Exclusive Interview with Tony Timpone, Editor of Fangoria Magazine
By James Whittington, Thursday 29th June 2006
Tony Timpone is the longtime editor of the world’s longest running horror magazine, Fangoria. Here, in this exclusive interview with Zone Horror's resident host Jason Jones, he discusses his inspirations, his thoughts on today’s cinema and plans for the future.

JJ: What started your appreciation of the horror genre? Did you see a certain movie when you were younger that sparked off your affection for them? (For me it was Hammer's Dracula when I was 7)

TT: The original KING KONG sparked my interest in the fantastique, followed by a steady diet of Japanese giant monster movies, classic Universal monster flicks, AIP drive-in fare, etc.

JJ: Did you read horror comics as a kid?

TT: Yes, I read many Marvel comic book titles. Horror favorites were WEREWOLF BY NIGHT and MAN-THING. But I dug the superheroes more: SPIDER-MAN, SILVER SURFER, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, etc.

JJ: Fangoria has been going for such a long time (since 1979) and you've been there for quite sometime. How did the magazine come about in the first place and how do you keep your enthusiasm up after all this time?

TT: I joined the company in 1985 when Fango had just reached issue #48. FANGORIA began life as sort of an annex for sister publication STARLOG, which catered to the sci-fi set. Fango inherited all the articles that were not a good fit for STARLOG: Godzilla movies, gory FX, slasher films, monsters, etc. Now, over 200 issues later (!), yes, I still find the job exciting and fun. I can’t imagine leaving. I get to be a kid every day. I’ve always loved these kinds of movies, so editing FANGORIA and working on our sideline projects allows me the opportunity to wallow in them.

JJ: How much has the magazine changed over the years?

TT: It has changed tremendously, especially design-wise. We have more pages, we’re all color, better paper, you name it. The computer age has also made assembling the magazine easier than in 1979 where everything was done by hand almost. We also have more content than ever before because more people in Hollywood and around the world have taken horror mainstream. Everyone’s making horror films, and it’s Fango’s job to report on each one.

JJ: The first issue I came across was number 39, a time when the TV show "V" was hitting TV screen s across the globe. I was shocked but overjoyed to read a magazine that dared to show blood and gore, did you ever have problems with the magazines content or its glorious covers?

TT: No, I have always reveled in Fango’s choice of cover ghouls and its politically incorrect content.

JJ: Have you ever had to censor yourself for the overseas markets and has there been any country that has refused to stock Fangoria?

TT: I have never censored Fango for the overseas market. Sometimes I won’t run a photo if it’s too gross, but only rarely, and usually it’s because the shot looks phony. Fango (and late sister publication GOREZONE) had issues pulled in the UK and Canada back in the ’80s, and we even sparked PM Margaret Thatcher’s ire once. In Parliament, she reportedly held up a copy of Fango and exclaimed, “This is something children should not see!”

JJ: You released Gorezone magazine in 1988 which seemed to be Fangoria taken to the next level as some of the pictures were more graphic. How much were you involved with it and if so, were you saddened by its short shelf life (I recall it was 26 issues as that's all I could get hold of!)?

TT: I edited GOREZONE from issue #1. Yes, we tried to make it more extreme than Fango and cover more indie films. Our publisher launched the mag to squash any competition on the newsstands, and we did. It was a fun run. We folded the mag in 1993 to concentrate on making Fango bigger and better. I miss GOREZONE, but I don’t miss the extra work.

JJ: Has there been any Fangoria spin off's that haven't made it past the drawing board?

TT: At one point we almost did a FANGO JUNIOR, for the young adult/GOOSEBUMPS set. Thank God it never got published!

JJ: Is there one article or feature you're most proud of?

TT: That’s tough. It’s more favorite issues, like marker editions #100, 200 and the 25th anniversary special. I’m very proud of my recent George Romero interview in Fango #250, and the multipart articles on the American Film Market that I wrote for

JJ: Where do you stand on Hollywood's over reliance on remakes (or as they call it "re-imagining" of old classics such as The Fog) and what's your honest opinion on the PG-13 run of horror movies?

TT: Some remakes work, like DAWN OF THE DEAD and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, because they went off in different directions. Others are complete wastes of time, like THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and THE FOG reduxes. There have been some effective PG and PG-13 horror films, going all the way back to JAWS in 1975. You don’t need gore and foul language to make a movie scary. It’s all in the story, characters and suspense. But filmmakers shouldn’t censor themselves for a rating.

JJ: What do you think of other horror magazines such as Rue-Morgue and Dark Side?

TT: I’m too busy with my own thing to read the other mags, but I do like the folks over at RUE MORGUE.

JJ: You served as a producer on Bravo's 5-hour documentary series THE 100 SCARIEST MOVIE MOMENTS and helped guide the first three Fango flicks for Columbia Tri-Star Home Video: MINDWARP (starring Bruce Campbell and Angus Scrimm), CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (with Karen Black and Ami Dolenz) and SEVERED TIES (with Oliver Reed and Elke Sommer). How did you get involved with all these productions?

