Former Fangoria editor Chris Alexander, Brian Steward (Heavy Metal magazine), and designer Bill Mohalley have joined forces to create Fantasm Media Group, a new company that will focus on creating limited edition, niche culture magazines. Their goal is to create officially licensed magazines that will focus on “…some of horror, dark fantasy, rock and roll, and pop culture’s most celebrated names.”
Alexander explains: “This is a logical step for us. Bill has been making magazines for over 40 years, and my working relationship with him making 6 years of Fangoria magazines – though he has been their art director since 1983 – yielded not only dozens of exciting mass produced magazines but an enduring friendship. Brian is a revered fine artist and writer who has been working in the industry for years, and the three of us have continued working together on Delirium magazine with great success. We have a shared love of print media and horror movies and pop culture, and FANTASM MEDIA is our bid to create beautifully produced magazines made exclusively for the collectors market.”
The first issue that Fantasm will release will be dedicated to George A. Romero, the man who brought us Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Martin, Knightriders, Creepshow, Monkey Shines, and more.
“To kick off with a licensed tribute to our friend and hero George A. Romero is an honor indeed,” says Alexander.
Stewart adds, “Monster magazines were a huge part of my childhood, and I love making them with these guys. It only made sense to strike out on our own to create the kind of high quality collectible magazines we wanted to see, but never did. A lot of people think print is dead, but the truth is print will never die. The need to hold a magazine or book in your hands will always be greater than the need to have a picture of it on a screen. Digital is fine, but I can’t put that on my shelf.”