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RUE MORGUE Issue 199 Mar/Apr 2021

Launched in 1997 by Rodrigo Gudiño, RUE MORGUE is the world’s leading horror in culture and entertainment brand, spearheaded by its multiple award-winning magazine, RUE MORGUE and RUE MORGUE DIGITAL; RUE MORGUE TV specialty horror channel; RUE MORGUE LIBRARY book series; RUE MORGUE PRESENTS FRIGHTMARE IN THE FALLS horror expo and RUE MORGUE PRESENTS CINEMACABRE MOVIE NIGHTS monthly film series.

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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
note from underground

I met Gary Sherman and Bill Lustig at Fantasia Film Fest in the summer of 2019. Rue Morgue President Rodrigo Gudiño was living in Montreal at the time, so the four of us dined on a patio on a warm August evening. Gary and I became fast friends out of our mutually held attitudes toward the genre, and we’ve kept in touch ever since. As such, interviewing him for the cover story felt almost therapeutic, reconnecting me with the genre in a way I’ve been struggling with lately. In our interview, Gary told me a heartbreaking anecdote about how he learned of the death of Dead & Buried star Jack Albertson on the news, the morning after they had worked together on the film’s ADR. I don’t keep quite such prolific…

4 min

I FIRST DISCOVERED RM in a record store in Atlanta. It was the Jan/Feb issue (RM#25), with Blood Feast 2 highlighted on the cover. I noticed it mainly because I had recently had the pleasure of working on the film (from start to finish) with Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman, mostly in Abita Springs, Louisiana. It is still one of my fondest memories. I lived in Mississippi at the time, and am now in New Orleans. Anyway, I have purchased every issue since. I really don’t know why I have never subscribed. I know I would save a few bucks (and help y’all out as well), but I still love discovering it on the shelf. When COVID-19 slowed everything to a crawl for a while, I had to order…

2 min
coroner’s report

ISSUE # 199 Sid Vicious’ last meal before he was found dead of a heroin overdose was a poorly made spaghetti bolognese, according to Misfits bassist Jerry Only, who shared the meal. Venus, Texas, resident Freddy Mack was devoured entirely by his eighteen dogs, leaving nothing more than small bone fragments. It was unclear whether the dogs killed their owner or simply ate him once he had died. At the age of seven, Ghost Story author Peter Straub was struck by a car and had to relearn how to walk after having been hospitalized for several months. Valentin Didenko, Yury Alferov, and Natalia Monakova died of carbon dioxide suffocation and drowning when 25 kilograms of dry ice thrown into an indoor swimming pool at a sauna party in Moscow to create a layer of…

2 min
massacre at jonestown

Cults appear frequently in horror, and in a variety of flavours, from Satanists to pagans to doomsday proselytes. But a significant number of horror movies have drawn inspiration from The Peoples Temple, a real-life cult led by Jim Jones that culminated in the largest loss of American lives until the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Jones, a self-ordained Christian preacher from Indiana, started what would become The Peoples Temple in 1955 and took the congregation out to California where their work garnered the attention of local politicians, who not only recognized their philanthropy but took note of Jones’ charisma and ability to garner a loyal following. But underneath the spotless veneer was an organization rotting from the inside, with allegations that Jones was exploiting and abusing his members. Jones fled the growing bad…

1 min
body horror

VOZIAKOVA ALEKSANDRA LOCATION: Saint Petersburg, Russia INSTAGRAM: @aleksdarkink From nature’s creepy crawlies to creatures out of the cosmos, Voziakova Aleksandra’s black and grey nightmares are worthy of a spot on your skin. “I’m inspired by Russian and foreign folklore, old Russian and European fairy tales,” she tells Rue Morgue. “Sometimes I go to the forest in search of new textures, dark atmosphere, and new forms.” The result is a portfolio stacked with myriad monsters with a diffuse, layered style that conjures the stuff of night terrors. “I consider my tattoos a reflection of my inner world; I draw and tattoo as I perceive it,” she says. “I’m very glad that my clients share this with me. I help bring the devils out.” HAVE A GREAT HORROR TAT? SHARE IT WITH US AT: INFO@RUE-MORGUE.COM.…

1 min
needful things

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