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RUE MORGUE Issue 195 July/Aug 2020 Pandemic Special Issue

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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in this issue

3 min
note from underground

I had a bunch of ideas for themed issues of Rue Morgue when I came aboard as editor – a plague issue was among them, but I never imagined tackling the subject in the midst of one. But here we are, and I imagine I’m not the only one spending time counting my blessings with deliberate, mindful diligence lest I give in to the despair of uncertainty that lurks behind every national news broadcast. I’m still finding it hard to focus, but I love having my partner working from home – except when he interrupts me while I’m writing, and then I fantasize about chasing him through the Manor with an axe. But I try to remind myself that this is understandable given these circumstances (assuming I don’t give in…

5 min

I’VE BEEN READING editorials for years now and this one was very special to me. First, it brought tears to my eyes! Second, I think it is the first text I’ve read since the start of this pandemic makes sense. You pointed out all the terms that are important and way more. Third, as a long-time reader and subscriber, I am used to being pinned as a weirdo for my love of horror, and you wrote so well how we, horror fans, are affected in a different way by all this. I’ve tried to explain all that to my relatives for years and they don’t really understand, but you explained it so well. Many thanks to you. What a pleasure it is to be a weirdo among all those weirdos…

2 min
weird stats & morbid facts

ISSUE # 195 A village on the island of Java, Indonesia, recruited volunteers dressed as “shroud ghosts” in an attempt to scare people into staying home during quarantine. Freddy Krueger’s appearance was inspired by a hobo who A Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven saw staring at him through his window when he was ten years old. A human head remains conscious for approximately twenty seconds after being decapitated. Author Dennis Wheatley once invited Aleister Crowley to dinner, and ended up basing his character Mocata from The Devil Rides Out on the notorious occultist. The Mount of Olives in Israel is the oldest, continually used cemetery in the world. M. Night Shyamalan considered calling his 2002 movie The Alien Bulletin or Visitors before settling on Signs. In 1924, Thornton Jones woke up to find he had…

1 min
expiring minds

If 2020 was a horror movie, what would be the tagline? The Year WE Stayed Home. COLIN BAXTER, VIA FACEBOOK In your own space, everyone can hear you scream. OLIVER COMSTOCK REYNOLDS, VIA FACEBOOK It puts the COVID in the basket, Or it gets to wash its hands again. JON HILL, VIA FACEBOOK Hindsight ain't always 2020. THOMAS SLAGPEG, VIA FACEBOOK Even in the face of death, stupidity knows no bounds. @JOETHURTEEN, VIA INSTAGRAM 2020: The year that pigs flu. MIKE CARLSON, VIA FACEBOOK The roaring 20s are back… with a vengeance. @CRAZYBYTHESEA, VIA INSTAGRAM The Beginning of the End or The End of the World As We Know It. @PANDORASBOX2501, VIA INSTAGRAM FINAL WORDS AS CAPTIONED BY YOU ON OUR SOCIAL MEDIA “THE YELLOW PIG SAW IT ALL. AND WOULD KEEP HER SECRET FOREVER.” THIS MONTH’S CAPTION CONTEST WINNER IS RYAN PETERS - @THRASHMARSHALL, VIA TWITTER Follow us on Facebook, Twitter…

2 min

It’s summertime, and since most of us aren't going to be able to head to the beach to cool off or catch some waves, we may as well watch a bunch of movies where these fun-filled activities result in horrible, bloody death. Shark attack films such as Jaws, The Shallows, 47 Meters Down, and Open Water are staple summertime viewing for horror fans, not to mention made-for-TV schlock like the Sharknado series. But just how likely is that refreshing dip to end in a shark’s gaping maw? According to Florida Museum’s International Shark Attack File (“the world’s only scientifically documented, comprehensive database of all known shark attacks”), your overall risk of dying by shark is roughly one in three million. You’re about ten times more likely to die in a fireworks…

1 min
body horror

MATTEO NANGERONI LOCATION: Padua, Italy INSTAGRAM: @matteonangeroni And now, for something completely different! With tattoos depicting people falling into black holes or glossy eyeballs peering from the centre of a flower, it’s perhaps no surprise that Matteo Nangeroni is inspired by psychological horror and the artwork of surrealists Colin Garland, M.C. Escher and Salvador Dalí. Hailing from the White Whale Tattoo Society in Padua, theItalian artist’s portfolio proves that art needn’t be explicitly violent to be highly unsettling. “I guess graphic surrealism is a proper word for my style,” he tells Rue Morgue. “I loveto create feelings through my tattoos; something that makes you think and feel.”…