I don’t buy too many magazines these days. They are a bit pricey for the content you actual get, plus they are not the hardest to find these days. Sure, I’ve tried subscribing to a few, but some of them don’t seem to worry about when you get your issue. Since most of them are 1/3 of ads, I feel that you’re better off putting that $10 towards an actual book. But that is just me.
But, one magazine that I think is much different than those, and one that I buy each and every time a new issue comes out, is Richard Klemensen’s Little Shoppe of Horrors. I have been picking up them religiously since issue #8, which came out back in 1984. “The Klem” as he is called, has been putting this magazine out for over 40 years. If there are two things that shows in each and every issue is passion and dedication for Hammer Films, as well as British horror in general. With every issue, information is packed to the gills from the topics they are covering, with some stunning artwork filling out the pages. You’ll find information and interviews that give you a lot of insight of these films. And the “making of” pieces, which are usually written by Bruce G. Hallenbeck, are worth the cost of the issue alone. He never fails to shed new light on whatever film he is writing on.
Issue #34 is out now and covers Hammer’s The Phantom of the Opera, with some great stuff in there. Not only is their Hallenbeck’s piece on the making of it, but also interviews and other informative pieces. Always worth your time and money. Plus, since these issues are really made by fan for the fans, and that it is not riddled with advertising like most mags, not a lot of money is made by Klemensen and the rest of the talented people behind them. So if you are even remotely a fan of Hammer films, then you should give one of these a try. Then again, if you are already a die hard Hammer fan, you probably already get them! But if not…then now is a perfect time to start
You can check out their website HERE for ordering information.