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Xerox Ferox: The Wild World of the Horror Film Fanzine Paperback – October 20, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Headpress (October 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909394106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909394100
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"My most anticipated book of the year."-- Kier-La Janisse, Fangoria

"There is definitive and then there is this! Utterly amazing job!"-- William S. Wilson, Video Junkie

About the Author

John Szpunar is a freelance writer living in Detroit, Michigan. From 1998 to 2008, he co-ran Barrel Entertainment, a DVD company specializing in arthouse, gore, and sleaze films from around the world. Xerox Ferox is his first book of interviews.

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An essential purchase and highly recommended.
Fred Adelman
Given this book’s encyclopedic coverage of the subject, I’ll be chewing on it for a while and I don’t want to wait to spread the good news to you dear readers.
Jacob Gustafson
Generous samples of artwork and page layouts from the zines illustrate the book.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jared D. Martin on November 1, 2013
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Let me be upfront about a couple of things. First, I pre-ordered this behemoth seven months ago so obviously I've been waiting for it to arrive on my doorstep for a long time. That might not make me the most objective reviewer. Almost made it by a Halloween, but alas, it just wasn't meant to be. It's only been in my grubby little hands for a couple of hours so I can't comment on every nuance of the thing, but I just wanted people to know what to expect and to get the word out there about just how badass it really is. This is a massive and highly detailed book. The original page count I kept seeing was five hundred, so when amazon changed their listing to 800 I just assumed someone was asleep at the controls, but hell no. Eight hundred pages is what you get, and it's packed. Besides the interviews with the creators, you also get lots of reproduced images and page layouts from the zines themselves. And perhaps the best thing from all the portions I've been able to read, it seems like everyone interviewed was genuinely happy to speak. These are talented people. Fans of the horror genre who have influenced it in ways they probably never anticipated, just by writing about it and spreading the word when no one else cared.
Horror fans this is for you. Not the casual fan. The fanatic. You know who you are. You can't explain it, but it's in your dna. It's in these guys' dna, and John Szpunar and he deserves some serious props for putting this together. The time it must have taken. If you are wondering if this is for you then it probably isn't. I think the audience for this kind of thing knows. I love those Cinema Sewer books and a couple weeks ago I went to a midnight movie double feature of Deep Red and The Gates of Hell.Sound like something you would be into? Enough said. Buy it now.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By UncleBobMartin on November 4, 2013
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I think it's been, I guess, just a little over a year since I spoke with Szpunar about the first days of the magazine Fangoria, which I edited, and the reasons that it came into existence.

He asked all of the exactly-right questions, so I was more than happy to give him my answers.

Thereafter, I've kept tabs on his Facebook presence, and followed this book's growth with increasing anticipation, seeing its announced page-count expand as its author found too many rich veins of research that could not, in good conscience, be excluded.

And today, it arrived!

Of course I turned immediately to "Chapter 5: Uncle Bob Martin: Enter Fangoria," It was tucked appropriately between a chapter devoted to Richard Klemenson [Editor-Publisher of the very professionally-produced fanzine Little Shoppe of Horrors] and a chapter devoted to the late Bill Landis [whose Sleazoid Express was often produced with a carelessness to match the hygiene of the 42nd Street grindhouse theaters that Landis haunted].

It will be a looooong time before I've digested the full 800 pages of Xerox Ferox, and I certainly plan to update this review as I do so...but in the meantime, I am so proud of my part in this book I cannot contain myself.

If you grew up with Fangoria, buy this book. If you grew up with 80s horror, buy this book. If you grew up collecting anything to do with horror, buy this book.

If you want to know how and why American film culture changed from the days of Roger Corman to the days of Quentin Tarantino, definitely buy this book!

"Give me whereon to stand", Archimedes famously said, "and I will move the earth."

This is a book about a bunch of kids who had nowhere to stand, so they made a place to stand -- and they MOVED the EARTH!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TimothyMayer on December 15, 2013
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It’s not often I get to write about a book where I’m one of the subjects, as in Xerox Ferox. Come to think of it, this is the first time. Someone was even nice enough to send me a copy, which is all I wanted for the interview I contributed. Now how nice is that?

Subtitled “The Wild World of Horror Film Fanzines” Xerox Ferox is a collection of forty interviews with horror film fanzine publishers. There’s even a 41st chapter entitled “Lost Zine Interviews” with filmmakers whose careers owed much to their fanzine base.The 40 chapters are arranged in historical order, so you find most of the early publishers in front and the final ones toward the end. The headings are simple: the name of the interviewee is given with the name of the publication he produced. I’m #9, “Tim Mayer: Fear of Darkness“. If the person is known for more than one fanzine, the chapter title is more generic. For instance, my good friend Tim Paxton’s chapter (#22) is entitled “Monster International!”. Most interviews were done by John Szpunar, other interviewers are credited in the table of contents. Mine was done by my good friend Chris Poggiali (#33: Temple of Schlock“).

Reading through this massive tome, which clocks in at 800 pages, I’m taken back to the distant 80′s when, while listening to a homemade cassette tape of a local punk band, I hit on the name for my own zine: Fear of Darkness. Not knowing the least thing about publishing, outside some articles I had done for few entertainment magazines, I was still convinced I could publish a magazine myself, just like the ones on the newsstands. With the help of a friend in the printing business, I soon found myself with a magazine and printer bills to pay. I struggled with it for two years, most of 1983 and 84, until production costs wiped me out financially.
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