Published between 1987 and 1990, SHEER FILTH offered a heady mix of sleazy, sexy, shocking film and book reviews, wild music coverage, weird cartoons, incisive features and extraordinary interviews with legends of cult cinema and adult entertainment. Mixing serious analysis with wild enthusiasm, SHEER FILTH covered the stuff that other fanzines ignored - everything from XXX-rated cinema to true crime novels, from sleazy rock 'n' roll to experimental movies and from pulp fiction to cutting-edge art.
Produced under the constant risk of prosecution under the UK's Obscene Publications Act, SHEER FILTH defiantly stood its ground in Thatcher's repressed Britain, bringing the world the first coverage of Jorg Buttgereit's Nekromantik, cult classic Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, Psychic TV's extraordinary First Transmission and much more, long before those films became mythical must-sees, and included interviews with legends like exploitation kingpin David F. Friedman, cult movie icon Johnny Legend and goremeister Herschell Gordon Lewis.
Editor David Flint co-founded Headpress, and under his guidance SHEER FILTH was the proving ground for aspiring journalists and authors who would go on to write for Ungawa, Divinity, Shock Xpress, Skin Two and Penthouse. SHEER FILTH ran for 9 ground-breaking issues. At long last, this 10th edition gathers together most of the original contents, remixed and remastered for a new generation, and also includes plenty of sensational previously unseen material.
Fans of horror, sleaze, exploitation, adult, underground and cult entertainment rejoice! The Filth is back!
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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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