TT: On THE 100 SCARIEST MOVIE MOMENTS, Kaufman Films needed a “horror guy” to get them connected with the folks in the horror industry. So I came on board and tracked down and interviewed most of the scream greats for the series. It was a wonderful, year-long experience. On the three Fango feature films, I was a consultant because the movies were produced largely out of our New York offices, and I could offer suggestions on scripts, talent, etc.

JJ: Would you like to get into movie making production fulltime?

TT: Maybe. I enjoy producing. But I love editing the magazine too. I want to continue doing both.

JJ: You'll get asked this all the time but do you still experience scares and thrills after all this time whilst watching horror movies?

TT: Yes, but not often. But I can get scared or startled like anyone else. I was squirming with the audience during KING KONG’s over-the-top pit scene the other night.

JJ: Is there one horror writer, filmmaker or star you still wish to interview or feature?

TT: We’ve gotten them all over the years. I’d love to meet Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood some day, so I hope they have some fright flicks in their future.

JJ: So what does the future hold for Fangoria and for Anthony Timpone himself?

TT: We closed FANGORIA #250 not long ago, which continues to mark a milestone for the publication. FANGORIA is the longest-running horror publication in history. For the most part, we will continue to do what we have been doing for 26 years. We also want to continue making bigger and better, with more news, special features and interactivity. We hope to have a major redesign launched in 2006. I want our conventions to grow more, expanding in more U.S. cities and enter overseas countries like the UK. With FANGORIA TV, the goal is to start with streaming it live over the web, then going after cable. We are also “sneaking” our programs on Monsters HD. The show I’m most proud of is SCREAMOGRAPHY, which is our BIOGRAPHY-style series. Some of the celebs I’ve interviewed for SCREAMOGRAPHY include Sean Cunningham, Joe Dante, David J. Schow, Robert Englund and many others. I want to continue working on that show, as well as grow with the company as we begin producing movies again in 2006. In addition, on June 23 we launched FANGORIA Radio (, which airs on Fridays nights on Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 102. This 3-hour horror entertainment program, hosted by Dee Snider and Debbie Rochon, unites fright fans from all over the world.

JJ: What's your perfect Friday night pizza and horror movie combination?

TT: Lately it has been episodes of MASTERS OF HORROR and NY’s best pizza, DiFara’s in Midwood. Yum!

JJ:Tony Timpone, thank you very much

Chilling modern folk horror coming from T. Kingfisher
Posted in News, Friday 14th February 2020

The Twisted Ones is the celebrated debut from T. Kingfisher. Published last year in the US, The Twisted Ones was shortlisted in the Goodreads Reader's Choice for horror and received rave reviews, now Titan will be bringing it to the UK market for the first time on 17th March.

When Mouse's dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be? Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather;s journal, which seems like nonsense until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described. Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face...

The Breach - brand new fiction from M.T. Hill
Posted in News, Monday 10th February 2020

Award-winning author M.T. Hill returns with a new science fiction novel that blurs the lines between reality and fiction in a gripping exploration of the dangerous underground world of urban exploration. With hints of the claustrophobic terror of Sarah Lotz's The White Road blended with Philip K. Dick-esque imaginings, The Breach is genre-bending, pageturning read that aptly demonstrates why Hill is one of today's most exciting new voices in weird fiction.

Freya Medlock, a reporter at her local paper, is down on her luck and chasing a break. When she's assigned to cover the death of a young climber named Stephen, she might just have the story she needs. Digging into Stephen's life, Frey...

A chance to see The Man With the X-Ray Eyes in HD!
Posted in News, Monday 10th February 2020

Get ready for a visual treat as Second Sight announces the first ever UK Blu-ray release of Roger Corman's seminal horror sci-fi classic The Man With the X-Ray Eyes on 20th April.

This 1960s cult favourite will be a sight to behold with a newly restored Limited Edition Box Set release, featuring stacks of brand new special features, including a new interview with director Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors), commentaries and much more, please see details in full below. The set arrives on 20 April 2020 complete with new artwork, designed by Graham Humphreys, a reversible poster and a soft cover book with writing by Jon Towlson and Allan Bryce.

Obsessed with expand...

His Dark Materials to get a stunning release on vinyl.
Posted in News, Monday 10th February 2020

Philip Pullman's bestselling trilogy of books has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide and formed the basis of the major HBO/BBC TV series His Dark Materials. Now, this stunning 9LP box set presents BBC Radio's full-cast dramatisations of all three novels thanks to Demon Records.

Follow the adventures of Lyra belacqua and Willy Parry, two children catapulted into a life-or-death struggle to save the future of the cosmos. In Northern lights 11-year-old Lyra discovers dark forces at work, involving kidnapped children and a mysterious substance called 'dust'. In the subtle Knife will finds an opening into a haunted world, where daemon-destroying Spectrobes roam. In the Amber spygla...

