Sheer Filth!: Bizarre Cinema, Weird Literature, Strange Music, Extreme Art

Sheer Filth!: Bizarre Cinema, Weird Literature, Strange Music, Extreme Art

by David Flint (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781903254769
Publisher: FAB Press
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,274,193
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Flint began writing for Cold Sweat, before contributing to books and magazines as varied as Penthouse, Skin Two, Loaded, Bizarre, Forum, Sky Magazine, Rapid Eye and more. He also wrote notes for numerous DVDs as well as making documentaries that were included on international DVD releases. He is the author of Babylon Blue and Zombie Holocaust, and co-edited Ten Years of Terror. David has appeared as an expert commentator on TV & radio, and provided commentary tracks for Deep Throat and Immoral Tales. He has edited Headpress and Divinity, and is webmaster at

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I've been producing my own magazines for as long as I can remember. Admittedly, those early efforts consisted of roughly cut and stapled sheets of paper that either featured comic strips or film stills cut from magazines with hand written reviews, and they all existed as limited editions of one copy - but still. You have to start somewhere.

At that time, I harboured no serious illusions that UGH! Would develop into a printed publication. I had no awareness of 'fanzines' until my early teens, when I began to read Dez Skinn's magnificent HOUSE OF HAMMER magazine.

HoH did an invaluable service with its reviews of US fanzines. To find that there was a whole world of alternative, non-professional publications out there was pretty inspirational. A couple of years later, I'd begun to read some of these publications, thanks to a surprisingly adventurous local newsagents and the mail order facilities of Maya Merchandising. Through these sources, I picked up a bunch of CINEFANTASTIQUEs alongside copies of LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS, CINEFAN and FANDOM'S FILM GALLERY.

What was most impressive about these magazines was the depth of writing, often on the most obscure subjects - something that you just didn't get in the pro-zines. But as impressive as these magazines were, they still seemed to be something that would be impossible for an unemployed school leaver - to emulate. These were glossy magazines with writers who had access to all the right contacts. They seemed to exist in a world that was far removed from the life of a teenager living on the outskirts of Manchester.

But things were happening. A change was afoot. A change brought about by the VCR, punk, the photocopier and FANGORIA.

When I put together the first edition of SF in the summer of 1987, I had no idea what I was doing. The illustrations were mostly culled from video magazine clippings and newspaper ads. Midway through putting it together I discovered that you could take a sheet of A4 paper to a copy shop and have it reduced to A5 - this was a revelation. Not knowing where else I could print it up, I paid someone to run off 100 copies. Then I stapled the three sheets of A4 together into a 12 page zine, paid for a classified ad offering it for sale at 50p plus postage, and waited.

I didn't wait long. Within a couple of days of the magazine hitting the shelves, the orders started coming in. And not just orders. Correspondence. Fan mail. And other fanzines. I was up and running.

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Sheer Filth!: Bizarre Cinema, Weird Literature, Strange Music, Extreme Art 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor cousin to similarly themed publications
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