Rue Morgue

Horror in Culture & Entertainment

Based in Toronto, Canada, Rue Morgue (rhymes with blue org) is a monthly magazine devoted to the genre of horror. First published in the fall of 1997, Rue Morgue now holds a significant place within the horror world. In May of 2010 the magazine published its 100th issue, and now supports not only a print publication but also a radio and web presence. In addition, Rue Morgue is a major supporter of Toronto's Festival of Fear.

Published by Marrs Media, Rue Morgue derives its name from the Edgar Allan Poe short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." The magazine maintains a distinctive graphical style, thanks largely to the long tenure of the Art Director, Gary Pullin. Printed on heavy quality glossy paper, most issues contain eye- catching paintings and the recognizable title logo featuring the words "Rue Morgue" divided by a waxing crescent moon on the cover. Each Rue Morgue contains a variety of typographic styles and colors that reinforce each issue's themes. Past themes include Paul Naschy and his Waldemar Daninsky movies, 1982's The Thing and John Carpenter, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Harryhausen , and Christopher Lee and the return of Hammer Studios.

Until the spring of 2010 Rue Morgue received support from the Canadian Magazine Fund, but this program has now been replaced by the Canada Periodical Fund. As a Canadian publication funded in part by this program, Rue Morgue often features articles directly related to Canadian culture. For instance, the Canadian children's program "The Hilarious House of Frightenstein" has been featured in an article. But the magazine does not limit its coverage to horror items in the far north, instead developing an international fan base and frequently covering foreign topics, such as issue number 85's highlight of Coffin Joe and Brazilian horror movies.

Rue Morgue is published 11 times a year, skipping January and producing a double issue in its place, and follows a format that mixes regularly occurring articles with freelance and one-off work. Recurring columns include:

  • Dreadlines - "News highlights, horror happenings." - This covers current happenings in the horror world, including a sidebar entitled Roadkill that covers online content.
  • The Coroner's Report - "Weird stats and morbid facts." - A listing of various facts and figures typically related to each issue's theme. One example from issue number 100 - "After the recent SeaWorld trainer death in Florida, the American Family Association called for the killer whale to be stoned to death. This is how the Bible advises dealing with animals that kill."
  • Cinemacabre - "The latest films, the newest DVDs and reissues." - Reviews of recently released or reissued movies related to the horror genre, including a sidebar entitled Last Rites - Overlooked, Forgotten and Dismissed covering a related grouping of movies. For instance, three short reviews might be provided for a less well-known directors work or three short reviews might be provided for a niche within the genre such as torture horror or lesbian vampire horror.
  • Travelogue of Terror - Each issue finds this recurring column in a different haunted locale or horror- associated place. Sometimes these are campy or historical, such as visiting Dracula Castle in Romania, and sometimes these are more haunting themed, such as MontrĂ©al's ghost walk.
  • Audio Drome - Rue Morgue not only focuses on horror in the cinema, but also covers the genre in other mediums. This recurring article notes albums with a particularly dark bent to them. In addition, Rue Morgue also offers a free downloadable album (Hymns from the House of Horror) that showcases a variety of musical acts that fall within the purview of the magazine.
  • Classic Cut - The end page of the magazine each month, Classic Cut features older horror related works in a one-page writeup that provides background information as well as current links to the genre. Often the Classic Cut is a movie tied to the issue's featured director or actor, but sometimes other media are included, as in the case of Mozart's Requiem in issue number 70.

Rue Morgue can be found on the World Wide Web at rue-morgue.com and by phone at 416.651.9675

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