Fangoria magazine was a huge part of my formative years, keeping me in touch with all things horror way, way before computers and the Internet practically put us all on set for the movies we love and anticipate. I especially loved all the behind-the-scenes photos, complete with clever captions, that gave the tiniest glimpses into the making of the latest Hollywood fright flick. Often, I wouldn’t even know there was a new Friday the 13th sequel or Nightmare on Elm Street entry on the horizon until I saw Jason or Freddy on the magazine’s cover. Fangoria made unlikely superstars of guys like Dick Smith, Rob Bottin and Tom Savini – and if you don’t know who they are, log off and call a friend who, like me, has boxes of the magazine at home, and educate yourself.
I haven’t been a regular reader of Fango for a while, but I’m happy to report it’s still going strong in this dying age of the print periodical – in fact, the 300th issue is now on the stands. Fangoria has been steadily improving and increasing its online presence for a while now, and I recently heard news of a new short story contest the magazine is running. Seemed like a good excuse to mention the mag here on October Country, so here we are.
You can find all the details on the “Weird Words” contest right here. In a nutshell, they are looking for short horror fiction (1,000 to 3,000 words), which will be featured on the Fangoria website throughout 2011. At some point readers will have the opportunity to vote, with the winning story getting the opportunity to be published in a book published jointly by Fangoria and Cemetery Dance.
Hopefully, more details on the book will be coming out soon. In the meantime, better get cracking on those entries – the deadline of February 15 is just a few short weeks away.