In the 1970’s there were a few publications catering for sci-fi and horror fans in the UK (World of Horror, House of Hammer, Starburst) but none so prolific as the “poster magazine”. This unique format consisted of an A4-sized glossy colour magazine which folded out into a giant-sized poster; the reverse side was made up of the front cover and a few brief articles containing a large number of pictures and photographs. Every kid at school had at least one massive poster on their bedroom wall which was the centerpiece of a poster mag of one kind or the other, whether it be a pop star, a television series or the latest blockbuster movie.
Possibly the most fondly remembered poster mag of all was Dez Skinn’s Monster Mag which ran from 1973 – 1976 and relied heavily on extremely gory horror movie stills, usually (but not exclusively) from Hammer Films, Amicus and the like. The magazine also ran features on The Outer Limits, Grand Guignol theatre and The Exorcist but one of its main attractions was the “FOR SALE TO ADULTS ONLY” banner on the front cover which only made it even more attractive to it’s mostly under-age readership! Monster Mag ran for seventeen issues in total until Dez moved on and created House of Hammer magazine which offered a lot more scope for in-depth articles as well as comic-strip adaptations of Hammer’s horror and sci-fi movies.
Another collectible horror poster mag was Legend Horror Classics which also folded out into a gory poster but the remaining pages tended to be made up of a horror comic strip rather than articles on feature films. Due to its success in syndication during the seventies, Gene Roddenberry’s legendary science-fiction TV series Star Trek had its own long-running poster mag although other TV series didn’t fare so well; the Space:1999 poster magazine ran for only two issues and many more shows also had just one or two issues published. Doctor Who, The Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes and Kung Fu all had their own magazines but perhaps the biggest part of the market was the movie tie-in. It seemed like every blockbuster movie had its own poster mag – Jaws, King Kong, Star Wars, Superman, Alien, Buck Rogers…the list went on and on. But then, by the 1990’s, the poster mag format seemed to have all but disappeared and became a fond memory for film fans of a certain age…
Here at Space Monsters Magazine we’ve been playing around with the idea of reviving the iconic poster mag format perhaps with a series of one-offs or a continuing theme. If you think this is a good idea (or even if you don’t!) take part in our survey below and share with us your views and comments on poster magazines – we always love to hear your opinions!
So, Halloween is over and with snow on the way most people are now looking forward to Christmas but Space Monsters Magazine is already looking forward to next October and the 2014 Bram Stoker International Film Festival! We had such an amazing time this year and were made to feel so welcome by the festival organisers and the wonderful people of Whitby that we can’t wait for next year’s event which is going to be bigger than ever running for five days from 23rd to the 27th October 2014!
At this year’s festival there were numerous world and UK premieres of brand new horror feature films and shorts, a separate screening room for classic sci-fi, horror and B-movie fans, a spooktacular Dark Art exhibition, a Space Monsters Magazine stall, horror talks and film lectures. You could also dress up and attend the legendary Vampire Ball, the 1880’s night, cabaret, live bands, magic and more!
And that’s not all; Whitby is a stunningly beautiful historic town which is forever linked with the legend of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and fully embraces its gothic and horror film fan visitors. There are hundreds of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants as well as the Dracula Experience, Whitby abbey, gorgeous scenery and the best fish and chips in Yorkshire. If these aren’t enough reasons to attend next year’s Bram Stoker International Film Festival then check out the pics below and check out the Cyberschizoid website for an even bigger Bram Stoker International Film Festival gallery!
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The super sexy Emily Booth has long been the object of lust for many a fanboy (and fangirl) due to her appearances in horror, sci-fi and fantasy films like Pervirella (1997), Cradle of Fear (2001), Evil Aliens (2005), Grindhouse (2007) and Inbred (2012). Booth is also the face of the UK’s Horror Channel and a regular writer/reviewer for Space Monsters magazine with her very own column Emily Booth’s B-Movie Boutique! On Saturday 9th November you have the chance to meet the fun and feisty Emily at the British horror event of the year – London Film Memorabilia Convention‘s Hammer and British Horror Day at Central Hall, Westminster, London where she’ll be signing autographs, exclusive photos and copies of Space Monsters Magazine – after all, she is our cover girl on issue two!
Joining Emily for this day of fear film festivities are a whole host of Hammer Glamour girls, actors, writers and directors including Caroline Munro, Barbara Shelley, Brian Clemens, David Warner, Kate O’Mara, Madeline Smith, Norman J Warren and many more icons of British cinema and television. Space Monsters Magazine will also be there and you’ll be able to buy copies of issues one and two for just £5.00 each as well as classic horror fanzine We Belong Dead who are launching their long-awaited Fearbook!
You’ll also be able to meet Emily when she guests at the Birmingham Comic Con and Memorabilia show (Saturday November 23rd – Sunday November 24th) alongside fellow horror star Eileen Daly (Razor Blade Smile) and a ton of celebrities from movies and television.