May 2016 marks the 28th anniversary of GOREZONE, the bi-monthly ‘sister’ publication of FANGORIA Magazine which made its debut in 1988. At the time, GOREZONE was intended to act as a sort of companion piece to its more well-known counterpart, covering the bloodier/weirder/more obscure stuff that Fango didn’t. Can you imagine? So many noteworthy horror films were being released, multiple magazines were necessary to cover them all. What a time to be alive!
GZ ran for a brief but bloody 27 issues, ending its run in 1994. Despite a short magazine stand life, it was a hardcore horror fan favorite. It was nastier, slimier, and darker than Fango, and it wasn’t afraid to showcase the splattery stuff, oftentimes as close-up and vividly as possible. Thanks to the powers of nostalgia, GZ was revived in 2013, albeit with one minor limitation – it is now only available via direct subscription.
In honor of GOREZONE and the lasting impact it had on gorehounds like me, today Camera Viscera turns into a virtual magazine rack. Below are a few colorful excerpts – high quality scans directly from my own copy of GOREZONE #1. I love everything about it: the simple layout and colors, the enthusiasm, the puns, and the journalistic earnestness. And how about that classifieds section? Can’t beat it. Enjoy!