April 3rd, 2011


"Fade to Black" Fades to Black

So, remember that teaser post I wrote back on Thursday about my first column for a new writing gig I would be announcing at a later date? Disregard it.

Saturday morning I was informed by the editor-in-chief that the plug had been pulled on the magazine.

It came completely out of the blue for me, as it did for most everyone else involved. Thursday I'd been talking with the editor-in-chief about how the designer would be starting on a logo and page template for my recurring column, "Fade to Black," and two days later I hear the whole thing's dead. This is the business, I guess. It's a tough time to start a new print magazine. Even, apparently, an entertainment and pop culture magazine with name brand recognition and a built-in audience.

As far as I know, the first issue was already put to bed when the axe came down, so it might still be published. I don't know for sure. The second issue won't be. "Fade to Black" was supposed to debut in the second issue. I keep hoping for a last minute save, but the things I'm hearing about what's happening behind the scenes make me very, very doubtful.

I enjoyed my brief time working with the editor-in-chief, though, and would do so again in a heartbeat. I hope we'll have the chance in the near future. In the meantime, I am, once again, searching for a new home for my horror column. Though after Fear Zone, The Internet Review of Science Fiction, and now this, I'm starting to think the damn thing's a serial killer.