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First Look: Cover & Contents for the Kevin Smith-edited FANGORIA #348!

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To some, he’s an independent film auteur, a contemporary among the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Steven Soderbergh. To others, he’s a gonzo horror filmmaker, producing bold and original visions of viscera that play with tone and content unlike any storyteller working in the genre today. And to many more, he’s one of the forefathers of fandom, who has used speaking tours, comic books, podcasts, and the internet to help bring geek culture to the mainstream in a major way.

Yet to FANGORIA, Kevin Smith is our second-ever Guest Editor, a curator and contributor to our latest issue, FANGORIA #348.

Yes, this issue is a bit late out of the gate, as unforeseen internal and external circumstances delayed this issue by two months. But for our loyal readership, this issue is well worth the wait, as it features a diverse and unique array of pieces that’ll give insight into horror both old and new. Plus, Kevin Smith’s seal of approval means a lot to FANGORIA, so we went all out to fulfill the filmmaker’s wicked wishes for issue #348.

Of course, for those looking for greater insight into Smith’s horror happenings, FANGO #348 has got you covered. Smith kicks off #348 with an extensive essay into his relationship with horror, while FANGORIA digs deeper into Smith’s collisions with the chilling in an exclusive one-on-one interview. Plus, Smith also opens up about MOOSE JAWS with an exclusive first look at the upcoming creature feature, complete with never-before-seen artwork directly from Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps.

FANGORIA #348 also features several pieces requested by Smith himself focusing on fright flicks that influenced his own taste in terror. For starters, director Kevin Connor revisits MOTEL HELL, which graced the cover of Smith’s first-ever FANGO. Meanwhile, writer Dennis Paoli discusses the RE-ANIMATOR film that almost was, the politically-charged HOUSE OF RE-ANIMATOR. FANGO also takes a trip back to a game-changing horror comedy, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, with the one-and-only Rick Baker. Not to mention pieces on a few of Smith’s closest collaborators: VULGAR filmmaker Bryan Johnson, the aforementioned Kurtzman and genre acting legend Michael Parks.

But this issue also goes beyond the realm of Kevin Smith with an assembly of petrifying pieces covering horror both old and new. On the FX front, FANGORIA digs deeper into the gore of Joe Begos’ THE MIND’S EYE and James Bickert’s FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS. Meanwhile, FANGO pays tribute to some of the old guard of horror, including underrated horror master Brian Yuzna, scribe-turned-director Eric Red, THE MANGLER writer/VFX artist Stephen David Brooks, and exploitation maestro David DeCoteau. And current chillers such as LIGHTS OUT, DON’T BREATHE, THE STRAIN, and STRANGER THINGS get their time in the spooky spotlight as well as upcoming Astron-6 vehicle DIVORCED DAD.

FANGORIA #348 will be available digitally exclusively through the FANGORIA store tomorrow, with the physical edition and other digital marketplaces coming later this month. Current FANGORIA subscribers will receive their complimentary digital copy of FANGORIA #348 shortly.

Subscribers will also be receiving an update on the physical edition of FANGORIA, including issues 345 – 347, later this week. FANGORIA thanks our loyal, patient readers, and you can take a full look at FANGORIA #348’s guts and gravy below!

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INTERVIEW Max Hawthorne
As prehistoric horror fiction is resurrected, the acclaimed novelist reveals why they call him the Prince of Paleofiction

EXCLUSIVE ESSAY: Kevin Smith
The independent cinema icon discusses his lifelong relationship to the world of horror

EXCLUSIVE RETROSPECTIVE: VULGAR
Actor Brian O’Halloran and COMIC BOOK MEN star Bryan Johnson revisit this transgressive rape-revenge flick

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Brian Yuzna
The underrated master of FX-driven scare fare finds a new audience in the age of HD

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Robert Kurtzman
The FX Legend-turned-director gets candid about his 30+ year career in horror

FX FEATURE: THE MIND’S EYE
FANGO gets into the heads- exploding or otherwise- of filmmaker Joe Begos and FX duo Brian Spears & Peter Gerner

INTERVIEW: Fede Alvarez
The filmmaker behind EVIL DEAD (2013) returns with his most nerve-racking horror offering to date, DON’T BREATHE

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MOTEL HELL
Director Kevin Connor reflects on the legacy of this seminal horror satire

EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: HOUSE OF RE-ANIMATOR
Screenwriter Dennis Paoli talks the past- and potential future- of this RE-ANIMATOR reunion

FEATURE: The Haunted Scarehouse
As Escape Rooms sweep the nation, FANGO investigates this unholy marriage of haunted walkthrough and interactive puzzle

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Kevin Smith
Our Guest Editor spills his guts about Wes Craven, REAPER, and other professional collisions with the horror genre

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: DIVORCED DAD
What’s lurking behind Astron-6’s surreal send-up of public access talk shows?

EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: Michael Parks
One of cinema’s greatest character actors speaks up about becoming Kevin Smith’s macabre muse

INTERVIEW: LIGHTS OUT
Director David Sandberg discusses his journey from online sensation to Hollywood horror prodigy

EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: WE’LL SEE YOU IN HELL
Joe DeRosa and Patrick Walsh chart the evolution of their popular FANGORIA podcast

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Rick Baker
The FX Great discusses his Academy-Award winning FX work on AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: THE STRAIN
Producers Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan discuss the visceral third season of FX’s hit vampire saga

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Stephen David Brooks
The filmmaker exorcises memories of his time as writer and VFX artist on Tobe Hooper’s THE MANGLER

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: MOOSE JAWS
Kevin Smith and Robert Kurtzman offer up a first look at this Canadian creature feature

EXCLUSIVE FX FEATURE: FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS
James Bickert offers up a bloody behind-the-scenes look at this gore-filled convention favorite

RETROSPECTIVE: Junji Ito
FANGORIA looks back at the nightmarish manga master’s groundbreaking genre work

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Eric Red
The filmmaker behind THE HITCHER, NEAR DARK, BODY PARTS, BAD MOON, and more celebrates three decades of crafting cinematic creeps

EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: PUPPET MASTER
Producer Charles Band and screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner disassemble the seminal direct-to-video fright franchise

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: David DeCoteau
The prolific master of schlock revisits his beloved ‘80s sleaze classic, SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: STRANGER THINGS
Producers Dan Cohen and Shawn Levy talk about the Netflix’s nostalgic phenomenon

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: FANGORIA Musick’s DRACULA
Audio horror master Anthony DP Mann talks about his Tony Todd-starring adaptation of Bram Stoker’s iconic story

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Tom McLoughlin
With FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE GAME around the corner, McLoughlin reflects on resurrecting Jason Voorhees 30 years ago in PART VI

 

GRAVY

EXORDIUM
Filmmaker Kevin Smith shares his first encounter with FANGO

MONSTER INVASION
Features on LAKE NOWHERE and SUN CHOKE

BLOOD DROPS
Spoorloos gets under your skin with THE HILL

KILL SCREEN
Our new horror gaming column looks back at the sleazy, chaotic MICHIGAN: REPORT FROM HELL

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