Fangoria R.I.P.

Im Sommer vergangenen Jahres trennte sich das legendäre Horror-Mag Fangoria („The first in fright since 1979“) bereits auf eher uncoole Weise von Chefredakteur Michael Gingold, es ging damals laut IndieWire um Geld.

Nun hat sein Nachfolger Ken Hanley auf Twitter bekanntgegeben, dass auch er seit Dezember beurlaubt ist und es anscheinend keine weitere Print-Ausgaben des Genre-Mags geben wird. Von Bloody Disgusting:

From editors departing to ownership changes and stories of writers being unpaid for their work, Fangoria has been having a rough go at it in recent years; their last print issue hit shelves back in October of 2015, and only a small handful of digital issues have been released since then. You could say the writing has been on the walls for a while, and it seems Fangoria may now be dead.

Ken Hanley, the magazine’s most recent editor-in-chief, took to Twitter last night to break some depressing news. In a series of tweets, Hanley revealed:

Been waiting a long time to say it, but I can finally say: I am no longer involved with FANGORIA. I’ve been on hiatus from the company in mid-December. I’ll always be grateful for the time and opportunity there, so it’s a fucking bummer. For those wondering: there will likely never be another issue of FANGORIA, especially in print, unless there’s new ownership. As for the odds of that happening, there’s a minuscule chance as something was (is?) in the cards, but I’ve personally given up hope.

Gleichzeitig hatte Bleeding Cool einen Artikel mit Redakteur Josh Hadley am Start (mittlerweile gelöscht, hier im Google Cache), in dem auch er erzählte, seit einem Jahr (!) keine Honorare erhalten zu haben und dass es anderen Autoren des Magazins genauso erginge.

Darüber hinaus erschien das Mag seit seiner letzten Print-Ausgabe im Oktober 2015 (!) nur sehr unregelmäßig und oft als „Digital Exclusive“ (also als PDF). Mit seiner letzten Ausgabe vom Oktober, in dem Kevin Smith als Celebrity-Redakteur mitwirkte, wollte die Fangoria das Steuer offenbar nochmal rumreißen, was anscheinend nicht geklappt hat, aus dem Interview mit Josh Hadley:

Michael Gingold was given the big chair [in 1988]. That didn’t go over very well as he very publicly left the magazine (of which had been part since the late 1980’s) under less than desirable circumstances. My payments stopped around this time. The issues stopped being printed and began appearing as digital issues shortly thereafter. I was assured I would get paid… the magazine was okay, they just needed to get some more ad revenue and then they could print the issues and everything would be fine. Then the delays got longer and longer and longer until what was meant as the saving grace hail mary play that was the Kevin Smith edited issue. I only know the scuttlebutt I heard but it seems that this was a make it or break it issue and it did not make it.

Mit so vielen, unabhängig voneinander aufpoppenden Stories um das Magazin ist es wohl recht safe zu sagen: Fangoria R.I.P. Ich rechne damit, dass die Marke demnächst verkauft wird, wenn überhaupt, oder sie machen als Website weiter.

„Gedrucktes ist tot“ - Dr. Egon Spengler.

[update] Statement von Fangoria, zwischen den Zeilen steht hier: Unser Print-Business ist tot, wir versuchen die Website zu halten, auf der alle paar Tage ein Artikel erscheinen wird.

First and foremost, FANGORIA would like to sincerely thank all of our friends and fans for their patience during these trying times.

It’s no secret that the world of print publications is feeling the pressure with the transition of media to a mostly digital phase. As many readers of FANGORIA have noticed, our print issues have been at an unfortunate halt as we try to catch up from previous issues. Not to mention, over recent years we have gone through quite a change of staff in the most prominent role of Editor-in-Chief.

With the shift of preference to digital media came the struggle to maintain business as a print publication. Advertisers, especially independent companies, understandably must make the choices that are best for their project and budget. Unfortunately, print advertisement comes at a higher price than digital ad placements which fueled the sharp decline of funds needed in order to sustain the magazine in print format. The income needed from paid print advertisements simply did not meet the standards for the print issue demand and production.

Inevitably, the problems aforementioned caused a domino effect that spread throughout staff, writers, artists, subscribers, and even to our President as well.

Here’s an Official statement directly from our President/Owner, Tom DeFeo: „I’d like to thank readers and subscribers for their patience as we deal with our internal issues. We will carry forward and devote our efforts to make amends with all that have been inconvenienced in our current state of affairs.“

These words are in no way excuses, more the bitter truth about the current circumstances involving our print publication and interruption of production. With time and continued patience from our fans, writers, artists and subscribers we will be working endlessly to make good on any funds owed for magazines and/or articles written. In the meantime, we’ll continue trying to conquer the uphill battle to restore our print issues that our fans urgently long for.

Despite the current standstill of our print issues, our website and social media will function as normal and FANGORIA will continue to support independent artists and filmmakers as we have done for the past 30+ years of our history. We hope that you continue to support the first company in the business that jump started your eternal love for horror.