Thursday, September 24, 2015

Another new era: Chris Alexander leaves FANGORIA

Maybe some of you have heard by now that after six years at the helm, Chris Alexander is stepping down as editor-in-chief of FANGORIA.

Horror journalism -- yes, that's a real thing with real journalists -- has been in flux since he took the post more than half a decade ago. Even before then, he'd been a freelancer and was part of the team that made Canadian-based Rue Morgue a legit challenger to Fangoria's spot at the top of the heap.

I could go into a lament about how the web has ruined journalism in general and perhaps even more so for the critical work dedicated to the horror genre, but I won't, and not just because the internet has allowed me to connect to with many of the writers I admire and has provided the platform for the very product you now read. I won't because it's time to move on and accept change.

Which is exactly what Chris is doing. During the course of his run as EIC, he's made three films (and is working on another with Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy), started another magazine called Delirium with Charles band, revived GoreZone, continued to write non-horror film reviews for his local Toronto papers, and been a model husband and father.  He deserves a break but instead will keep working.

I had the opportunity to meet Chris at ZomBcon 2011 in Seattle. He smiles more than anyone in the horror biz that I know. I got his business card (which the super geek in me won't allow to be taken out of my wallet) and pitched a story. It didn't work out, but Chris listened to my idea and that's more than most people do these days.

Chris is a man of many talents. He's a writer and a musician and now a filmmaker. He's driven to succeed and so we (me) at Warning Signs wish him the best in his future endeavors and look forward to the next epoch of Fangoria's leadership.

And to whomever takes that spot, call me.

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