Even though it is that special time of the year for happiness, brotherhood and giving … horrible things still happen out of the blue.
Fangoria let the world know today that it suffered a great loss. On December 5th a fire in Oregon, IL erupted at the warehouse Fango used to store all their previously published magazines. This blaze also consumed Starlogs and various other movie tie-in publications. The tragedy is not only a major loss of the magazine’s past but in addition Fangoria will not be able to complete any orders for those readers wishing to purchase back issues.
Michael Gingold was able to explain what happened to cause this mess, “The blaze was set off when a forklift driver in the warehouse punctured a gas line close to a space heater, and required over 100 firefighters from 20 different departments to bring it under control. Hampering their efforts was the fact that the building’s sprinkler system has been turned off—which fire marshals are currently investigating. Total damages are estimated at $8 million; Fango thanks and salutes the firefighters and other responders who worked to put out the flames.”
I just don’t know what to say. All that history. Years and years of sci-fi and horror burnt up because of a tiny accident. Luckily no one was hurt in the blaze and we wish Fangoria all the best. Hopefully some collectors will start forming archives of back issues on the web so we can at least look back at previous Fangoria mags in digital form.
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