I was fortunate enough to meet Brian Harris via email. Brian, along with his partners, has been publishing print magazines for years. They’ve sold well over 10,000 copies of their magazines, earned several Rondo Award nominations, and are preparing to release their first “creator-owned” book project.
Brian is the editor and publisher of Weng’s Chop Magazine as well as the publisher of Timothy Paxton’s Monster! He was kind enough to send me a copy of each of the publications for review.
Monster! is published monthly. It’s the smaller of the two publications and focuses exclusively on monster movies, with much of the content devoted to reviews of older B-movie/monster movie horror classics. We reviewed the Spring Special (Issues 28/29) — 215 pages of insightful reviews and articles on the history of horror cinema, plus beautiful black and white movie stills and classic movie posters.
This publication has a great nostalgic vibe, reminiscent of the classic Famous Monster of Filmland Magazine. The issue I reviewed had a huge section on H.P. Lovecraft movies, which was amazing. I loved the “My Monster Movie Marathon Diary” section featuring a selection of reviews by Christos Mouroukis.
And, perhaps the most amazing part for me was the section at the back of the book called the “Monster! Movie Checklist”, listing the title availability of all films mentioned or reviewed in the issue. This is an amazing resource for fans of monster movies interested in checking out some amazing new titles.
Monster! #30 (June-July 2016) was just released and is available for purchase here. It’s the better part of 164 pages thick, and just as chock-a-block with monstrous goodness as ever. Features include a loving look at the DIY-with-TLC creature features of regional American filmmaker Brett Piper, an in-depth essay on