as Good’ish, Nothing but Trouble with Chevy chase gets two skulls which means fair. Poison and Whore both get two stars, or skulls rather. Backdraft gets four skulls = very good and Edward Scissorhands gets five skulls = excellent. Hudson Hawk which is anything but very good gets four skulls and A Kiss before Dying gets four and a half skulls.

Book reviews follow with Raising the Stones by Sheri S. Tapper getting Four Skulls, while Fantasy Tales edited by Stephen Jones also gets four. John Peel’s Doctor Who adventure, Timewyrm is given four and a half skulls, while Craig Shaw Gardner’s The Batman Murders gets three and a half skulls. Fear by ,soon to be religion finder,  L Ron Hubbard only gets two skulls.
Following the book review we have a section on heavy metal music which, to my mind, never sat easy within the pages of Fear and then we have a graphic novel feature that provides much more interesting reading.

This magazine came from late in Fear’s original run and although the page count had gone down from its early days, it still offers a damn good read – I look forward to the digital return of the magazine.

Fearsome reboots and having Mark Gatiss’ Babies – Fear’s John Gilbert Interview Part Two

Posted in fear magazine, gary dobbs, ghost stories, ghosts, horror magazines, john gilbert, Uncategorized, writing on 06/21/2012 by vincentstark

In our previous post we talked about the formation and eventual demise of Fear Magazine , and now we look to the future and a possible comeback for everyone’s favorite horror horror and fantasy magazine. – “We have a fantastic young design team and are putting together an international editorial team – a crew of new and original writers.”

Once again Vincent Stark talks to John Gilbert:

VS: Fear’s demise seemed to coincide with a dip in the horror genre itself. It seemed that the genre went from being massively popular to a niche market almost overnight.

JG: I think that fans will only take so much repetition and no matter how good a writer is if they’re working with stereotype plots and characters then it’s a turn off. There is only so much faith you can put in a genre that keeps repeating itself. That said it seems as if someone had applied the defibrillator and there’s a renaissance in the air. Bring on the new monsters because I feel the genre is rising again. I feel it in these old bones.

VS: So do you still read widely in the genre?

JG: Oh yes, I’m still  a massive fan. At the top of my reading pile sits Andrew Neville who writes the kind of horror I like and his style is so polished. Then there are old friends like Mark Morris, Nick Vince and Tom Fletcher. I’m also eager for the long awaited new novel from James Herbert (Ash). But there are many more writers that I need to get to know like Gary McMahon whose work I will explore over the summer months.

VS: What about genre film and TV?

JG:  Stephen Volk is fantastic. I loved Awakening and I still have Afterlife on DVD. Then there’s Guillermo del Toro who is awesome, even in Spanish and finally Mark Gatiss whose babies I would gladly have. I’m also a sucker for Christmas Ghost Stories.

VS: Back to Fear – are you surprised that the magazine is so sadly missed?

JG: Stunned. I knew that copies were being sold on eBay but I never expected the response I got when I started a Facebook page (befriend John HERE). I’ve had many offers to restart the magazine, but the deals have always fallen through. Now though I have enough finances to try again but it is difficult to find a major distributor. The market is apparantly flooded with enough genre magazine. And so in the meantime I have taken the advice of some collegues – I work at Pearson which owns Penguin – and am about to unleash some fiction onto the market.

Hungry Faces – Publication date by Opium Press is now scheduled for 27th September in eBook format and paperback.

VS: I’m glad to see the book will be available as a eBook – I seem to read everything on my Kindle these days. Do you think the ePublishing boom will be good for genre fiction?

JG:  Indeed – the ease in which anyone can produce an eBook means that innovation will out and that good genre fiction can once again prosper. Fans will get what they want and new writers will be able to develop their talents in a public arena. Of course there will be an awful lot of dross out there but that’s where blogs such as this, and magazines like Fear cab provide a service.

VS: So come on tell us about the possible Fear relaunch. There are many of us eagerly waiting to buy the magazine again.

JG: We have a new design team who have already recreated the Fear format but with 21st century tweaks. We will be moving with the times but also serving past subscribers by retaining all they loved about Fear MK1. We will also carry on publishing fiction within the magazine but have yet to take on a fiction editor. The bad news is though that most of the major distributors have declines to stock us, but that will not put us off and we are currently looking for alternative distribution. Once we can prove we have a good reader base then we can go back to distributors.

VS:Which is why Scary Motherfucker has started  a Facebook page to bring back Fear Magazine –  join the campaign folks.

John’s website is HERE

Facebook bring back Fear campaign HERE

Fear this

Posted in fear magazine, john gilbert on 06/18/2012 by vincentstark

Horror fans of a certain age will remember Fear magazine – arguably the most intelligent and wide ranging genre magazine there’s ever been.  I was a huge fan  and remember being depressed for months when it folded. It didn’t seem right that the pretenders such as Dark Side and Shivers were still being published while the king had gone to the periodical graveyard.

So imagine my delight when this week I got to talk to the magazine’s guiding ghoul, Mr John Gilbert.

The interview will be presented here., and also on sister blog, The Tainted Archive,  later this week.

We’ll also have news of John’s  latest venture and a possible resurrection of Fear itself.

You won’t want to miss this: