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Long before video nasties, multiple TV channels. DVDs, downloads and the like, MONSTER MAG ruled! The original horror films poster mag, it was launched in 1973 by prolific Dr Who scriptwriter Roger Noel Cook and ran for 14 issues. Following a short absence it was revived by Dez Skinn in 1976 for a further three issues before morphing into The House of Hammer.

Outside of its high profile for gore making it highly collectable, with back issues regularly selling for £20/$30, it has a far greater claim to fame… By accident, its second issue has become the world’s most scarce film magazine.

While French and German editions can sometimes be found on eBay – where they sell for as high as $1250 – there are no copies in existence of the English language number 2, having all been destroyed by HM Customs on arrival from its Italian printer, deemed unsuitable for an all-age market (a For Adults Only band was added to covers from issue 3 and stickered for a rereleased issue 1).

Another frustration for collectors is that in vol 2 #3 (issue 17) editor Dez Skinn promised that the next issue would be a “Double X” Special. But it never happened. Instead the legendary House of Hammer was launched.

With Roger Cook and Dez Skinn both working together again, there’s some long-overdue tidying up they’re promising to prioritise…


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Wyntercon 2014 is an exciting new convention celebrating Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy and Alternative genres and Space Monsters magazine will be there as part of the ! Hosted by horror host and Space Monsters editor Cyberschizoid, guests include genre icon Caroline Munro (Dracula AD 1972The Spy Who Loved MeStarcrashManiac); cult movie and TV star Francoise Pascal (Mind Your LanguageThe Iron RoseBurke & Hare); brand new comic book anti-hero Titan Defender Pushka; publishing legend Dez Skinn (Monster Mag,House of HammerStarburstDr Who Weekly); modern scream queen and producer  (Serial KallerAxe to GrindChristmas SlayBad Moon); horror journalist, artist and actorBilly Chainsaw (Space Monsters magazine, Bizarre magazine, Cry WolfStrippers Vs Werewolves) and more!

Wyntercon takes place from Friday 31st October until Sunday 2nd November 2014 at the  in the seaside town of Eastbourne. As well as the  you will also find a superb Comic ZoneTable Top & RPG Gaming Zone, , a Charity Auction, Laser Quest ArenaWyntercon Ball, movie screenings, special guests and yes….even more! Eastbourne has never seen an event of this magnitude so make sure you book your tickets before they sell out!

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