Mag Dash

Steve A. Wiggins

I don’t do much magazine reading. Back when I had more time (mainly before buying a house), there were a few with which I attempted to keep up. Mainly, however, I’d buy a particular issue that I wanted to keep. I suspect that’s because I’m a book reader and my time for pure reading is limited. Strange thing for a professor/editor hybrid to write, but there you have it. Each year I “pledge” a number of books to Goodreads to keep me honest, and achieving that goal adds a kind of friendly pressure on my reading time. Magazines don’t count, and mostly I never read the whole thing. My current book project is an analysis of the movie The Wicker Man. This led to some magazine reading.

Horror movies, especially, have been traditionally treated as ephemera with little lasting cultural value.  Fan magazines, therefore, often provide most of the…

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