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‘Zine Review: HorrorHound #9!

Jan/Feb 2008's HorrorHound(click to see it bigger!)Issue #9
Jan/Feb 2008


Why we don’t have more reviews for HorrorHound magazine is beyond me (“‘Zine Review: Horror Hound #4” – October 2006). The publication has to be one of the best horror genre ones on the market right now. Recently I picked up other competing mags and they just feel a little dated. When it comes to HorrorHound, I feel that there’s something new and fresh … not to mention you aren’t bombarded with more ads than articles.

#9’s cover does give away the the real selling point of the issue, but let’s take a look at all the other articles first. AVP:R, Sweeney Todd, One Missed Call and I Am Legend all get their own separate stories that look back at the production and history with interviews sprinkled in. Looking back now, this makes a perfect bit of evidence to call “bullshit” at cheer leading the Strause brothers did for AVP

What really hooked me in 9 was the pages upon pages of toys and collectibles. Sure, we cover stuff from NECA all the time, but it isn’t that often we’ll run a story on merchandise found outside the U.S. Did you know that, in Italy at least, From Dusk Till Dawn is getting a special DVD release that includes a scale replica of the Titty Twister bar? In Japan you can win Freddy and Jason plush toys via claw machines! Hell, the Japanese are even getting odd little “bump toys” for Freddy VS Jason.

Rounding out the more interesting pieces in this issue include one that touches on the possible existence of Lon Chaney’s classic London After Midnight which was thought to be forever lost. There is also a new Horror’s Hallowed Ground that looks at the locations of Return of the Living Dead and even a history lesson about the Blood Countess Elisabeth Bathory.

The real meat of this HorrorHound issue is a look back 20 years of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. Here we have fifteen pages filled to the brim with posters, merchandise, props, toys and comics all related to Hellraiser. Also placed among these images are in depth articles chronicling how the books evolved into the classic film; how the film became a giant franchise; and one man’s obsession with collection all things Pinhead. Very rarely do I pick up a magazine and read it front to back, but HorrorHound has so much to read and view that it makes it impossible to put down.

No doubt you should now be interested in checking out the new kid on the block, or maybe you’ve been trying to find the mag in stores only to find none. In any case head on over to HorrorHound’s official site to start a subscription and add the publication to your friend’s list on MySpace.

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Mike Phalin

Since 1997, Michael Patrick Phalin has been a contributing writer to various websites including Dread Central, iMockery, Bloody Disgusting and KrytenSyxx. During the early 1980s, Phalin's love of the movie industry was fueled by the VHS tapes he found during his time spent at the video rental store his mother worked at. Rather than attending a daycare regularly, young Michael would form a tower of tapes with interesting cover art and go watch each one, the very first of these being the original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street.' From that point he was hooked on horror and the process behind creating special effects. In his twenties, Mike met Steve 'Uncle Creepy' Barton and was soon aiding the horror website Dread Central with film reviews. As the site grew in popularity, Phalin soon started writing news stories and conducting interviews on a daily basis. After a few years, he decided to take a break from writing to focus on other opportunities. After moving to a beach community with his wife Michelle, both were cast to appear in the final season of A&E's home improvement show 'Fix This Yard' in 2013. This event rekindled Mike's love of the entertainment industry. Between the time he spends being with his family, Michael continues to contribute to Dread Central both with writing and photography. In his mid-thirties, Phalin took up oil painting after being inspired by an episode of Bob Ross. Pieces of his artwork and photography can be found on his Tumblr and official website.