Wednesday, May 5, 2010

RUE MORGUE TURNS 100

The folks up north at RUE MORGUE magazine have a lot to celebrate. Releasing May 1st is the centennial issue of their stellar publication. I don't say that lightly, either. Since 1997 RM has given us a steady dose of monster magazine goodness by serving up healthy portions of horror film media in all major categories (including music, which IMHO puts them a leg up on the rest) nearly every month of the year.

Editor-in-Chief Dave Alexander was kind enough to provide me with the cover scan (a special artsy black-on-black spot varnish job) shown in this post as well as a rundown on the contents of the milestone issue. I will also be chatting with Dave about the magazine's past and future and will share it with y'all in an upcoming installment of MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD. In the meantime, please feel free to roll your cortexes over the sumptuous feast that awaits you when you purchase the magazine at most any large bookstore newsstand. Better yet, save a few shekels and subscribe by clicking on the link to the RM website on the index of 'zines to the right of this here blog roll. Congrats, you guys!!

CONTENTS OF RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE #100:

"ROYAL BLOOD: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPER LEE
To celebrate our 100th issue, Rue Morgue proudly presents the ongoing story of the genre’s greatest living legend and the studio that made him an icon. Plus: Interviews with Hammer star Ingrid Pitt, the man who revived the company, Hammer 101, and more!
by James Burrell, Sean Plummer, Trevor Tuminski and Paul Corupe



13 YEARS OF FEAR

Rue Morgue writers consult experts and luminaries for an in-depth look at how the genre has changed since we began publishing in 1997, and where it’s headed…
by Rue Morgue Staff



THE NIGHTMARE GALLERY

We commissioned sixteen of the best dark artists out there to each create an original piece that exemplifies a personal nightmare, and tell us why the work haunts them. The results will scare you too.
curated by Gary Pullin



HYMNS FROM THE HOUSE OF HORROR

Dive into Rue Morgue Radio’s first ever free downloadable terror tunes compilation, with a spotlight on all seventeen of the rare, classic, remixed and world premiere tracks! Hear what the bands themselves have to say about their caustic cuts.
by Trevor Tuminski, Tomb Dragomir and Dave Alexander



GATHER ’ROUND, KIDDIES

During the 1990s, R.L. Stine’s creepy children’s books sold millions of copies. The often reclusive, incredibly prolific author tells his own spooky story.
by Phil Brown



iSCARES

Rue Morgue downloads the top ten iPhone apps for horror fans.

by MARIE- ÈVE LARIN


DEPARTMENTS:

NOTE FROM UNDERGROUND: What’s in a number?

DREADLINES: Indian film promoters take cues from William Castle; Kinetik Fest aims to make Montreal top destination for industrial music fans; New Mexico to host horror film boot camp, and more!

THE CORONER'S REPORT: Weird stats and morbid facts. Sick Top Six Christopher Lee Dracula Deaths

NEEDFUL THINGS: Hammer Poster Reprints, Hellbent for Cooking, Gruesome Gift Baskets, Murder Ink Notepad

CINEMACABRE: CineMacabre features Best Worst Movie, plus reviews of Clash of the Titans. The Day of the Triffids, Freeway Killer, Tony, The Real Wolfman, Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic, Monster Warriors, Lo, The Caretaker, Ravage the Scream Queen, Breaking Her Will and Night of the Pumpkin. Abbreviated Terrors reviews Cheerbleeders, Night of the Hell Hamsters and 2:22. And reissues features Arrow Video’s new Dario Argento DVDs, plus reviews Girly (1970), Honeymoon of Horror (1964), Goodbye Gemini (1970) and Knife of Ice (1972).

CINEMARQUEE: Gamera (1965).

BOWEN'S BASEMENT: The Giant Spider Invasion (1975).

BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS: Features Day of the Dead: Desertion, plus reviews of American Vampire #1, The Mystic Hands of Doctor Strange #1, Zombies Vs. Robots Adventure #1, The Ghoul #3 and Greek Street #1.

THE NINTH CIRCLE: Spotlight: Tom Jokinen’s funeral industry tell-all Curtains. Library of the Damned presents a World Horror Con 2010 recap. Plus, reviews of A Sci-fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers, The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Horror: Two Decades of Dark Fiction, Marie Corelli’s Vendetta, Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Alexandra Sokoloff’s Book of Shadows, Altered Visions: The Art of Vincent Chong, Neil Cross’ Burial and The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead.

TRAVELOGUE OF TERROR: Musée Fragonard D’Alfort – Paris, France

THE GORE-MET: Menu: Long Pigs (2007) and La petite mort: Die Nasty (2009).
AUDIO DROME: Featuring experimental metal outfit Hobgoblin. Blood Spattered Guide features The Ghost. Plus reviews of The Crazies (2010) OST, Grace OST, The Wolfman OST, Robe., Rodentum: The Best of Dark Roots Music Volume IV, :Wumpscut:, Darkthrone, Psycho, The Vision Bleak, Lair of the Minotaur, Barren Earth, Omega Lithium, Unholy Grave, and Abscess.

PLAY DEAD: Metro 2033, Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon and Deadly Premonition.

CLASSIC CUT:Terence Fisher’s The Curse of Frankenstein.

GIVEAWAYS THIS ISSUE! Ten new subscribers will win a Horror Classics Collection box set courtesy of Warner Home Video Canada."

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