What you can't see can hurt you! New trailer for The Invisible Man
Posted in News, Monday 10th February 2020

What you can't see can hurt you. Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss stars in The Invisible Man, a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal's classic monster character.

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid).

But when Cecilia's abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threaten...

Medieval carnage descends in Aliens: Phalanx!
Posted in News, Sunday 9th February 2020

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Infected and Alive delivers medieval carnage, as a pre-industrial society fights extinction at the hands of a massive infestation of Xenomorphs. Aliens: Phalanx is a wholly self-contained novel that expertly mixes horror and adventure, and adds an exciting new chapter to the canon of the Alien universe.

Penned by fan-favourite author Sigler (whose short story 'Dangerous Prey' in the Aliens: Bug Hunt anthology was incredibly well received), this is the eighth original novel in Titan's successful, ongoing Alien publishing program, and promises to be a must-read for fans of the franchise!

Ataegina was an isolated world of medieval castles, va...

Interview with Adam Stovall, director of A Ghost Waits
Posted in Frightfest, Interviews, Sunday 9th February 2020

Ahead of the World premiere of A Ghost Waits at Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow 2020, director Adam Stovall reflects on getting through depression, creating paranormal romance and the influence of Tom Waits...

You have an interesting CV - from comedy theatre and film journalism to writing for The Hollywood Reporter and second assistant directing. Was all this a game plan to becoming a fully-fledged director?

AS: I've known since I was a little kid sitting in the basement watching the network TV premiere of Back To The Future while holding my Back To The Future storybook and waiting for them to premiere the first footage from Back To The Future 2 during a commercial br...

Award-winning filmmaker Scott Lyus set to direct debut horror feature film Walking Against The Rain early June 2020
Posted in News, Sunday 9th February 2020

The apocalyptic Biblical monster movie, shot on locations in the UK over a three-week period, will star Cruel Summer's Reece Douglas, newcomer Maisy Kay and James Swanton as monster creation 'The Forsaken'.

Set six months after a biblical plague has fallen upon the world, Walking Against The Rain tells the story of two strangers, Tommy (Reece Douglas) and Blair (Maisy Kay) who are navigating their way across a barren landscape in a desperate attempt to find each other. With their only form of communication being two soon-to-die battery operated radio mics and with a new evil in the shape of 'The Forsaken' tracking them down, they must learn to confront loss and rediscover a trust in humanity. Or...

Interview with Simeon Halligan, director of Habit
Posted in Features, Interviews, Sunday 9th February 2020

Simeon Halligan is one of the busiest people working in the industry today. Writer, director, producer, director of celebrated film festival Grimmfest, in fact the list goes on.

His latest film is the neon tinged, blood-splattered masterpiece Habit which is showing on Horror February 14th so we thought we should get the story on how he brought this shocker to the big screen.

HC: When did you first become aware of the book by Stephen McGeagh to which Habit is based?

SH: I read the book a couple of years back and really liked it. A combination of gritty realism and dark fantasy; set within a very recognisable Manchester. There's a juxtaposition in the book; from a kind of soc...

The last ever BBC radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy makes its vinyl debut!
Posted in News, Saturday 8th February 2020

First broadcast in 2018, the Hexagonal Phase is based on Eoin Colfer's And Another Thing..., the first - and, to date, only - official sequel to Douglas Adams's original book series. This is also the first ever publication of the original radio edits of the Hexagonal Phase, as heard on their original Radio 4 broadcast.

Presented on 3 x 180g heavyweight neon green vinyl, and presented in illustrated wallets inside a rigid, bound 20 page book, including a perspective sleeve note by Geoff McGivern and a concluding overview of the series' development by Jem Roberts, Adams's official biographer.

A Amazon UK Exclusive Edition contains a print signed by Geoff McGivern and is limite...

Spiral - A terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW...
Posted in News, Wednesday 5th February 2020

A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW.

Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel "Zeke" Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer's morbid game.

Spiral stars Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is produced by the original SAW team of Mark Burg and Oren Koules. The film is directed by ...

Knives and Skin - Original Soundtrack
Posted in Reviews, Thursday 30th January 2020
Knives and Skin - Original Soundtrack
Nick Zinner
Lakeshore Records

Knives and Skin from director Jennifer Reeder was one of the strongest and most original movies from FrightFest 2019. Its hypnotic and sometimes surreal plot contained some superb set-pieces of nerve tightening drama. To make the film even more memorable it had a score which added a delicate beauty to the whole experience.

Part suburban nightmare, part neon-soaked teenage fever dream, this tantalizing mystery traces the wave of fear and distrust that spreads across a small Midwestern town in the wake of a high school girl's mysterious disappearance. As the loneliness and darkness lurking beneath the ve...

Articles Archive: 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
The 7 Adventures of Sinbad
Saturday 29th February
6.35 PM
Tuesday 25th February
9.00 PM
Night of the Living Dead
Thursday 27th February
9.00 PM