Midnight Magazine #6
Editor: Eric Wright
86 pages

I love magazines. When I was a kid the local bookstore where I bought comic books every week had one wall that ran the entire length of the store filled with hundreds of magazines on every subject you can imagine. Today, sadly, magazines are getting harder and harder to find. Most bookstores are gone. No more B. Dalton, no more Waldenbooks, no more Border’s…most pharmacies which used to have book and magazine sections now sell very few if any magazines. What magazines they do have are mostly cooking or lifestyle related.

So, I cannot tell you how overjoyed I was to receive Midnight Magazine #6. Midnight is a treasure trove of all things horror/fantasy related in film, TV, comics, books, toys and…well just about everything. While it reminds me of an old-style fanzine, Midnight magazine is no low budget, homemade publication. Color covers, slick glossy paper…this is one beautiful magazine. But let’s get to the content, the meat and bones of it all!

The 84 page magazine is filled cover-to-cover with fun and entertaining articles and interviews. Most of the articles are only a couple of pages so it hits you rapid fire, one after another. What I love most about MM is that they don’t rehash the same subjects you’ve seen over and over in other publications, but they step WAY out of the box with interesting and unique pieces.

For example, there is John Shatzer’s Blu-ray review of the 1980 horror film “The Changeling” starring George C. Scott. The is one of the great, underrated horror films of the 80’s and John covers everything from the film itself, to the blu-ray transfer and the disc extras.

Midnight Magazine features an interview with Hugh Gallagher, editor of Draculina, the long-running magazine that was kind of a cross between Playboy and Fangoria. Hot women and gore? What’s not to like? Gallagher talks not only about Draculina but also the feature films he produced.

Another piece I loved was John Monsees marvelous look at three schlocky B movie films about fish monsters: “The Monster of Piedras Blancas”, “The Beach Girls and the Monsters”, and “The Horror of Party Beach”. A trio of movies so bad they’re good.

There is an interview with Butch Patrick (Eddie from The Munsters), short comic stories, book reviews, and so much more. Editor Eric Wright has put together an intriguing and eclectic mix of articles that is at once nostalgic but also fresh. Checkout their facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/MidnightCryptEntertainment

OUR SCORE 97 OUT OF 100

By Timothy Janson

Tim Janson has been an entertainment writer for 20 years whose credits include: Fangoria, City Slab, Newsarama, Collider, The Horror Review, Mania Entertainment, and several others. He is an avid collector of books and swords.

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