by Lou Goncey and Dan Taylor (that's me),
ER debuted in the fall of 1986 with tons
of reviews and an interview with the legendary
John Waters. (You can read
that first interview here on our site.)
Unknown to us, there was an entire drive-in
film zine movement afoot and we quickly
became familiar with publications like Steve
Puchalski's great SLIMETIME, Craig Ledbetter's
influential EUROPEAN TRASH CINEMA, Jeff
Smith's brilliant WET PAINT and other great
examples of B-movie fandom.
Originally intended as a quarterly
publication, ER made the jump to a more
frequent distribution schedule with issue
#3. The review zine format stuck and though
not published as often as I would have liked,
ER did make it into the hands of our subscribers
on a regular basis.
By the mid-1990s, the drive-ins
we frequented were gone and it was getting
harder and harder to find diamonds in the
cinematic rough. We'd tackled such weighty
issues as The Guide to Klaus Kinski (also
reprinted here), Women in Prison Films,
and other junk film topics, but found the
zine drifting into offbeat pop culture coverage
(like horror movies made into Atari 2600
games) as well as music reviews. Subscribers
were often confused about the publication's
direction, especially those who had loyally
followed the zine since its blood-spattered
When I moved to Pittsburgh
in the fall of 1995 I figured on putting
ER to rest, at least as a print publication.
This web site had been launched that spring
and the idea of being able to distribute
via the Web became more attractive financially
Some zines, however, refuse to die.
Friends and felow publishers Larry Kay and
Leslie Goldman approached me with an offer
that I couldn't refuse. For as long as I
wanted, they would publish ER as a supplement
to their excellent art / music / smut / wrestling
14. That arrangement stuck for seven
more issues at which point the decision was finally
made to let ER go with issue #50.
Or so I thought. For a dozen years or so I was content to crank out ER as a website and blog, contribute articles to other print/online publications, publish sister zine The Hungover Gourmet, etc. But when 2011's Revenge of Print movement reared its head and some old zinesters dusted off their long reach staplers for a return to the trenches, well, I couldn't pass up the chance.
ER #51 was published in the Fall of 2012 and was surprisingly well received for a publication that had been mothballed for more than a decade. Still available in limited quantities, the issue showed there was still interest in our blend of "junk culture and fringe media" and ER #52 debuted two years later. That issue – available here – also marked our initial foray into on demand publishing via CreateSpace/Amazon. So far the results have been good, I learned what needs to be tweaked in future issues and ER #53 is already in the planning stages for Fall 2015.
And there you have it... a little ER History Lesson for those who care enough to read this far.
Just remember, pain is temporary, film is forever.
– Dan Taylor
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