Before you go any further, this is a follow-up to this editorial. Go ahead, read that first then jump on back to this spot.
Since posting the latest edition of "The Rotten Truth" this week, I've fielded phone calls and e-mails from those fanning the flames of speculation as to where Fangoria magazine has gone and where it's heading. But this morning, I got an e-mail from a respected colleague: Chris Alexander. His news?
He's the new editor of Fangoria.
"Tony [Timpone]'s moving out and on to bigger and better things. He'll still be within the company, when he's doing that, I can't say," Alexander told me this afternoon. "Tony has been nothing but professional, he's been doing this a long time. I'm driving the boat now and I hope I don't Titanic it. I don't think I will. I've got a different point of view, much different than what Fango has had for a while and there's going to be a lot of changes."
This April, devoted readers will find Timpone passing the torch in a Survival of the Dead cover issue. Alexander, a Toronto-based former writer of Rue Morgue Magazine, cut his teeth in the pages of Fangoria some time ago and made his presence known on the magazine's site via the Blood-Splattered Blog which allowed him to wax poetic about some of his favorite films and industry professionals.
"The bottom line is, like you, we were born with a copy of this in our hands," Alexander said. "We're in this game because we love this genre. Horror is fun. Sex, death and all of the juicy stuff. Breaking all of the taboos. It should be that way, ever since I've been reading Chas. Balun as a kid. What you'll see with me is a return to that way out there Chas. Balun point of view, to some degree. I want this to be an adventure. I want people to wear the Fangoria t-shirt and wear it with pride."
Alexander added managing editor Michael Gingold will still be on board the Fangoria banner and once the "internal struggles" occurring in the magazine's New York City office lift, the Fangoria.com site will be back up in some capacity.
So there you have it. The magazine lives on under, for the first time in decades, the set of new eyes.
Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor